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Afterlife: after childbirth

  1. After every delivery they occur: after effects. After-woes are useful because they allow the uterus to return to its normal shape. Some women have more problems than others. The number of deliveries also counts: after each delivery the woman seems to suffer more from after-effects. What does after-effects feel like and how do you deal with the pain?

What is an aftereffect?

  1. An aftereffect occurs after every delivery, and is a contraction of the uterine muscle. Aftereffects begin as soon as the placenta is born. The uterus is quite stretched during pregnancy, and is much too large after delivery. In order for the uterus to return to its normal size, the uterine muscle will have to contract. This contraction causes the uterus to shrink again. Aftermaths last a few days.

Afterlife after a first delivery

  1. The after-effects after a first delivery are often less painful than after the next delivery. While it can feel painful for a woman, she doesn't feel the real difference until she has given birth for the second time. After a first delivery, there are after-effects. These can vary from a very mild cramp to a somewhat severe menstrual pain. Some women don't feel any after-effects at all. The uterus still has sufficient elasticity after a first pregnancy so that it returns to its original size quite easily.

Why do afterpains hurt more during a second or third delivery?

  1. It is a fact that cannot be ignored: after a second delivery, after-effects come on that hurt a lot more than after the first delivery. Many women are shocked by this, because they did not expect this. The uterus loses some of its elasticity after each pregnancy, making it more and more difficult to shrink back to its original size. As a result, the nickel muscle will have to contract more and more.

After-effects really hurt!

  1. Some women are unfortunate enough to suffer from afterpains. The pain can be so severe that it is impossible to sleep or rest. Some afterpains are so severe that they can be described as the contractions during childbirth. While some people think this is an exaggeration, the real close is real: afterpains can sometimes be so severe that they can be compared to the contractions the woman had during labor. Consideration should be given to contractions that occur in early or mid-pregnancy.

Breastfeeding and afterpains

  1. Breastfeeding induces the afterpains. The uterus contracts spasmodically as soon as the baby is delivered. Although this can be very painful and the woman sometimes really cramped in her posture, it is important to keep latching on the baby. The more after-effects, the sooner the uterus will be back in shape. The aftereffects will then stop on their own.

Dealing with the pain

  1. In earlier times it was said that women should not take pain medication. Nowadays it is recommended, especially before going to sleep, to take two tablets of paracetamol. During breastfeeding it is recommended to take a maximum of six paracetamol per day, this concerns paracetamol with an amount of 500 mg. Ibuprofen may also be taken. Pain relief ensures that the new mother is better rested, which benefits the mental state.

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