do u have to be on a bedpan?
or can you still control your bladder and such?
i havent had one with ether of the boys but i figure it has to be helpful
to deal with pain both of my labors where back labor and im SOO not happy
about doing the horrid pain so bad i puke again
i love my life!!!
I have had an epidural with all 4 boys. The 4th didnt work but thats another story. You do NOT have to have a cath with an epidural. I simply asked and used a bedpan. Just tell them you would like to try. I didnt want to risk a bladder infection after giving birth. I had 4 really long hard labors and used the bed pan a couple times. WIth me at that point I just didnt want something haning out of me. All my boys came in 2 to 3 pushes so it didnt impeed the delivery.
Jen-loving Bill, mama to Teryn 18, Kalyn 16, Ricky 13, Natalie 5, Angel Zoe '07 and Amelia Rae 22 mos bonus kids (dss) W 14, W 13 NEW grandbaby due 10/10/11
Incidentally, I loved my labor and birth, thanks to the epidural. Six hours after my water broke, I was still at 1 cm. After getting the epidural, I dilated 9 cm in 4 hours, felt nothing but pressure, and birthed my son in 4 pushes. I know there are lots of epidural horror stories, but I never regretted mine for an instant and totally enjoyed every second of my pain-free birth.
Missing Ashlyn 10/18/06 and Brennan 10/18/10
Cristeen ~ Always remembering our warrior ~ Our is 3, how'd that happen?!?!
We welcomed another warrior in May 2012!!
2012 Decluttering challenge - 575/2012
I felt the cathader both times and it was quite uncomfortable. I also got a UTI both times a few days later.
This was in Canada though.
Depending on the strength or density of the epidural, you can try to use a bedpan, but most people will be unable to.
Mama to P. born at home 10/09, and W. born in the hospital 2/13
Half-marathon running Mommy to 3 spunky girls and 1 sweet boy. Spending my days and nights where my kids need me most- at home with them!!
That being said, if you do decide to get it because it's right for you don't rely on it too much, there is always a chance that it would not work and going in thinking you will be pain free and then not being pain free at all can be a big disappointment, and stressful!
Good luck with your decision!
Elijah Mercury (7/2009), TTC #2 with my new soon to be DH! Tattooed, 29 year old cancer survivor!
With my first, I felt the urge and asked for a bedpan but I couldn't do it (maybe all those people in the room?) so they cathed me. Again though, I was up very soon after birth and was able to use the bathroom. No UTI either time.
My epidural did start to wear off before pushing due to a malfunction with the machine. It was OK though because I could feel to push but I didn't have intense pain.
If I were you I'd ask your doc and the hospital what their procedures are. It seems to be all over the board here.
Stephanie: married mom to 4
Located just slightly left of sanity.
OHHH FREAKING GOSH! laqbor was very very very painful with both boys to the point when i puke becasue of intense pain
no i dont think if i get an epi its going to be all sun shine and roses
but if it helps that would be great!
im just worried about how long it will be till i am able to get up and walk i DO not like to be tied down and not able to move
i love my life!!!
My sister has had 3 c-setions and as a result three epis. They made her get up and attempt to go to the bathroom within 3 hours I think? I'll ask her for specifics. She's had both cath and no cath I do believe.
There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing.
With DD2 I had an epidural and was not cathed. I just went to the bathroom before hand, then got the epidural, had the baby an hour later, then about an hour after birth asked if I could get up to pee. They told me that I had to wait for 4 hours to go by from removal before I could walk to the bathroom. When the hour mark hit- I rung in the nurse, she tried to "help" me to the bathroom, but I rushed ahead of her because I had to pee so badly- she didn't bother trying to help me back to the bed, just used the time to clean up my sheets.
I think it is a hospital policy thing- but I am just guessing- It may be a case by case thing as well.
The no pain was great, but the side effects weren't. I much prefer my hypnosis births (comfortable without side effects).
Homeschooling Mom of 5 dds
Planning my fifth natural birth using Hypnobabies for baby boy coming in June 2012!
If you had back labor in previous pregnancies, I would recommend checking out spinningbabies.com and seeking chiropractic support during the pregnancy rather than relying on an epidural. Back labor is caused by malpositioning of the baby, which can usually be dealt with much more easily and with fewer risks than an epi.
Sarah ~ ds X 12/05 ~ dd E 3/08 ~ 7/12