Post-birth contractions

The uterus will shrink back down to its normal size after delivery. The contractions are called postpartum pains, or simply afterpains, and are similar to period pain.

Ingela Ågren

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Ingela Ågren

Post-birth contractions
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Contractions are completely normal and help the scar where the placenta was attached to the wall of the uterus to heal. This is often more uncomfortable after a second or third delivery. Breastfeeding can bring on afterpains because the baby’s sucking triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which in turn causes contractions. You can take non-prescription medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the pain and it may be soothing to have a heat pack on the tummy.

Ingela Ågren

Ingela Ågren

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