Are wind pains 'lifting you off' the bed?

Wind pains after surgery

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 some cases  hospital discharge may be delayed until bowel function is fully restored.

Check with your healthcare provider for for relieve gas symptoms -

      • Getting out of bed and walking as soon as possible after surgery.
      • Drinking peppermint tea 
      • Hot packs can ease the cramps.
      • Caffeinated coffee is said to be more effective than tea in stimulating bowel function
      • Passing intestinal gas as soon as possible after surgery
      • Gentle abdominal massage directed in an upside down a ‘U’ shape from the right hand lower abdomen up and across under the ribs and down the left side can also help to mobilise the bowel into action.
      • Another helpful strategy is taking some slow deep breaths filling the lower lungs and stretching the abdominal muscles then, drawing the lower back onto the bed when exhaling.
      • Chewing sugar free gum can also stimulate the bowel to return to normal function.
      • Listen carefully to your body, particularly after eating as often the signal for a bowel movement will present around 20 minutes after eating or drinking a hot drink.
      • The yoga posture called the 'cat stretch' can also help if you are up to it. This involves kneeling on all fours and arching your back as you inhale and as you exhale sucking in your abdominal muscles.
      • The most important thing to remember is positioning on the toilet to facilitate the bowel movement. It is good to have a footstool to elevate your knees, a wound splint or cushion to support the incision area, sitting with a straight back whilst leaning slightly forward .
      • Stool softeners in the form or tablets of powdered drinks may be necessary , check with your doctor or midwife.

Let's hope with the help of some of these remedies, you can avoid blasting off !