Severity of acute pain after childbirth, but not type of delivery, predicts persistent pain and postpartum depression

University of Geneva, Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Pain (Impact Factor: 5.21). 10/2008; 140(1):87-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2008.07.011
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Cesarean delivery rates continue to increase, and surgery is associated with chronic pain, often co-existing with depression. Also, acute pain in the days after surgery is a strong predictor of chronic pain. Here we tested if mode of delivery or acute pain played a role in persistent pain and depression after childbirth. In this multicenter, prospective, longitudinal cohort study, 1288 women hospitalized for cesarean or vaginal delivery were enrolled. Data were obtained from patient interviews and medical record review within 36 h postpartum, then via telephone interviews 8 weeks later to assess persistent pain and postpartum depressive symptoms. The impact of delivery mode on acute postpartum pain, persistent pain and depressive symptoms and their interrelationships was assessed using regression analysis with propensity adjustment. The prevalence of severe acute pain within 36 h postpartum was 10.9%, while persistent pain and depression at 8 weeks postpartum were 9.8% and 11.2%, respectively. Severity of acute postpartum pain, but not mode of delivery, was independently related to the risk of persistent postpartum pain and depression. Women with severe acute postpartum pain had a 2.5-fold increased risk of persistent pain and a 3.0-fold increased risk of postpartum depression compared to those with mild postpartum pain. In summary, cesarean delivery does not increase the risk of persistent pain and postpartum depression. In contrast, the severity of the acute pain response to childbirth predicts persistent morbidity, suggesting the need to more carefully address pain treatment in the days following childbirth.

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    • "Although caesarean delivery and operative vaginal delivery have been associated with higher levels of acute pain compared to unassisted vaginal delivery [10], the mode of delivery has not been consistently linked to persistent pain_ENREF_6 [1] [5] [8] [10] [20] [29]._ENREF_5_ENREF_5 Indicators of tissue trauma, such as episiotomy or perineal tears, does not seem to influence recovery after childbirth;[9]_ENREF_5 however, high acute pain intensity in connection with childbirth has been consistently associated with persistent pelvic pain [10]. "
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    • "However, due to selective inclusion and somewhat artificial conditions of RCTs [e.g., rescue intravenous (i.v.) patient-controlled analgesia], these rarely represent typical everyday care and the normal course of acute post-operative pain. Next to the unpleasantness of pain, insufficiently treated acute pain after CS can contribute to long-term negative outcomes such as chronic post-operative pain (Nikolajsen et al., 2004; Eisenach et al., 2008; Kainu et al., 2010), a threefold risk of developing postpartum depression, a risk for delayed breastfeeding and a feeling of guilt if the woman is not able to care for her newborn (Eisenach et al., 2008; Woods et al., 2012). Persistent maternal pain and depression have also been demonstrated to impair cognitive processes and might induce later behavioural disturbances in the child (Wrate et al., 1985; Grace et al., 2003; Evans et al., 2007). "
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