After my last delivery I was totally blind-sided by the after pains, which didn't start until the middle of our drive home. I had never even heard of after pains before and was confused why the doc had Rx'd me Vicodin when I was leaving the hospital. I have heard that after pains can be even worse in subsequent pregnancies. I am wondering how to ease these pains and if there are *better* or more *preferred* pain killers to take when you are breastfeeding. I have already been drinking RRLT and will hopefully have some in the hospital and at home after wards. Is there anything else I can do?
Easing after pains.
My afterpains have always been worse than labour. With #3 they were terrible and I had a new midwife - she recommended a Calcium/magnesium supplement. I used Vitamist brand which is a spray vitamin and it was easy to take so often. It didn't get rid of the cntxs but it did help the intensity. And nursing often does help the cramping end sooner - just hard to bring yourself to do it when you know it'll bring on more afterpains. Anyway, I've order my Cal/Mag spray already to make sure I've got it and I'm only 13 weeks right now! Another thing my other midwives recommend is a herbal tincture called Afterease by WishGarden. HTH!
i guess i should consider myself lucky that i havent had after pains as bad as some of you, advil liquid gels are my best friend after having a baby though. after i had dd1 (at a birthing center) my midwife put me in an herbal bath (it smelled a lot like spaghetti sauce) but man i think it helped a ton as far as vaginal pain after the birth. the most comfortable way for me to sit was with my legs crossed and everyone was surprised i could sit like that. i also drank a bottle of liquid chlorophyll with grape juice after the birth. i don't remember what that was for exactly but i felt better overall after it. Ok I looked it up and the chlorophyll is to help after blood loss.
Previous C-Section mama's...I was wondering about afterpains? How did they feel for you with the added pain of the incision? I can't imagine and it really scares me. With DD I knew about afterpains but called the midwife because I was sure something must be wrong. They were so STRONG and painful.
DDCC I had terrible after pains after my 2nd birth. with my recent 3rd birth i planned ahead! i still had them, but they weren't as bad as last time, here is what i did: AfterEase tincture, a dropper full under the tongue as often as needed, belly binding, ibuprofen consistantly for the 1st 36 hours, and heating pad. I felt like these all helped. Good luck mamas!
This! We had just left the hospital and we were getting scripts filled when they started. It was terrible.
Mine were worse after baby #2 and I expect they'll be even worse this time. I know the hospital & midwife sent me home with some super strong Advil (maybe 400mg? I dunno) so I'm gonna stick with that. I'd love to go with something all natural and all that but I dont' trust anything to work as well as the ibuprofen and for the couple days I"ll be taking it, I don't fear it.
I had a c/s with my second, so the pain meds must have covered up any after pains. I'm worried about them this time though. I know it's not terribly popular, but I think I might ask for the pain meds just in case advil doesn't cut it. Once I have gotten through labor and birth, I want the bigger pain to be OVER and I am willing to pop a pill or two to help with that. Of course, my doula (who is a midwife) might have something to say about that, lol.