Before the birth a woman may have fewer, firmer bowel actions than usual due to the effects of the hormone progesterone which relaxes the muscles of the bowel - but also due to increased fluid absorption from the bowel, and the increased pressure of an enlarged uterus and baby. It is not uncommon for some women to experience loose bowel actions, just prior to or during the early stages of labour. This then can delay the first bowel movements during the 48 hours after the birth, and it may take a few days for bowel movements to return to normal. Any bruising, swelling and trauma such as a tear or episiotomy will add to this.
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A person with bowel, or fecal, incontinence, cannot control their bowel movements. The stools, or feces, leak from the rectum, because of some underlying condition. Bowel incontinence can vary in severity from passing a small amount of feces when breaking wind to total loss of bowel control. Fecal incontinence is a common condition, affecting around 18 million people, or 1 in 12 adults, in the United States. Many people do not report bowel incontinence due to embarrassment and a mistaken belief that it cannot be treated.
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Accidental bowel leakage is loss of normal control of your bowels. It also is called fecal incontinence. This condition leads to leakage of solid or liquid stool feces or gas. Accidental bowel leakage can occur if there are problems with the muscles and nerves in the rectum and pelvis. The large intestine also called the colon must be able to form and store the stool until you can get to the bathroom. The following problems can lead to accidental bowel leakage:.
The site navigation utilizes arrow, enter, escape, and space bar key commands. Up and Down arrows will open main level menus and toggle through sub tier links. Enter and space open menus and escape closes them as well. Tab will move on to the next part of the site rather than go through menu items. Bowel control disorders affect the normal pattern of emptying your bowels.