Post C Section Pain Control

It’s quite possible that your doctor won’t use the word pain when talking to you about c-section delivery, and in my opinion that is not only dishonest it is a disservice. You will hear me say this a lot, there is pain, it’s a big factor in your post cesarean recovery.

If you had an epidural or spinal for your c-section, you possibly had morphine added, which can give great postpartum pain relief for up to 24 hours without the grogginess that you get from full anesthesia. Know though that once your local analgesia stops providing adequate pain relief, you’ll be given systemic pain medication, usually pills containing a narcotic and possibly acetaminophen. It may help to take ibuprofen, too. You’ll also be given a stool softener to counteract the constipating effect of the narcotic.

If you had general anesthesia for your surgery or you don’t get morphine through your spinal or epidural after the birth, you’ll be given systemic narcotics for immediate postpartum pain relief. You’ll either get a shot of pain medication every three to four hours or you’ll use a system called

"patient-controlled analgesia": You push a button when you’re feeling pain that delivers medication through your IV. A machine controls the doses so you don’t get more than what’s safe.

If the medication that’s been ordered for you isn’t covering your pain, let your nurse know. If the nurse can’t help you, ask to see an obstetrician or anesthesiologist. The more comfortable you are, the easier it’ll be to breastfeed your baby and to get moving again. It’s important to know though that systemic medication can cause a variety of unpleasant side effects, like drowsiness, dizziness, and disorientation. Because of this, you’ll have to stay in bed. Some of these drugs may also cause nausea and itchiness. Obviously using pain killers like this can interfere with your first precious days with your new baby because of these side effects.

Well that’s the modern approach. The traditional care to aid recovery from a surgery like cesarean section is binding. Binding not only greatly reduces the pain from c section (or other abdominal surgery), it also aids in a faster recovery and reduces the likelihood of complications. If you use binding straight away you can greatly reduce, even possibly eliminate the need for pain killers and be available for bonding with your baby.  I will write about binding in detail soon, and I recommend taking a look at this c-section recovery binder in particular, it is unique and the best one I have seen so far for immediate use after delivery.