YES YES! THEY SUCK!!! DON'T MESS AROUND WITH THEM! BE PREPARED AHEAD OF TIME!!!
This was my 3rd, and MY GAWD THEY HURT SO BAD! It wouldn't be so bad, but the baby was on my belly nursing, and all i could do was rhythmically kick my legs, and writhe in pain. Other wise I would have gotten up and bent over the bed, and rocked like I did in labor. Having to sit still through them is what made them worse than labor. My husband's 'healing touch' (Gentle Pressure on my uterus which took away 75% of Labor Pain) helped a lot, and tylenol took away the edge, and Hot Rice Sock only helped a little, preferred Hubby's Hand. For 2-3 days they were UNBEARABLE then they were just very uncomfortable after that. On my 6th PP day now, and haven't had many more, think they are done. Wish I'd tried Afterease. Or something. BE PREPARED
Brittany Wife to Cedric (4-9-05) Mommy to: Gideon EdmundG.E.M.(2-1-07)
Miscarried Isabelle Aurora I.A.M. (12-12-08) Lorelei AriahL.A.M.(1-14-10) Youtube.com/user/murillomania
Tabitha Ivy Esperanza T.I.E.M.(7-17-11) My First Phineas Alexander Lyric P.A.L.M.(3-30-13)
SAHM to 3 boys and 1 man; 22 , 9, 5 and now 1 year old!
If I missed a dose it was unbearable.
Sunny : gun toting, retired breastfeeding, car seat loving, guitar playing, home birthing and schooling mama to Jakob (10.06), Mikah (07.08) and Korah (07.11).
Mine have been painful but bearable with baby #4. They definitely hurt. I have to breathe through them like I did through labor contractions but I don't feel like I'm going to jump or crawl out of my skin. I never did get any herbs because I ran out of time. Baby came about a week earlier than I expected. I tried acetaminophen. That didn't do a thing. My MW said to try 600 mg of ibuprofen for the first 6 hours. I swear they were worse after that. So, now I take nothing and just breathe through them. Having something that would ease them would be nice.
I swear by liquid cal/mag and I also downed a bottle of Afterease the first day so I wouldn't get them- I had minimal afterpains- last time around with baby number 5 they were really tough (even though I also took Afterease) so I think it was the combo. Oh also I've always used Arnica pre and post birth as well.
Strangely enough the after pains after my fourth birth were nothing! The third was bad, the second was bad and the fourth: nothing!
So don't be afraid before hand!
Barbara, Mama to Isabel (06/2004), Jake (08/2006-03/2007), Noah (01/2008), and Matteo (07/2011)
Please always research the safety of vaccines even if your doctor tells you they are harmless!