Interventions for preventing postpartum constipation

Turawa, Eunice Bolanle ; Musekiwa, Alfred ; Rohwer, Anke Cornelia (2015-09-18)

CITATION: Turawa, E. B., Musekiwa, A. & Rohwer, A. C. 2015. Interventions for preventing postpartum constipation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 9: Art. No.: CD011625, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD011625.pub2.

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Background: Postpartum constipation, with symptoms such as pain or discomfort, straining, and hard stool, is a common condition affecting mothers. Haemorrhoids, pain at the episiotomy site, effects of pregnancy hormones and haematinics used in pregnancy can increase the risk of postpartum constipation. Eating a high-fibre diet and increasing fluid intake is usually encouraged, although laxatives are commonly used in relieving constipation. The effectiveness and safety of available interventions for preventing postpartum constipation needs to be ascertained. Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of interventions for preventing postpartum constipation.

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