I did, and they were severe to the point where I was complaining about them. My midwife recommended crampbark tincture. I used a Trilight herbs combination called "Contract Ease" which primary ingredient was crampbark and I felt it helped some if I took it the recommended every 4 hours--I felt like drinking it for a little while!
Between the afterpains (that lasted longer than a normal labor contraction) and the achey joint feeling in my hips and pelvis--the same kind of ache in your joints when you have a cold or flu--I was pretty uncomfortable for the first couple of days after the birth.
I've heard that afterpains increase in severity after each birth. Ugh, please no.
M.Ed. Mama to Chunka (1/07), Beauty (5/09) and Elizabear 3/12): Birth Doula (working toward certification) AAMI Midwifery Student, Advocating with Solace for Mothers & The Birth Survey
My afterpains this time around were VICIOUS. They offered me percoset for the pain at the hospital and for one minute I actually considered taking it. It was kind of like being in labor again for me, they felt like labor contractions. And they lasted a lot longer this time around. a few days for me at least. It sucked.
Shelley, married to my wonderful DH and mama to DD (11) DD (5) and DD (2)
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell, 1984
They do suck though!!
Army wife - Mama to Liam (9/07), Laine (5/09), and Eliza (7/11)
There was a day about 3 days pp that dh asked if I was having another baby. Apparently I was breathing exactly as I did during the end of my labor.
Lasted for 6 days this time.
Mama to Max 9, Neva 7, & Esme 4 and Julius 2.
I tried the tincture my mw gave me, it was only moderately helpful. But, it had motherwort, cramp bark, valerian, and black haw. Luckily for me they were only bad the first 2 days, and after that for a couple of days it just felt like menstrual cramps.
Now I have a raging case of hemorrhoids that's keeping me down. Any sugguestions?
I think mine lasted about 5 days or so? The first 3 days were the worst, but it didn't seem like they were any worse than with my first. I'm all for natural childbirth but I have no patience for afterpains, I took Motrin.
I had Ibuprofen in the hospital. They offered something harder, but I felt stupid (and bad) even consdering it sine I'd gone through a natural birth.