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Ugh, I had the worst afterpains with #2 and was totally unprepared for them. I swear I thought something was wrong with me. They lasted for weeks and I never took anything for them.

Are they supposed to get worse with each child? Any good remedies?

Ugh....I'd totally forgotten about that...
 

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Mine were worse w/ds (baby two) but not that bad. They didn't last more than a day, from what I remember. Definitely not more than a few!! I plan on getting an afterease tincture this time.
I hope it helps. But I don't remember it being that big of a deal.
 

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Mine also got worse with every child. I swear with #3 it was worse than labor so I'm not looking forward to having them again! I already have my cramp bark and my MW has after ease so I will be prepared. I would say mine lasted 3-4 days and I didn't take anything last time.

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Darn it, I had forgotten about afterpains. Well, I definitely felt them with DS, it was the shock of my life to be holding my sweet baby and nursing him and to feel those horrible contractions. Mine lasted about two days,I'd say, they got much better after the first day. I did take some extra strength ibuprofin the first day, but didn't need anything after that.

Do they really get WORSE with each successive baby?
 

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I got the cramp bark at whole foods but they didn't have the after ease. The other night my MW told me she has it


Keri

Oh, and yes - they get MUCH worse with each child. I had a 7 year break between #2 and #3 so I thought they wouldn't be as bad but I was wrong
 

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I had them after all my kids, the second i rember breathing through them, but they only lasted the evening she was born. And after #3, I truly dont' remember having them, i was just so elated that the pelvic pain was gone after 3+ months that any contracting was minor to that elation..lol
 

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Yuck!!! Now I remember. Mine were horrible with #2. I tried an after ease tincture from my midwife but it didn't seem to do anything for me. So I took ibuprofin which helped somwhat I guess. I will probably do that again for at least the first day when I need to recover, but after that I will probably try to breath through them and stuff. I don't remember how long they lasted. Not long I hope.
 

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I was so hoping that someone had an amazing remedy. I don't remember them all that much with #1 but the ones with #2 had me sitting on the toilet and puking. The worst ones lasted about 3-4 days. I can't remember after that. Poor little dd...when she nursed, I'd take it as long as I could but then I had to hand her over to dh. I would get up in the middle of the night to sit on the toilet because it seemed to be most comfortable when I was having an afterpain. I've read some things on www.gentlebirth.org and I'm going to have to do something this time around. It was not a good experience with #2.
 

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I have three kids. Had pretty bad afterpains with all three - got successively worse with each birth. But you just try your best to relax, focus on your new sweet baby, breathe. I don't think there is any way out - just through. Like labor. It is the price you pay for your beautiful baby. Mine were pretty hard to handle but not as bad as some. I am in the "stoic, bear it" camp but did like dh to give me some sympathy.

Don't really remember how many days it lasted to be honest. One thing that made it worse in the first days after birth was to drink cold water. Summer and I am sweating but can't drink cold water 'cause it makes the afterpains so much worse. SO much worse. So my only suggestion is to drink your water at room temp that first week!
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