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Daft question about C section, can you tell me......

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daftquestion Wed 17-Aug-05 14:43:35

...if you had any wind? I had a section with my last baby and I was in agony for about 3 days later. My ward was full of other mothers and I was far to embarrassed to fart so held it in thinking it must be something to do with me.

Did you get it? Is there a reason I was so bad, not normally too windy other than that.

Have another section coming up and was wondering about it.

DissLocated Wed 17-Aug-05 14:46:43

Yup - and so did a friend of mine, pretty common apparently due to your intestines getting pulled and prodded about.

Aragon Wed 17-Aug-05 14:47:45

No it's not a daft question at all. Lots of Mums get this after a section, it's major surgery and they do pull you about a bit and the bowel takes a bit of pummelling. All the wind which you usually can't feel passing through your bowel suddenly becomes very feelable.
When I was a midwife we used to give out Peppermint water on a regular basis for just this problem.
And I was a windy devil after my section too.

gingerbear Wed 17-Aug-05 14:49:53

I had horrendous trapped wind and constipation for 3 days after c section. I was so proud and relieved when I finally did a poo I told every midwife and even the tealady about it!

Windeeze helped, but I ate them like smarties.

Chuffed Wed 17-Aug-05 14:53:51

Yep, hope you have a room with someone with a toddler and just hope everybody thinks its them

Trudstar Wed 17-Aug-05 14:57:28

I also had painful wind after my c-section, especialy in my lower back. I was warned about it so made sure I had a supply of windeeze at hand as I suffer from IBS anyway. Might sound daft after having a c-section but walking around and getting dh to rub and pat back realy helped to shift it! Hot water bottle was good as well.

Windermere Wed 17-Aug-05 15:04:06

No, I didn't.

NotQuiteCockney Wed 17-Aug-05 15:06:32

I had this a bit. I think it's at least partly down to the anasthetic, as that's hard on the gut - slows everything down. Also, you can't walk around much after (or during!) a section, which also isn't good for the gut.

Mummyvicky Wed 17-Aug-05 15:09:03

Yep me too , although my trapped wind travelled up and was in my shoulder, at the front, very painful !! I thought it was just me, but the midwives said it does happen sometimes.
The worst bit is you cant even run to the loos to do in in private because you hurt so much !!

daftquestion Wed 17-Aug-05 23:13:56

I didn't know that could happen to trapped wind?!

daftquestion Wed 17-Aug-05 23:15:32

PS I think it's something all ladies going for a C-section should be told about before!

zippy539 Wed 17-Aug-05 23:23:10

I had so much wind after dd (c-section 2) that I was re-hospitalised! I was in so much pain (and I'm not a wimp!) that I had x-rays!! Turned out I had an infection into the bargain but I can honestly say that I was in pure bloody agony for three weeks - with nothing more than wind

highlander Thu 18-Aug-05 07:39:51

I was told to expect lots of gas, and not to hold back. I thought it was hilarious

NoPearls Thu 18-Aug-05 08:48:42

I can recall a very blunt Aussie Midwife asking if the Fart Fairy had been yet!

tissy Thu 18-Aug-05 08:59:18

Erm, I had so much wind that a couple of days after my section I looked as if I had another one in there! The bowel doesn't like being handled so goes on strike for a while, and doesn't push the wind along as normal. As a result it collects in large quantities . I also had the problem that i had hardly eaten towards the end of my pregnancy, due to severe reflux, so when i got back from theatre the first thing I did was tuck into a plate of Fish and chips followed by tinned peaches and custard- BIG mistake and probably one of the reasons I blew up like a balloon!

vickiyumyum Thu 18-Aug-05 09:04:42

yep, almost everyone gets it. when they open you up, your cavity fills with air and when they stich you back up, the air is stuck inside and has to comeout somewhere! did they not tell you about if you feel really bad to have peppermint tea or they should have peppermint cordial on the ward that they can give you to ease the paina dn help the wind on its way.

Your stiches are pretty strong and won't burst, if you feel cautious you can just put your arm across that aprt and hold whilst you pass wind.

if you are on a bay/ward with other c-section mums they are probably all doing the same, so don't worry.

meggymoo Thu 18-Aug-05 15:47:37

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Jimjams Thu 18-Aug-05 19:11:14

I've had 3 sections and had it with my last one. The m/wife gave me peppermint water- and wow it was brilliant!

biglips Thu 18-Aug-05 19:18:09

peppermint water are excellent for wind

fruitful Thu 18-Aug-05 19:29:57

Nope, had 2 cs now and worried about it both times, but it didn't happen. Maybe I was just so tanked up on painkillers I didn't notice . I did get the shoulder pain thing though - weird - but I didn't think it was wind? How would it get up there? Only lasted a night though.

HelenEmjay Sat 20-Aug-05 15:29:07

Hiya ladies - sorry to butt in, and it may sound abit of a daft question, but, what sort of peppermint juice/cordial is best? i had really really bad trapped wind with my last section and although i took windeeze which was ok, i never took any peppermint stuff and i have heard since that it is good! im due for my third section in about 3-4 weeks and i would like to take some! Helen xxx

Ladymuck Sat 20-Aug-05 18:30:03

Not sure that it matters, provided it is peppermint essence rather than just flavouring. I used the teabags myself.

Christie Sat 20-Aug-05 21:29:21

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aloha Sat 20-Aug-05 21:30:45

I didn't but I have heard of people who did.

Milge Sat 20-Aug-05 21:33:44

I took in pepper mint teabags too - but didn;t notice the problem too much.

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