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    I know it's not completely on topic but these have definitely gotten worse with each baby so I'm hoping you ladies will have some good advice.
    I am more scared of the after birth pains than the actual labor and delivery this time. With DS I delivered completely pain med free, even with pitocin, but after his birth I wanted to cry from the pain and if I could have had strong pain meds at that point I would have taken them, labor is short but I remember the after pains lasting days, they were definitely still going strong the day I left the hospital. I know my midwife said laying on your stomach helps but you can't exactly lay on your belly while nursing and with other kids to take care of I don't see myself being able to lay down often anyways. So, anyone have any tips or tricks for after pains?
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    Oh man, I'm so sorry... I know that lying on your tummy helps but you're right, you can't do that while nursing and that's when it happens. I was so afraid of those pains while pg with #3 but I ended up having a c-section. Honestly the pain from the c-section was worse but the fear of the after birth pains is still scarier than not getting my VBAC. I totally understand. I hope someone has some helpful info rather than just empathy. I'm useless. lol
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    I hear ya-- after pains were so much worse with my 3rd and 4th....and they were worse than labor for me. Hands down.

    I took some ibuprofen and did uterine massage. My MW also did uterine massage and it was so so so helpful. Sometimes I would bleed more post-massage, but it honestly felt better.
    http://www.massageandbodywork.com/Ar...002/Mayan.html

    The other thing that REALLY helped was binding my belly with an ace bandage. The constant pressure on my uterus helped to lessen the pain. For me it was always most uncomfortable while nursing....I have a post in my blog about how to bind a bellly.
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    There are pain med you can take while nursing. You should ask about it. I had Percocet or Vicodin (don't remember which) after my first birth because I was in a lot of pain (not from contractions but from episiotomy and bruised tail bone). And maybe invest in a heating pad to put on your belly.

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    I ask to be prescribed tylenol 3 before i am fully done with labor. It usually helps enough for the pains. I agree that they are horrible!

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    I have no advice. I think the pain meds from the c-sections covered anything I may have felt. I do hope they are not the bad this time around.

    Would compresses help? Or maybe even a binder of sort?
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    Thanks everyone, I'll have to check your blog Audra. I've been thinking about doing belly binding this time and if would help with afterpains that would be awesome!
    They never offered me anything more than ibprofen after I delivered DS and I explained to them how badly I was hurting, maybe I'll have a talk with my midwife at my next appointment. It's starting to cause me a bit of anxiety anyways.
    DD1- July 2004
    DD2- April 2006
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    You would be surprised how much a heating pad or hot bath would help. Or, have you ever seen those pouches filled with dry beans that you heat in the microwave and use as a heating pad?

    Deb ................. DH Norm
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    DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7

    DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
    William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12

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    ditto the belly binding. It helped a LOT. Aside from that, I take motrin. I've also had good luck with the homeopathic arnica.
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    Fun you mention this, but after I had Izzy I was in tears while nursing and it was from the afterpains! I actually did take pain medicine because it was bad and I had a csection. The csection pain wasnt what hurt it was my uterus and the ctx!!!!
    * they were definately worse after each delivery!
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