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Bathroom during labor: What if you have to go?

During labor, you might be able to get up and urinate every few hours. Your health care provider will probably encourage you to do so because a full bladder might slow down your baby's descent or make pushing less comfortable.

However, it might be difficult to sense that your bladder is full when you're having contractions — especially if you've had an epidural. As a result, you'll likely have a small tube (catheter) inserted into your bladder to drain the urine.

Occasionally, a small amount of stool is expelled during birth. Keep in mind that this is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.

Last updated: January 8th, 2015

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