Health Desk-June 01, 2017: A new study said that all new mothers who have a caesarean should chew gum three times daily afterwards to keep their movements healthy.
This can help the one in five women who suffer from postoperative ileus - the medical term for lack of movement in the intestines after an operation.
Chewing gum three times a day for 30 minutes at a time can help restore normal gut function, Philadelphia researchers discovered.
Dr Vincenzo Berghella from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, US and his team analysed 17 studies that looked at more than 3,000 women who had C-sections.
The gum chewers released gas about 23 hours after their operation, compared to 29.5 hours for the non-chewers.
Doctors usually encourage patients to eat as soon as possible following surgery to ease any potential gut problems.
But, for new mothers feeling sick following a C-section, food can be rather unappealing.
The research was published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine.