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#1 of 17 Old 06-02-2009, 09:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I had none with my first (which I hear is normal) and terrible after pains with #2. I am pregnant with #3 and have heard that they get worse with each baby. Is this true? I am curious of other women's experience ... some people I know IRL with more than one baby have never had them at all.

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I cannot say that I recall having afterpains with either child. However, I had c-sections so I was on pain killers for that, so I assumed that the pain killers also prevented me from feeling afterpains. I think it's at least semi-common (among mainstreamers, anyway) to take some sort of pain killer after the birth for soreness, episiotiomy discomfort, etc, so perhaps these women did have afterpains but just didn't feel them.

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It was true for me. With baby #5, the afterpains were so bad that I had to stop nursing during our very first session. It was very much like labor. I ended up taking a percocet here and there during my hospital stay - not all day long, but at least one during the day and one during the night; I can't remember but I probably took one every 6-8 hours rather than the 4 that I think it was good for. That seemed to do the trick. I got a prescription to take home but never ended up needing it. (I couldn't take ibuprofen for other reasons; plain tylenol didn't begin to touch this pain.)

With this next one, I plan to ask for one percocet as soon as the baby is out, in preparation for that first nursing session, which was the worst of them all.

A friend of mine is a postpartum nurse and has often told me that the afterpains are usually worse the more babies one has had.
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My 4th and 5th babies were my easiest, most comfortable recoveries (24-48 hours of mild cramping). My third was the worst, due to complications. So, in my experience, afterpains aren't necessarily worse with each baby. I did use the complete Hypnobabies program with my last two, which probably has a lot to do with it. I also was much more careful about keeping my iron up which also helped a ton.

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My afterpains were worse with number three, but not unbearable. I would compare them to labor contractions, and I did have to breathe through them at times. Breastfeeding triggered them for the first couple days after birth. I took Motrin (3 at a time) and that seemed sufficient.

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My afterpains were worst with #3, but I also had complications. My mw told me to take motrin and arnica and that took care of them.

Like above I'm taking more specific supplements to help with my blood/vein health, so hopefully they won't be as bad.
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I'm going to be sure I am ready for awful afterpains when we eventually have #3. With #1 it was a bit painful... and with #2 it really took me by surprise and I was in quite a significant amount of pain - used pain killers and had a heat pad on my lower back for the first few days! Most people I ask say in general it gets worse with each child. Oh joy!

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i ask because i had absolutely no afterpains with baby #1. with baby #2 they were horrid. i had no idea that such a thing existed and called my nurse to make sure everything was ok, i was doubled over in tears from them and took pain-killers.
after pains are actually the only thing that makes me nervous about having baby #3 if it is supposed to get even worse.

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This whole thing has me worried because the after pains with DS (first child) were HORRIBLE! Labor was much easier (no drugs). I'm likely to deliver #2 any day now and I'm not looking forward to that part.

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I had horrible after-pains after #1, none after #2. I was actually really worried and apprehensive about the after-pains before #2 because they had been so incredibly painful. I had c/s with both deliveries and was on pain medication - believe me - I could certainly feel them even when you take pain medication. It sounds as if the intensity can vary from person to person and from delivery to delivery. I would say from my experience that having them once is no guarantee that you'll have them again.
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ive had 3 and i didnt notice much difference between #2 and #3. they were both intense~ definately like being in labor again. i didnt have any with #1.

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I think that my after pains have been pretty comparable with all three babies.

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Mine were not very bad after #1, pretty bad after #2, but then the easiest yet after #3. I was prepared for the worse. My midwife had me take some ibuprofen in anticipation but I ended up not needing anything more than that one time.
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i didn't think any of mine were that terrible. of course, now that i say it i'll get them awful after this babe is born.

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with #1 i didn't have any, with#2 it was pretty intense like some contrations! whew was i glad after a few days when they went away!

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Mine were so bad with my last #3... that I am now terrified... with #4 due in 5 days... I talked to my midwife and told her that I have some rationed vicodin from a tooth abcess and would like to take it after delivery... She said that would be totally fine...

My afterpains were tolerable for the first few hours after birth.. but around 4 hours after delivery when I was nursing it just about killed me.... I was in a full sweat and brought to my knees... So I am really scared with this delivery...
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Mine were worst after my third. I attribute the easier time this time to 1) Advil- 800 mg every 6 hours 2)Heating pad on my stomach constantly for the first few days and 3) Rescue Remedy. Those three things made a HUGE difference, and I had really been dreading them this time!
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