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post #21 of 47
Originally Posted by jennert View Post
i couldn't pee after the birth of my first. (hospital pitocin induction, but no pain meds.) they put drops of peppermint essential oil in the toilet bowl and wham! i didn't know i could hold that much pee! let me tell you i'm going to have peppermint oil right next to my toilet for my homebirth this time around!
Why does that work?
post #22 of 47

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
You told 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!
post #23 of 47
I didn't pee between the start of active labor (around noon) and when the placenta finally came out (around, oh, 8pm?), with my unhindered home waterbirth. I felt I needed to the whole time. It was probably the most irritating part of labor, actually. But, I couldn't pee (not in the tub, not on the toilet, not in the shower, not listening to water, not with my hand in warm water, not going psss -- and I don't do essential oils, so we didn't try the peppermint thing), so I didn't. My 10lb6oz baby came our just fine, nothing was broken or tore or ruptured, no cath was ever needed or suggested or requested.

Sometimes a full bladder that can't be emptied CAN stall labor, which is why a lot of midwives carry catheters, but it's ridiculous to think that just because a woman can't pee doesn't mean she HAS to ONOZOMGZ GET THE CATH!!!1!!
post #24 of 47
This is common if you get an epidural. If you go natural, though, you should be fine peeing on your own.
post #25 of 47
I didn't take the time to read all of the responses, but this happened to me with my first at the birth center. I didn't pee hardly at all (maybe not at all?) during labor and just couldn't go afterwards. We waited and waited and tried most of the tricks mentioned, but it just wasn't happening. The nurse explained it like birth can just really work over your insides.

I only wanted to chime in that my nurse was incredibly experienced with caths and it was no big deal, didn't hurt a bit. I wish I'd done it hours before and been able to go home in time for dinner with my family. My mw has already assured me that there's no greater chance it would happen again but that they can cath if necessary.
post #26 of 47
Originally Posted by maxwill129 View Post
Why does that work?
My doula friend once told me peppermint oil works because it causes the capillaries do contract and allows space to be made. Or something like that.
post #27 of 47
I had some difficulty peeing after the unmedicated delivery of my son. While I was sitting on the toilet, my doula suggested that I hold up one finger and blow on it like I was blowing out a candle. I thought she was crazy, but I tried it and it worked! I don't know why it helped relax those muscles, but it did and what a relief!
post #28 of 47
I couldn't pee after my last birth. I had my doula tell me stupid jokes until I finally did. Sometimes it really is a mental thing - I just had to get in the right head space.
post #29 of 47
Originally Posted by BekahMomToOliver View Post
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
You told me to keep drinking gatorade!
: oh my, that's a good one.

I too had a hard time peeing after labor. My dd was a totally natural birth, no issues. The mw had me try several times to pee and I just couldn't. Finally she said one more try and then we'll have to do a cath - well, that threat worked and I peed. I'm definitely trying the peppermint oil this time.
post #30 of 47
I couldn't pee for my entire labour and several hours beforehand too. I had a completely natural birth but a bad tear that required stitches. I was is so much pain due to my full bladder that the midwife offered the catheter and I was happy to take it. Given she was down there with a local anaesthetic anyway, I couldn't see the harm.
post #31 of 47
I was unable to pee twice during labor with my DD....I asked the midwife to do a quick-cath both times because the fullness of my bladder was really getting to be painful, and it just wasn't coming out. Both times we could feel, as she inserted the cath, that the babe's head was pressed hard against my urethra. I don't recall the exact amounts, but I do remember that neither were "oh my gosh look at all the pee!" quantities. I had no problems peeing after the birth, thankfully.
post #32 of 47
Just wanted to say that I had no problems peeing after either of my hbs, but that my midwives would not leave until I had successfully peed... so it seems like it's a common concern, but not inevitable! Lots of neat ideas to get things going here! (I so can't believe that some of you have never peed in the shower -- really? I totally feel like I'm saving the water from flushing ... every morning! TMI!)
post #33 of 47
peeing in the shower after birth is one of the greatest reliefs for me~ i forgot to mention the shower in fact that is where i found success
thanks for the reminder donutmolly
post #34 of 47
I could pee while early in my labor, but once I got around 8-9cm, that didn't happen anymore. They did a quick-cath and I was relieved at how better I felt. I had a natural birth, and no trouble peeing afterward.

I think the idea about being fine if you didn't have an epidural is a myth - luckily there are ways to help.
post #35 of 47
Originally Posted by jennifercp8 View Post
I think the idea about being fine if you didn't have an epidural is a myth - luckily there are ways to help.
i agree - i couldn't pee during my home waterbirth at all. eventually they cathetered me when i was around 8 cm (which didn't hurt btw). the midwife thought the bursting full bladder was one of the reasons my labour stalled. i really really intend to pee a whole lot more next time round.

i eventually ended up in hospital with pitocin & an epidural, no problems peeing during that or afterwards at all.
post #36 of 47
I just can't pee when I am labouring.

First birth - epidural and ended up being cath.
Second birth - I just got on with it and did my best without peeing but a couple hours after birth I did a mega pee (labour was 12 hours).
Third birth - Couldn't pee, thank god I only had 6 hours of labour.
post #37 of 47
It took me a little longer than 'expected' to be able to pee after both births. The first time (unmedicated hospital birth) I did manage to get a little bit out but it missed the little pee catcher thing and I had to convince the nurse that I did indeed pee a little in order to avoid being catheterized. Within an hour of getting to our postpartum room, I overflowed the little pee catcher thing Second birth, same thing - midwives left here about 2 hours after he was born, and I still hadn't peed (I tried, no luck). Within an hour of them leaving I was up out of bed and had a huge pee. It takes me around 3 hours to recover, I guess. I have no trouble during labour, up until things really get active and then I don't really pee until baby is out.
post #38 of 47
I am one of those can't pee during labor gals. Unfortunately, I think it is the reason I had the cascade of interventions in the the hospital. I couldn't pee at all from the time I was in active labor and kept trying. I stalled at 9.5 cm for hours with horrible pain everywhere. I had been in labor for 35 hours @*#($*(@ at that point (and it had probably been about 20 hours since I had last peed). Of course none of the doctors thought about a full bladder and I wasn't thinking clearly and so I got every intervention short of a c section BEFORE I got the cath which actually got things moving So this is something very much on my radar this time as I am planning a homebirth.
post #39 of 47
I thought I was the only one!!! So glad to hear that there are others out there who couldn't pee right after birth.

I didn't pee at all during my 9 hr labor. It was just too intense and I couldn't focus on anything except getting thru each contraction and resting in between. So, you can imagine how surprised I was to find that I could not even feel the need to pee after DD was out. That theory about the bladder being paralyzed makes a lot of sense to me, because I could not feel a thing (and I had a completely natural birth). My MW cathed me and a ton of pee came out! A couple of hours later I tried to pee, because I could feel the need to, but nothing would come out. I, too, found success in shower, after many failed attempts on the toilet and threat of another catheter.
post #40 of 47
Ok I haven't read the prev posts, but I found that I wasn't really able to feel my bladder well into labor. I had been peeing regularly for a while but when I went to push I just pushed urine out. I allowed the doc to briefly cath me - I think they drained maybe 2 cups or so? - and then they removed it and I was able to push much more effectively. In my case, my bladder was full enough that it was preventing my baby from descending very well. It was not traumatic, it didn't hurt, etc. At that point I just wanted to push the kid out and have my VBAC, KWIM?
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