The relationship between pain catastrophizing and pain intensity during the postpartum period

Takeaway

  • Changes in pain intensity (PI) predict changes in pain catastrophizing (PC) during the postpartum period, but changes in PC do not predict changes in PI.

Why this matters ?

  • The relationship between PC and PI has only recently been studied, with varied results and using mostly chronic pain patient populations.

  • This study of acute pain samples highlights the relationship between PI and PC in the early postpartum period and underscores the need for pain management during the postnatal period to prevent PC.