I'm due September 30th and I am so worried about everything hospital-related. One of my main concerns is whether or not I will have to get a catheter (embarrassing!) if I decide to get an epidural--does it vary from hospital to hospital? Is it my choice? What are your experiences with an epidural/catheter?

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Jillian - posted on 09/28/2013

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Yea it doesn't sound all too appealing when you talk about it and you haven't experienced it yet but trust me, it's really not something you're focused on. The epidural is not a wonderful experience because it can be a little uncomfortable and it's a weird feeling, but the affects of it are AWESOME. There is so much going on around you and you're so focused on dilating and when you can start pushing and meeting your baby of course that you forget the small stuff like the catheter and getting the epidural. Just remember to breathe and keep positive thoughts. Hope everything goes smoothly for you! If you haven't read it there's a book by Jenny McCarthy called "Belly Laughs" that is hilarious! I would read it because she talks in there about being afraid of something during labor throughout her whole pregnancy and when she finally goes into labor, she totally forgets about what she was so worried about. I would recommend reading it if you want a good laugh. It's pretty vulgar but it's so true and honest and that's what makes it so funny. Good luck! Hope I helped ease your worries a little :)

Jillian - posted on 09/26/2013

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The bag hangs off the side of the bed and there is just a little tube inside of you.

Amy - posted on 09/26/2013

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thanks girls!! I did ask my doctor the other day and she said I definitely WILL be getting a catheter if I have an epidural. But I'm confused; so do you have a bag hanging off the side of your bed or something where everything goes or is it inside you..??

Jillian - posted on 09/25/2013

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I had my first baby back in April and I had an epidural so they had to put a catheter in. I couldn't feel a thing I never even noticed it was in and barely felt when they removed it. I honestly almost would've rather kept it in for longer after my c section because it was extremely painful to use the restroom because of the surgery. I wouldn't worry at all it all goes to the back of your mind once you're there and in labor. You just want to meet you little bundle of joy! Congrats and good luck :)

Niandre - posted on 09/24/2013

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The nurse who administered both for me was a little ruff, so I didnt have a pleasant experience, but I didnt have a choice for the epidural as I needed my passage clear when I was preparing to deliver naturally but neither for the catheter as I ended up having to have an emergency c section. But after all I've gone through, I must say, the gift at the end was more than worth it and I'll do it again times 10 :) #newmomstatus;;)

Danicia - posted on 09/23/2013

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Congrats on your new family member! :)
I did get an epidural (a GODSEND!) and yes they put a catheter in. with the epidural it numbs everything from mid waist to your feet, you can't feel when you have to pee or anything. they put in the catheter to help keep things clean and to help keep you comfy (instead of having to change the sheets underneath you multiple times). honestly, for me after the epidural I couldn't feel them put in the catheter and really couldn't have cared less b/c I had finally got relief from my constant 2 min apart contractions (they were that close for 16 hours of labor). this may sound crude but all modesty goes out the window when you are in labor, you have nurses/docs looking/feeling your stuff and you're too focused on staying calm and focused through contractions to care much. after daughter was delivered and they took out the catheter I was still waiting for the effects of the epidural to completely wear off.
The professionals at the hospital deal with all the bodily fluids on a daily basis, it won't bother them at all. if you're going to need a catheter at any time in your life, in a birthing center seems like a decent place to me lol. they are focusing much more on you and baby than a bag of pee.
good luck with your delivery and congrats again!

Michelle - posted on 09/23/2013

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I have had 3 children without epidurals so don't have any experience. I didn't do it to prove anything, I was just bloody scared of them putting a needle into my spine.
I think it's normal to have a catheter with an epidural as you can't walk for a while and can't get to the bathroom.
I would suggest getting yourself into the frame of mind that you won't need it. The recovery is better as well as the whole birth process. It also gives you a lesser chance of having to have a c section.

Stacieponich - posted on 09/22/2013

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Hello there! Congrats in advance! My little
One will be 1 on the 29th! When I had my son I had to go for a c-section so I had a catheter. It's really not bad! Especially after experiencing contractions! I believe when you have an epidural or spinal they give catheters, it's much more sanitary for your baby to come out and then you don't have to worry about peeing yourself (lol). Don't stress about it! And my spinal, was amazing! It really doesn't hurt. I just wiggled my toes and sang a song to distract myself from them doing it!

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