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Old Feb 7th, 2017, 14:05 PM   1
sarah1980
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Epidural and catheters


Quick question!

Do you always have to have a catheter in your bladder if you have an epidural?

Sarah xxx



 
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Old Feb 7th, 2017, 15:48 PM   2
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Usually, yes. You can't feel when you have to pee so you need a catheter.



 
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Old Feb 7th, 2017, 16:42 PM   3
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Usually, yes. You can't feel when you have to pee so you need a catheter.
Thanks! I had never thought about it before hand and didn't even realise I had one when I had my epidural with my first son but it caused me all manner of problems afterwards so keen to avoid having one this time!

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Old Feb 7th, 2017, 17:27 PM   4
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This is one of my concerns too. I am not so much afraid of the epidural, I am afraid of the catheter and the aftermath of what it can do to you.

That is one of the reasons I want to try natural because once you have the catheter in, you cannot move and I want to be able to move freely and try different birthing positions.

I am so back and forth with this (medicated vs. unmedicated). I asked my sister-in-law who has three kids. The first two kids were natural and last one was with the epidural and she said she doesn't know why she didn't do the epidural with the first two.

So I am so torn on what to do I have no idea.



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2017, 03:50 AM   5
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Yes I had a catheter both times when I had an epidural.



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2017, 06:27 AM   6
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This is one of my concerns too. I am not so much afraid of the epidural, I am afraid of the catheter and the aftermath of what it can do to you.

That is one of the reasons I want to try natural because once you have the catheter in, you cannot move and I want to be able to move freely and try different birthing positions.

I am so back and forth with this (medicated vs. unmedicated). I asked my sister-in-law who has three kids. The first two kids were natural and last one was with the epidural and she said she doesn't know why she didn't do the epidural with the first two.

So I am so torn on what to do I have no idea.
Yes it's very much the same for me. With my first I wanted as natural as possible but when the time came I just couldn't cope and asked for an epidural. The epidural itself was great but it was everything that came with it that I didn't like. I had the wire in my back for the epidural, the catheter in, 2 drips in and a wire attached to my baby's head, I was confined to lying in bed on my back and literally had wires coming out of everywhere, I hated it! I asked for my catheter and drips to come out straight away but was told they had to stay in for 48 hours "just in case". Where I live we have a birthing centre but the hospital is 30 miles away and if you go to the hospital to have your baby you get sent back afterwards to recuperate in the local birth centre so I had to come back in my husbands car with cannula's in my hands and a bag attached to my leg. It was honestly horrifying. I've suffered urinary incontinence ever since and have had to physio to get to a reasonably controllable level, they say it's pregnancy that caused it but I feel it was partly due to having to have that catheter in for days when I really didn't need it. Immediately after they took it it I was stood there holding my newborn and all of a sudden my legs were warm and wet, I just looked at my husband and said am I haemorrhaging? He said no love, you've wet yourself! I had no control whatsoever and I took me many months to get it to what it is now which is reasonable but I could never go without incontinence products unfortunately.

This time around I'm more prepared and I'm going to try and have my baby in the birth centre so I can avoid all of it!

Sorry for the rant, I'm a bit bitter about it all!

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Old Feb 8th, 2017, 07:14 AM   7
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When I had mine as the epi wore off it was very uncomfortable. They offered me the option of removing the balloon cath and then I would have to be manually cath'd every half hour, which raise the risk of infection. That may be an option that would allow you to move around more, but it is up to the hospital if that is something they will allow, and also understand it comes with more risks.

Of course, if actually being cath'd is what bothers you, you wouldn't want to do that! It is painless with the epi in.

They removed the cath and the epi almost immediately after she was born.

My son was an EMCS, they left the epi (and the cath) in for almost 48 hours after birth due to having to have magnesium sulfate for pre-eclampsia. I have had no issues from it. The ladies who removed it were shocked it had been in so long and said it shouldn't have been (infection risk).

I have had no incontinence issues, from either the long catheterization or from my subsequent vaginal birth and catheterization. My only complaint was the discomfort when the epi started to wear off.



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2017, 07:29 AM   8
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once you have the catheter in, you cannot move and I want to be able to move freely and try different birthing positions.
Its not the cath that prevents you from moving, its the Epi.



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2017, 10:48 AM   9
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Sarah I hate to say it, but it is much more likely that's the birth caused the incontinence than the catheter, although I do know how uncomfortable they are, I had one for 4 days once . I did only have to have mine for 24 hours after my epi though, so you could push to have it removed sooner I would think.

TBH I think that woman should be told more about the issues, such as incontinence, that are common with childbirth rather than brushing it under the carpet... it would make woman feel more norm when things do occur!



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2017, 13:44 PM   10
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sarah1980 - how are you preparing for natural birth? I have done some research and hear that a Doula can coach you through the process by coming to your house to monitor you so you don't head to the hospital too early. And she can be your "voice" in the hospital to make sure you don't get unnecessary treatments.

On a side note, I asked my OB what she thought of natural child birth and Doula's and she said "No one gets an award for giving birth naturally" and that I should save my money on a Doula and get a nice bag or get the Doula for after birth. She later called to apologize on that comment, but it really made me think about going with the epi.



 
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