After pains - why do they get worse with each birth?
I've had TERRIBLE afterpains that have gotten worse each time. Yes, I'd rather have an epidural after the birth than before. Was on Tylenol 3 last time, and will hopefully get a prescription this time around too.
I was told it's because the uterus is stretchier, it just takes longer to shrink.
ETA: Afterease didn't do diddly-squat for me, unfortunately.
Afterease was worthless to me. I strongly consider smashing it again the wall at one point. The afterpains were worse with some of the kids then labor was and I would not say I had easy labors by any means! The after pains though would have me curled in the bed, sobbing. The uterus is more stretched out and has to work harder to get smaller then it previously did.
hmm. so the uterus gets consistently 'stretchier' with each pregnancy and birth. So it's safe to say afterpains do get worse each time? That makes it sound like the uterus is some fragile organ that should not be used too often. I have always heard that it is a muscle that only gets stronger with each 'use'. Which is it? Oh, isn't RRL tea supposed to tone the uterus? - perhaps this what they mean by 'tone'. That is, it reduces the stretchiness and makes the after-contractions smoother and more efficient and thereby less painful. ??? Has anyone actually tried RRL and found that afterpains were greatly reduced?