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How to Deal with Abdominal Cramps after Delivery

How to Deal with Abdominal Cramps after Delivery

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After delivery, you might experience menstrual-like cramping in the abdomen. This happens because your uterus contracts after delivery and returns to its pre-pregnancy size. The feeling or cramping pain usually lasts for 2–3 days after delivery, but may also prolong and is more intense on the first day or two.

Friday, March 10th, 2017

The discomfort or cramp increases with breastfeeding, as breastfeeding stimulates the uterus to contract, thus increases the pain.

This pain is milder for first-time moms; but it is more evident and quite uncomfortable if you had a baby earlier.

To deal with abdominal cramps after delivery, gently massage your lower belly and lie face down with a pillow under your belly.

Dealing with Abdominal Cramps

To relieve pain, you might consult your doctor who usually suggests over-the-counter pain relief medications. Do not take medicines on your own, as it can be passed
on to your baby through your breast milk. Take medicines prescribed by your doctor who knows you are breastfeeding.

If the cramping or the pain becomes unbearable and is not easing after few days, contact your doctor. It could be a sign of another problem, which might require
medical attention.

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