As long as there is something that is safe for nursing I am right with you.
Easing after pains. - Page 2
Ugh. After-pains. I'd forgotten all about them until this posting. With my last birth, they were horrible. The first time I nursed DS after my epidural wore off, my partner looked at me in panic and said "Are you O.K.?! You look AWFUL!" All the blood had drained from my face and I couldn't even speak. Ugh. The nurse gave me a heating pad which seemed to help, but I don't think I'll hesitate to take something for pain this time.
For births 3 & 4, I took some Motrin & AfterEase right after the birth (before the pains started). I think I took one or two more doses of Motrin, tops, but continued with the Afterease for 48 hours or so. The afterpains were not nearly as bad as they were after #2 (in that case I only used Afterease and didn't start it until many hours after the birth). Totally manageable. I also used a belly binder after #4 and think that was a huge help as well. The afterpains in all cases were gone within 2 days.
FWIW, after birth is the only time I ever take NSAIDs, but that's one instance where it's totally worth it, IMHO. Personally I would avoid Tylenol since it stresses the liver.
The hospitals Ive given birth at have been very proactive when it came to pain aftercare.. luckily because I wasn't after I got home and I could barely move with DD2.. DD1 I don't remember them being very bad and they couldn't have been since DH and I went food shopping the day after DD1 and I were released from the hospital and other than increased bleeding I don't remember any problems.. DD2 however, woozers! The NICU doctor was extremely worried to the point he called in an OB to look at me because I was in so much pain and swelled horribly. They almost readmitted me because nothing was working to manage the pain and swelling. Took a while for it to go away which took me by surprise. I figured it wouldn't be that bad because DD1 wasn't that bad.
I'm hoping that this one doesn't end up in the NICU so I can go home and recoup without having to get up every 1 1/2 hours to go walk to the NICU, feed him, come back, pump, and do it all again 45 minutes later. I think that is why it was so bad last time.
Honestly I suck when it comes to pain so I take what they give me (Motrin first time, vicodin in the end last time until I could move without looking like I was going to pass out from the pain). The after pain was a lot worse for me than the actual labor.