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Wondering about your afterpains! With my first birth I didn't feel them AT ALL. My second, they were excruciating! I'm already worried about them this time! I've heard that they get worse with each birth....is this true in your experience? What are you planning to do for them? The Motrin worked well enough last time but I had myself taking it by the clock or I'd be nursing and crying from pain....birth I can handle no problem - doesn't worry me a bit but I can't handle those after pains <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I guess I'm the odd woman out with these...because I've never noticed after pains with any of mine. The healing of my body was actually easier each time. I shocked the nurse last time, she came in the next morning and asked me if I wanted a laxative and I told her no thank you I'd pooped already...of course, now that I've said this I'll probably be cursed with a horrible recovery this time around.
 

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My afterpains have definitely increased with each child, but have never really been that bad. I had NONE with my firstborn, and with my last, they were very uncomfortable, but didn't last much beyond 2-3 days. I have definitely noticed that they are worse if I am not adequately hydrated (easy to get dehydrated with a newborn...you are so busy you forget to drink, and then half the time you feel like you are chained to the bed/chair, and no one will bring you a drink or a sandwich! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). Also, afterpains for me are worst when I have to pee...even just a little. So I try to make sure that I go to the bathroom right before I sit down to nurse, every time. Even if it means the baby has to fuss for a minute.<br><br>
A heated rice sock also helps me....I use a boppy or similar pillow for nursing, so I just heat the rice sock until it's nice and hot, and use the Boppy to hold it snug against my abdomen. The boppy also keeps me from worrying about the hot sock possibly burning the baby. Likewise, nursing in a very warm bath helps....I try to take a bath with post-partum herbs at least once a day the first week.<br><br>
My other remedies are Shepherd's Purse tincture (under my tongue the first 24-36 hours, then in my water for several days after that), cal-mag supplements, and hot epsom salt baths (by myself, even if it's only 20 minutes! It's a good soak and a good mental break, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">)<br><br>
All that said, my healing/recovery has been quicker each time, and while the afterpains have been more intense, they haven't lasted longer, so don't get discouraged....just try to plan to have lots of help (and sympathy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) the first week, and take it as easy as you possibly can!
 

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Oh no, I had forgotten all about the afterpains! Yes, for me they were much worse with #2 than #1, and now that you mention it I am quite worried about how they will be with #3. It was especially bad during breastfeeding. I also took Motrin which dulled it a little, but now I do recall being surprised how bad it was. Four years is a long time! Oh the joys of childbirth...!
 

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I'm pregnant with babe # 4 and yes, have experienced intense afterpains with each babe, increasing in intensity. The pains have always been so bad that I have never been able never able to sleep the first nights after giving birth. I just wince and yelp in pain throughout the night. But I never took any pain-killers (advil, etc.) because I just don't like meds but plan to use crampbark this time. A friend of mine who just had her fourth kiddo said the crampbark made a big difference. She gave me a tincture of it to use. So I hope it will help this time!
 

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So am I like a freak or something?
 

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Lol! I want to be a freak too!
 

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Mine were annoying. Very annoying. But I hate the whole postpartum recovery period, afterpains or no. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I posted this in another thread, but I ordered the After-pain Tonic from EverythingBirth.com to try this time.
 

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Mine were bad with DS1, and REALLY bad with DS2. I had pitocin after each of them were born (for bleeding), which was probably a major contributor to them. I'm trying to be good about drinking my RRL tea this time, which my mw says should help me to not need the pit.
 

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I guess I'm a freak too because I don't know what after pains are. Is it like when you are nursing in the beginning and your uterus gets crampy?
 

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Who <i>are</i> these freakish women who don't know what afterpains are? Can we kick them out of the DDC? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Exactly! For some they are mild, and you usually don't get them with your first (I didn't). My second was excruciating though - I'd take labor and delivery anyday over what I experienced after!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Who <i>are</i> these freakish women who don't know what afterpains are? Can we kick them out of the DDC? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"></div>
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Hey now!
 

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Ok I read through this again. Afterpains ARE the cramping you feel while nursing soon after you give birth?<br><br>
If so then YES I have had afterpains before. I just never knew it was called that. I just thought of it as my uterus contracting back down to its original position. Oddly though, I remember having them with my first and not so much my second.
 
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