Is there association between the discomforts of the immediate postpartum period and type of delivery? An observational study

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Thalita Rodrigues Christovam Pereira
Fábio Tadeu Montesano
Pryscilla Dieguez Ferreira
Andrea Simões Minozzi
Ana Carolina Sartorato Beleza


Introduction: The type of delivery may be a determining factor for the development of discomfort in the immediate postpartum period. Objective: To identify the discomfort related by women in the immediate postpartum period and to compare them among those submitted to vaginal delivery and cesarean. Methods: Cross‑sectional analytical study developed in a public maternity hospital with medical records that contained information of physical therapy evaluation of postpartum women attended from February to November 2011. Results: A total of 346 records were included in this study. Immediate postpartum complaints: abdominal pain (31.5%), edema (19.1%), low back pain (18.2%), neck pain (9.8%) and discomfort in the lower limbs (5.8%). Cesarean was the mode of delivery that caused greater discomfort related to the presence of abdominal pain (p=0.001), neck pain (p=0.017) and edema (p=0.017). Conclusion: The findings suggest that women who undergo cesarean are vulnerable to greater morbidity compared to vaginal delivery during the immediate postpartum period.


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Pereira, T. R. C., Montesano, F. T., Ferreira, P. D., Minozzi, A. S., & Beleza, A. C. S. (2017). Is there association between the discomforts of the immediate postpartum period and type of delivery? An observational study. ABCS Health Sciences, 42(2).
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