So after hours of contractions and the birthing and the hullabaloo once the baby came and then the placenta finally makes her appearance, you’re all settled into bed with ice cream and life is good. Thank heavens that’s all over!Well surprise! It’s not.
I’d like to introduce you to afterpains- birth’s best kept secret. Afterpains happen because the Uterus has to continue contracting to go back to its previous size (involution). Which is a good thing because it means it compresses the wound where the placenta was and makes it less likely to hemorrhage. Your midwife will come by to check on it by palpitating your abdomen (this can also feel pretty uncomfortable). They may even “massage” it to help speed up the process! It can be worse with each birth (I didn’t even notice with my first baby).
What can you do about it?
<https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/122792-trending-science-bicarbonate-of-soda-could-spare-women-in-developing-countries-the-need-and-r > The good news is that afterpains are normal and they will stop on their own.