- If you had drugs during delivery, they can sometimes numb your pee-making parts enough that you can't recognize the need to go.
- Your bladder or urethra may have been bruised during labor. (With all that activity down there, that's not surprising, is it?!)
- Perineal pain can cause your urethra to spasm, making urination that last thing on its mind.
- You may be flat out freaked out about peeing, since your perineum—that whole area that gets a workout during childbirth—is probably seriously sore since giving birth.
- drinking plenty of liquids.
- doing some kegels to remind those muscles how to contract.
- spray the area with warm water form a peri-bottle.
- apply hot or cold packs to your precious parts (whichever feels better and makes you have to go!)
- straddle the toilet seat horsey-style to give things plenty of room.
- pee in the shower. (Hey, whatever works!)
Note: If you're having excessive burning or pain when you pee, you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI). In that case, you'll want to contact your doc.