thread: epidural question

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    colleeg Guest

    epidural question

    hi all
    just reading up on epidurals, is it true that you have to have a catheda(sp) when you get an epidural? i was reading that becuase you dont have control (cant feel anything down there) you dont know when to go to the loo?


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    Add Rouge on Facebook

    Jun 2003

    Yep I had to have one. Didn't phase me too much, I thought it was going to be more painful than it was but it was fine. It did sting a little when I had to go to the toilet but other than that it was fine.


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    colleeg Guest

    ok, so do they insert the catheda after the epidural has kicked in?

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    BellyBelly Member

    Aug 2004

    I didnt have one with either of my epidurals and when asking the midwife at the hospital im going to this time about it she said it is all up to whether you can go or not yourself. everyone is different

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    BellyBelly Life Member

    Jul 2004
    House of the crazy cat ladies...

    I know I had a catheter with my epidural, but I can't for the life of me remember when it was put in! Probably after it had kicked in I suppose? Or maybe as it was kicking in? I think I was on too much gas to remember

    It didn't phase me either really...

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    Add Rouge on Facebook

    Jun 2003

    Yeah I had it after, I think it also depends on the severity of the epidural. If its a ****tail epidural or full on too.


  7. #7

    I was asked to go to the toilet just before my epidural with Kameron was inserted, and I never needed a cathetar, also went to the toilet fine after giving birth by myself.


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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW

    I had one and they took it out when I woke up the next morning They put mine in after the epidural and I didn't feel it at all the whole time, apparently I did wee, but I had no idea it was happening.

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    Registered User

    Aug 2004
    Hunter Valley, Wine Country, NSW

    At our Hospital when you have an epidural they put the cathetar in, the drip and put the fetal heart monitor onto bubs head. I don`t want an epidural but if it happens it happens.

    Take Care


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    Melinda Guest

    When I was in labour with Jacob I was going to the toilet whenever I thought of it to try and make sure I kept my bladder empty!! I remember though that I went to go on one occasion and couldn't go and they quickly popped a catheter in, drained my bladder (which was full to the brim judging by how much came out!) and then took it back out again. I was REALLY anxious about having it, but honestly, it wasn't bad at all. Later on, when I had the epidural, they put in another catheter, which wasn't taken out until the following day. It was a little strange going to the toilet after they had taken it out (didn't hurt when they took it out) because there was a bit of a loss of sensation, i.e. I didn't actually feel the need to go the toilet!! I just kept taking myself off periodically and 'trying' to go and it worked!! Things returned to normal on that front after a couple of days.

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    Ex adm!n, quietly rusting....

    Feb 2004

    Same as Tootie here - I had one put in & then removed and then later on I had one left in for the whole of the next day. I didn't have any problems going to the loo after it at all.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Sep 2004
    Melbourne, Australia

    I have had the two varieties of birth, vaginal with epidural and caesarian with spinal anaesthetic, and with both a catheter was routinely used after the epidural/anaesthetic had just started to work, and didn't feel it at any stage with either (apart from a slight sensation when being removed).

    My biggest fear with my last catheter was that my toddler would jump on the tubing and dislodge it or something, however the nurse assured me that it cannot become dislodged as it is held in like a little inflated balloon.

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    OMG Dee, I can't believe they put in a scalp monitor as well - how awful... surely you can refuse that?
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    BellyBelly Professional Support Panel

    Nov 2005

    You usually do need a catheter. But I have never put on a scalp electrode just because mum is having an epidural, that is just barbaric.

    Alan (Midwife)

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    BellyBelly Member

    Mar 2005
    Sydney, NSW

    I had an epidural and it lasted 7 hours and I didnt' have a catheter . I don't recall going to the loo until after and it took over two litres of water to get me to go anyway. xo

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    BellyBelly Member

    Feb 2005
    Mid North Coast NSW

    I had the catheter put in before, and it is something i had really worried about - but it really doesnt hurt going in, jsut feels a bit weird!

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    BellyBelly Member

    Sep 2004
    South Burnett, QLD

    I asked that the midwife wait until the epidural had kicked in before inserting the catheter... They took it out in the afternoon though (after the numbness had well and truly gone) and it didn't hurt at all.