Ongoing pain after childbirth may predict postpartum depression – even if a woman’s labor and delivery were not particularly painful, new research suggests.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have uncovered that it is the post-birth period that needs special attention.
They advise that doctors need to make sure that women are not sent home to suffer in order to protect their physical and mental health.
The authors of the new study found, if a woman has a great deal of pain during her recovery after giving birth.
Complications such as tearing or wounds left by a caesarean section have a greater than expected impact, shares Daily Mail.
Assistant Professor Dr Jie Zhou, who led the study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, said: ‘For many years, we have been concerned about how to manage labour pain.
‘But recovery pain after labour and delivery often is overlooked.
‘Our research suggests we need to focus more on helping new mothers manage pain after the baby is born.’
Dr Zhou added: ‘While ibuprofen and similar pain medications are considered adequate for pain control after childbirth, clearly some women need additional help managing pain.
‘We need to do a better job identifying who is at risk for postpartum pain and ensure they have adequate postpartum care.’
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