Although it's not often talked about, gas pain is one of the most common side effects of a C-section. It makes sense — after an invasive procedure like that, excess air and gas can get trapped in your stomach, making it difficult to deal with in the days following your procedure. Luckily, there are a few ways to relieve gas pain after a C-section that will get things moving along and lessen your discomfort.
You may experience gas pain in the form of bloating, sharp pains in your abdomen, or even pain in your upper body or shoulder, and according to some moms, gas pain can last for a lot longer than they expected.
You're probably expecting incision site pain, difficulty walking or lifting your baby, and are familiar with the common rules like no driving, limited stair climbing, and taking it easy over all. If you're not prepared for the gas pain, however, it can make it even harder to deal with. Fit Pregnancy suggested that before you even have your C-section, you should avoid foods that can cause gas and stay well hydrated.
If, however, you've already had your baby and are struggling with the pain, it's not too late though to find ways to lessen your discomfort. Trying these remedies along with taking any medications your OB-GYN may have prescribed for gas pain should get things moving along in no time.
1. Take A Walk
Even though it's probably the last thing you want to do, getting up and active can help eliminate gas bubbles more than anything else. According to the aforementioned Fit Pregnancy piece, even taking a short walk around the room can help move the gas pain.
2. Don't Use A Straw
Believe it or not, drinking from a straw can introduce even more air bubbles into your stomach. The Mayo Clinic suggested ditching the straw, eating slowly, and being sure to chew your food fully before swallowing.
3. Change Your Position Frequently
If taking a full on walk seems like too great a feat to master, even something as simple as moving your legs around or changing your positions can lessen your gas pain, the aforementioned Fit Pregnancy piece noted.
4. Rock In A Chair
Even if you can't go far from your bed, sitting up or reclined in a rocking chair can help. The motion from rocking can still be beneficial for eliminating gas, according to SheKnows.
5. Avoid Carbonated Drinks
According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, drinking carbonated drinks, which contain large amounts of gas, can make things worse. Stick to water or juice for the time being.
6. Stay Hydrated
An article from Empowher instructed moms to drink plenty of water post-op to encourage their systems to eliminate excess fluid and keep things moving along, instead of building up in your system.