Uterine Cramping

You may experience uterine cramping or after-birth pains when the uterus is massaged or while nursing. This is more common with your second or third birth. It is nature’s way of contracting your uterus back to its pre-pregnant size and preventing unnecessary blood loss.

These contractions will slowly decrease in their intensity and frequency but can last for several days. If needed, a mild analgesic such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help relieve the pain. Check with your healthcare provider before starting any medications.