Postpartum Pain Management Recommendations From the American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsJuly 25, 2018
A committee from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists formulated several recommendations for safely managing pain and fatigue in women during the early postpartum period.
Noting that untreated pain is associated with increased risks of greater opioid use, postpartum depression, and development of persistent pain, the authors recommend non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies as components of postpartum pain management.
Abdominoplasty in the postpartum population improves low back pain and urinary incontinence.
Single-dose aspirin may provide relief of perineal pain after episiotomy in women who are not breastfeeding.
There is high satisfaction for a postpartum self-administered medication program on postpartum wards.
These findings lay the groundwork for further consideration of OMT as a supplementary approach to standard care.
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