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The stretching and internal bruising, along with tenderness of the incision, are the main sources of post-operative pain. It is important that you accept regular medication offered by your nurse or midwife to control the pain. While you will not be pain-free in the early days, the medication and cold-pack application should keep you comfortable.

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According to the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Caesarean guidelines, around 8% of women who have caesarean births will develop a wound infection.

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Gas pains can be painful during C-section(CS) recovery and can make you feel like you are about to ‘lift off’.  The main cause of gas pain is trapped air in the abdominal cavity and large intestine. After a CS it is common for a slowing of the the bowel activity for several hours or days. Although this usually resolves by itself in a few days, it may be very uncomfortable. The retained gases and stools can cause the abdomen to become swollen and have painful cramps.  The side effects of some pain relieving medications following the surgery can also delay bowel activity. In...

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I only wish I knew then what I know now about the impact and management of caesarean births. 

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How does the SAC splint ease pain after surgery?

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