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#1 Cluckyandhopeful

Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:52 AM

I'm a novice at Caesars so I wanted to ask some really silly questions:

1 - the catheter...so what's the deal, where do they insert it (told you it was a silly question!)
2 - is it uncomfortable to insert? I've heard they normally do this when you're under?
3 - does it hurt when they remove it?
4 - when did you first pee/have a bowel movement etc?

In terms of your bleeding after the birth, was it heavy? I've heard breastfeeding can suppress this but wasn't sure if having a Caesar as opposed to a vaginal birth would make much of a difference?

#2 Bluestocking

Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:05 AM

1. catheter goes in the urethral meatus, here's a diagram: http://www.nva.org/images/vulvar_anatomy.jpg
2. they put mine in after the epidural (not a c/sec, this was a normal birth). They do use a numbing cream as well.
3. nope, may have had the epidural still in effect a tiny bit though.
4. wee a good 4 or so hrs later, no.2, about 5/6 days later (shh don't tell the nurses!)

eta- bleeding is very heavy initially afterwards but you won't know much about this. It slows down very quickly though. Its different for everyone regardless of c/sec or vaginal birth.

Edited by Excentrique, 18 March 2012 - 11:07 AM.


#3 oNeLoVe

Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:41 PM

I've had 2 c-sections - 1 emergency, 1 elective.  Both times the cathetar was inserted in theatre so you're neither aware of it, nor feel it.  Removed the next day, and it doesn't really hurt, just a bit of discomfort and it's very quick anyway.  Honestly can't remember how long until I needed to pee - probably hours as your bladder will be empty when they remove the catheter.  Agreed, number 2 was days later!  Nurses at my hospital weren't worried about that though, just when you pass wind.  Until you'd passed wind you were on the "light diet" - so soup pretty much!  I may have told them I'd passed wind when I hadn't (ssshhhh about that hahahaha!)

bleeding, with the first I was finished around 3 weeks later, this time about 4 weeks.  Up to 6 weeks is normal.  

QUOTE (Excentrique @ 18/03/2012, 11:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
4. wee a good 4 or so hrs later, no.2, about 5/6 days later (shh don't tell the nurses!)

eta- bleeding is very heavy initially afterwards but you won't know much about this. It slows down very quickly though. Its different for everyone regardless of c/sec or vaginal birth.


#4 Mpjp is feral

Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:47 PM

I had an emerg cs so my experience might be different. I had the catheter put in before any a aesthetic, there was no time. It just stung a little, it was fine. It was left in until the next day as I had a bad reaction to the GA. I don't remember when I wee'd, may have been later that day.

#5 Green Fairy

Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:52 PM

Emergency c-section, catheter inserted after spinal (have had it done without and it didn't hurt anyway just a little stinging sensation). Removing it is very quick and doesn't hurt. I had my csection in the early evening and was up next morning can't remember when I used the toilet but had no issues either way (so much easier than my vaginal births). I bled less after the c-section however I'm not sure it was due to that or just that each birth is different.


#6 YouAreBeautiful

Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:53 PM

Didnt feel mine go in as I was having a c section with a epi/spinal combo and they put it in after.

Very slight discomfort when it was taken out the next morning.

Bled very very heavily for the first week... changed a maternity pad every 30 - 60 mins after and alot of blood in the shower.

First BM was about day 4 after caesar.

#7 Chelara

Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:07 PM

I had an emergency c sec too, catheter put in in the delivery suite before going to theatre, not that bad I did have gas I think, no numbing cream or anesthetic. Bleeding was heavy but I also had a pph, due to he pph I think I had the catheter in for two nights. I guess I weed when I got to get up to shower. Having it put in was about the same as removal for me, In terms of discomfort. Don't let it worry you.

#8 ~ky~

Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:21 AM

I've had 4 caesars ... the catheter was inserted before anaesthetic the first time and after the other three times. It was a little uncomfortable when no anaesthetic, but not painful as such. Removal all times was more a wierd sensation than painful. It left me feeling a little itchy where I couldn't physically scratch, but only briefly.

I first wee'd about 3 hours after the catheter was removed. This, I think is a little unusual but I had been pumped full of fluids due to pph.

I first pooed approx day 2 each time. The first time I was really worried about how it was possibly going to be hard to do or painful, but in reality it wasn't an issue. The next three times I reminded myself of this and I was fine.

I have a really good diet as I'm a diabetic, so my stool was soft anyway, but eating kiwifruit or drinking kiwifruit nectar can help with softening your stool and make it easier to pass.

After my first 2 caesars they were interested in whether I had passed wind or not and restricted my diet to liquid/bland/soft food items for the first couple of days. After my last 2 caesars I was presented with a normal lunch tray straight out of recovery ...



#9 Charmzy

Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:36 AM

5 csects  - 2 inserted before spinal, 3 afterwards (I had to request this for 2 but the 5th one they'd changed the way they do things and I didnt need to ask)

Having it inserted before spinal I hated, had me in tears every time.   Obv with spinal no feeling.  Having it removed is uncomfortable but bearable.

