Postpartum Gas: Causes and Remedies

Postpartum Gas Symptoms: Causes and Treatment

Gas Pain During Labor & Delivery

The most common symptom of postpartum gas is the pain during labor and delivery. Many women experience this pain during their pregnancy or even before they gave birth. But it’s not just the pain that causes problems, but also other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness.

Other symptoms include fatigue, headaches, irritability and mood swings. Some women have difficulty sleeping due to the pain.

In some cases of postpartum gas, the pain lasts longer than 24 hours. For example, one woman experienced her postpartum gas for over two weeks! She was very tired all the time and had trouble concentrating at work because she couldn’t concentrate on anything else except her pain.

Another woman experienced her postpartum gas for four days. Her baby was born prematurely and she didn’t want to push him out, so she could only hold him inside her. When the doctor checked her blood pressure, it was high enough that she passed out from exhaustion when he went through the birth canal.

If your postpartum gas persists for more than three days, call your doctor immediately!

What causes gas pain during labor and delivery?

There is nothing that can be done to prevent the pain during labor and delivery, but there are some things that you can do to prevent other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, headaches and irritability. These things include eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, getting enough rest and taking measures to manage your stress.

Can I take anything for my gas pain during labor and delivery?

If you think you’re going to need extra relief from your gas pain during labor and delivery, ask your doctor or nurse if it’s safe to do so. Taking Ibuprofen before or after birth can help with pain, swelling and inflammation. Some people are allergic to Ibuprofen, but Pseudoephedrine is another option.

You may want to bring a pillow with you to the hospital. When the time comes, you can put the pillow under your hips or knees to take some of the pressure off of your stomach and intestines when your baby passes through your birth canal.

Postpartum gas pain is no laughing matter. If it persists for more than three days after delivery, call your doctor immediately!

When do I call the doctor?

If you experience any of the following, call your doctor immediately:

Nausea or vomiting that prevents you from keeping down ORS solution or eating adequate nutrition. This can lead to dehydration as well as an imbalance of electrolytes that can be dangerous for both you and your baby.

Diarrhea for more than 48 hours after giving birth. This can also lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

Fever above 100.4°F. This may be a symptom of infection.

Gas pain that lasts more than three days after delivery. If your stomach hasn’t returned to its normal size within this time period, you may have an intestinal blockage or another medical condition.


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Last Update: 2016-04-28 07:02:40

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