47. Quick Tip Tuesday: How long will you have abdominal pain after birth? - postpartum abdominal pain, postpartum cramps, breastfeeding cramps, postpartum recovery, & fourth trimester tips
Ever wonder how long you’ll feel those intense postpartum cramps?
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FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPTION:
Hey friends, it’s Quick Tip Tuesday where I answer a quick question submitted by you my dear podcast listeners. If you have a question you’d like me to answer on a Quick Tip Tuesday episode, just go to my website, Angel swan.com/quick tip and submit your question. So today’s question is from Rebecca. And she asks, How long will you have abdominal pain after birth. First of all these postpartum cramps are part of the healing process after birth, the pain that you’re feeling is actually your uterus contracting back to its pre pregnancy size. And you might notice that the cramps are worse while you’re breastfeeding your baby, or pumping. And this is because when your milk lets down your body produces oxytocin, and that is the hormone that signals your uterus to contract along with some other things. And this is why the cramps feel more intense when you’re breastfeeding or pumping. So another thing is, if you’ve had children in the past, if this isn’t your first baby, it’s very common for these cramps to feel more intense after each child. And postpartum cramps are usually the worst during the first week after birth, and then they kind of subside and should completely go away by about six weeks postpartum. If you’re looking for some pain management options, you can treat the cramps just like you would treat your period cramps. So just some gentle heat with like a heating pad or hot water bottle. Take some Tylenol or Advil until the pain feels more manageable without medication. And if you’re still experiencing these cramps, after six weeks, you should talk to your doctor. And that’s about it. So if you’ve listened to my podcast thus far, and you haven’t taken just one minute to leave me a review on Apple podcasts, would you please go and do that for me today. If I have helped you in any way if you’ve learned something new, the best way to support me and to support the show. So leave me a five star rating and or a written review. It just takes a minute of your time and it really makes a huge impact on my day and on the day of another mom who found my podcast because you took that time to leave a review. That is all for today’s Quick Tip Tuesday. Thank you so much for listening. I’ll talk to you soon. Bye bye