First wee within an hour or two of it being removed. Bowel movements took 4-5 days post op minimum and needed some assistance the last 2 times with the help of I think Lactulose?? Something like that to help get things going.  







#10 PattiODoors

Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:07 AM

My catheter was inserted while I was under general anaesthetic for my first Caesar so didn't feel a thing. I don't recall it irritating me much while it was in there, it's held in by a balloon filled with about 10mls of sterile water. They deflate the ballot before removing it, I found it didn't hurt but I wanted to do a wee pretty much straight away. It was a little trickle of a wee though.
I think I had a BM about two days post op. I had Movicol every night and drank plenty of water. That was fine. I was actually dreading it but it didn't hurt. What felt a bit odd was I felt I didn't have any strength in my tummy muscles to push.

Before I posted I realised my phone had auto corrected BM to BMW.
Now that would make your eyes water and I'm guessing you'd need a lot more than Movicol to get that out. Hehe.

#11 Cluckyandhopeful

Posted 01 April 2012 - 01:15 AM

Thanks so much ladies!

Another silly question...if the catheter has to stay in overnight after the op, can I ask how you are meant to sit down/lie down or sit up in bed if the catheter is inserted down there??

Applebum, you mentioned that it's held in by a balloon?? Can I have some more information about this?


#12 tinkster23

Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:43 PM

Catheters are a soft flexible tube, you can lay and sit without really noticing it.  The balloon is inside your bladder, so you can't feel it and it's tiny anyway.

#13 ubermum

Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:48 PM

A very rare complication of birth (both normal and c/s) is urinary retention. Effectively this means you can't pee and can be caused by swelling and trauma down there. In that case, you would have to have a catheter for longer until the issue resolved.

You are unlikely to experience that, but I think it is good to know about every possible outcome, no matter how rare.

The baloon in your bladder that holds the catheter in holds approx 10ml of fluid, that tells you how small it is. It is inflated with saline once inserted, and a syringe is used to remove the saline and deflate the baloon before sliding the catheter out.

Edited by ubermum, 01 April 2012 - 11:50 PM.


#14 tibs

Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:49 PM

QUOTE (Cluckyandhopeful @ 01/04/2012, 02:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks so much ladies!

Another silly question...if the catheter has to stay in overnight after the op, can I ask how you are meant to sit down/lie down or sit up in bed if the catheter is inserted down there??

Applebum, you mentioned that it's held in by a balloon?? Can I have some more information about this?


I had mine taken out while I was still in theatre.  I was told I had to get up and do a wee within 4 hours of the op or they would put the catheter back in.

#15 Starrydawn

Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:52 PM

I had mine in before it just felt uncomfortable. After when they take it out you can feel numb it can be strange peeing as you cant feel but know you need to pee.



#16 Gone-Country

Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:10 AM

I've had 3 c/sections.  Catheter was inserted in theatre after the spinal block each time. It was left in until the next morning when I then got out of bed.  I could barely feel it when sitting or lying and I only felt a gentle tug when it was removed.


#17 lovemy32

Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:23 AM

Both time my catheter was inserted before i went to theatre. When I asked why, the lovely nurse told me it's much more private to have it done before you go into theatre then to have all the theatre staff and surgeon watching while it was done. Don't know whether that would concern me much - but the catheter didn't hurt anyhow, so wasn't a big concern.

My hubby laughed, I loved the first night after the caeser.... I had a catheter in, which meant I didn't need to get up to go to the toilet a gazillion times, and I had the "leg massager" things on my legs (meant to stop clotting I think), beautiful and relaxing, and I didn't wake up with any night cramps in my legs. Best sleep ever! biggrin.gif



#18 wallofdodo

Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:51 AM

QUOTE (ubermum @ 01/04/2012, 11:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A very rare complication of birth (both normal and c/s) is urinary retention. Effectively this means you can't pee and can be caused by swelling and trauma down there. In that case, you would have to have a catheter for longer until the issue resolved.

You are unlikely to experience that, but I think it is good to know about every possible outcome, no matter how rare.


This actually happened to me. And it wasn't picked up. So I had 3 months  of using a catheter.

Don't worry it is VERY rare, even more rare to not be picked up.

It happened again when I had my gallbladder out last year, so I had to experience a catheter again (thankfully only one night) and yes it is a weird sensation, I think coming out is worse than in. It doesn't hurt, just a bit irritating.

You don't notice the balloon, they inflate it after it is in, it is like a little anchor.

You can sleep and sit. If you sit on it wrong it can feel a bit weird, like a tugging, similar to sitting on a tampon string strange.  You just have to make sure there are not any kinks in the tube for the outflow and that the bag is lower than your groin, you don't want to have it all backing up! But don't worry the way they put it in and rest it on your bed, these things happen naturally. I think lying on the tube is ok. Just don't bend it but if you are concerned at all, ask the nurses.

I had one permanently for 3 weeks and never had a problem (it was changed twice in that time).






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