Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Do epis ALWAYS mean catheters?

I am having my 3rd child in July. One of the reasons I've never asked for an epi is that I don't want a urinary catheter. Do they always use one or no?

Answer Question

Asked by Anonymous at 5:01 PM on Mar. 30, 2009 in Pregnancy

Answers (6)
  • I'm pretty sure they do. I mean you're numb from the waist down, can't walk, can't feel anything really, including if you need to pee. It's a catheter or peeing yourself. I had an epi all three times and the catheter was fine. They don't put it in until you're numb and they take it out right away after you give birth, so it's not like you really feel it.

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 5:04 PM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • i only got one used on my 4th child other wise i didnt on my others and yes i had a epi every time

    Answer by josalin at 5:04 PM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • u dont even feel the cath

    Answer by josalin at 5:05 PM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • No, they call them walking epidurals

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:06 PM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • most of the time, yes. Walking epidurals are a crock. While you may have some mobility, it's still an epidural and can limit your functioning.

    You can ask your hospital their policy on cathing w/ an epidural.

    Answer by celticreverie at 5:14 PM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • I would think so. Just like canadianmom said. You would pee all over yourself if you didn't have one. You don't feel it. That's the reason you need it though. I had it for my first, and I could have sawed my own leg off. You don't feel anything!

    Answer by mompam at 1:14 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.