4 Ways to Ease Postpartum Uterine Contractions

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Many mothers are very vocal about the pain of delivery, but not everyone is aware of some of the pains that occur after the birth of your baby. One example of that would be postpartum uterine contractions.

These pains may be uncomfortable, but they’re a signal that your body is slowly returning back to normal, so they’re nothing to worry about.

Postpartum uterine contractions occur in the days after your child is born and range in pain levels from menstrual cramps to labor contractions. These cramps serve the purpose of shrinking the uterus back down to its prepregnancy size.

During pregnancy, your uterus grows up to 25 times its original size. After delivery, it has to shrink from about the size of a basketball to the size of a small pear. Postpartum uterine contractions seem to worsen with each successive delivery. This is most likely due to the extra force needed to make up for previous stretching.

Postpartum uterine contractions may last anywhere from three days to six weeks. They tend to be strongest immediately after delivery and during breastfeeding. This is because these two events stimulate the release of oxytocin, a hormone that helps the uterus shrink. These pains may be uncomfortable, but they’re a signal that your body is slowly returning back to normal, so they’re nothing to worry about.

Afterpains generally decrease in severity as time goes on. Newton-Wellesley Hospital suggests the following to ease the pains:

  • Take over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication as needed.
  • Use the relaxation and breathing techniques you used during labor.
  • Start walking around as soon as you can.
  • Keep your bladder empty.

As stated before, postpartum uterine contractions are usually nothing to worry about; however, you should contact your doctor if you have a fever or your abdomen is tender to the touch, because both of these symptoms could be signs of a uterine infection! 

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11 comments

  1. mara says:

    i never knew this happened

  2. LIZ says:

    the feeling is like a colic pain, i didnt like that sensation and i didnt know what was happening to me, my mom explained to me, just you have to deal and wait for that to get out with patience

  3. roxanna says:

    Is there away to help ease the pain before it happens while pregnant

  4. Claudia says:

    I was in pain for about two weeks after thr baby and if i walked for a long time, i would be exhausted.

  5. mommy nhoj says:

    I am practically well when I was discharged from the hospital following c-section surgery. My Doctors did a good job! And of course lucky to have a nurse husband around!

  6. gfeld says:

    As soon as I delivered my baby I requested 2 Motrin tablets. They usually helped me. This time though it only helped for the first 2 hrs and then the pain became mighty uncomfortable again that they offered me percocet or xtra strength tylenol.

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