Postpartum question: Empty bladder and Afterpains?

  1. Hi all,
    Why do we encourage mom to empty her bladder if she has after pains? I know we want to keep the bladder empty because it can displace the uterus and increase chances of bleeding, but what about the after pains?

    I'm doing a care plan and I'm having a hard time finding nursing actions for this pain relief for some reason!

    Thanks!
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  3. by   DalekRN
    You answered your own question, emptying the bladder does let the uterus settle down and decreases pressure in the pelvis. That helps the pain. Heat packs and Motrin are good too.
    Last edit by DidiRN on Oct 23, '13

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