weird pee-birth story (may be TMI)
Okay, I've been meaning to ask something along these lines too because the whole peeing thing nearly messed up my homebirth. So
In the middle of my birth pool bliss, while I was in transition (probably around 8 cm's), those darn midwives actually made me get out of that wonderful
pool to try and pee
. I almost refused, but then they mentioned a catheter and I knew the pool would be history then, so I conceded. Anyway, I managed to climb out, even though I was having back labour and my hips killed
. I got out, had one agonizing contraction over the birthing stool (the bathroom was too far away, so they rigged up a potty for me) and couldn't pee. Nothing would come out, and I wasn't gonna spend one more minute in that kind of pain. Back in the pool I went. Anyway, fast-track 2 hours, baby's out, placenta's on the way. My midwife is all set to catch the placenta in a basin under the stool. So, a contraction comes, I give one big push over the stool... and I pee on my midwife
me to keep drinking gatorade!
Anyway, I couldn't fully empty my bladder for weeks. Now that I'm pregnant again, the problem is showing up again and I often still feel I need to go even before I'm off the toilet. Sometimes I can lean forward and get more out, but usually not. It's so irritationg to know it's there, though, lol.
Anyway, I figure because baby was posterior and very very low, his head was blocking the flow, so all that straining and all that urine remaining there through pushing and everything totally battered my bladder. Now I know there's some permanent damage, and it's got me freaked out about the need for a catheter next time. The peppermint oil thing sounds awesome, is there anywhere you can buy it by the gallon?
Anyway, great thread!