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What are after pains?

Many women experience after pains after giving birth. They’re a symptom of involution, in fact, which is the process whereby your uterus contracts and shrinks back to its pre-pregnancy size. This process takes about six weeks. Wahoo!

These sharp cramps can start immediately after you give birth or take a couple of days to show up. They'll be most intense for the first few days. From then on, many women find they reappear while breastfeeding.

It’s sometimes said that women who have had more children experience stronger after pains. But, as always, it’s important to note that when it comes to pain, there’s never a hard and fast rule. It’s always subjective.

You don’t have to suffer through after pains through a gritted ‘oh wow, thanks uterus’. After pains can be no joke so if you need to, use paracetamol, ibuprofen, diclofenac and or a TENS machine to manage the pain.