Chewing Gum gets bowels working after caesarean!
Make sure you chew, to have a…..bowel movement!
A cheap and easy way to restore gastrointestinal function, a meta-analysis confirms. The aims of review and meta-analysis were to summarise current knowledge on gum chewing for activation of the gastrointestinal (GI) system following caesarean delivery.
GI symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and constipation are bothersome for women following a caesarean delivery. Often, soon after birth, the mother does not feel like eating or drinking routinely. Pain, discomfort and the fear of going to the toilet, both in walking to the cubicle or on a bed pan, inhibit bowel movements. However, Gum chewing has been shown to stimulate the digestive system in other post-operative patients.
Compared with the non-gum chewing group, gum chewing showed a beneficial impact on the major outcomes of digestive system activation, including bowel sound, gas passage and defecation.
So, plans to suggest Gum chewing in the immediate post-operative time period following caesarean delivery are realised and can provide a socially acceptable, low-cost and safe intervention to reduce post-caesarean delivery GI complications and restore digestive system function.
So ladies, what are you waiting for…get chewing!