Chewing gum immediately after a caesarean has been shown to assist in the mother’s recovery, new research has found.
A study published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, which analysed 17 international studies, found chewing gum after surgery led to faster recovery in gastrointestinal function.
In total, the recoveries of 3014 women who’d given birth via caesarean were examined.
Those who were told to chew gum straight after delivery, and then three times a day for 30 minutes each time, had a quicker, more comfortable, recovery.
They passed their first post-birth ‘wind’ (flatus) more quickly than women who didn’t chew gum. They were quicker to experience their first bowel sounds and faster to reach their first post-birth feces.
They enjoyed less time in hospital, as well as fewer incidences of nausea and vomiting.