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  • A pregnant would think she will not experience contractions after she gives birth, but it does happen. Do not be alarmed if you feel it.

    Why postpartum contractions happen

    Women who undergo vaginal delivery will expect to feel soreness, numbness, or even a slight degree of pain for the next few days. But postpartum contractions? Dr. Marinella Abat, ob-gynecologist, explains why it happens: “Contractions or after pains are usually because of the involution of the uterus. During the postpartum period, the uterus tries to expel the remaining fragments or blood clots as it returns to its normal non-pregnant size and state.

    “Sometimes breastfeeding can also bring about after pains because of the release of certain chemicals. All these can be relieved by analgesics,” adds Dr. Abat.

    If you have postpartum contractions, Kegel exercises may be helpful in handy. Simply repeatedly contract and hold the muscles that you use to stop the flow of urine when you are peeing. This promotes blood circulation in the sore area and hastens healing. Kegels can be done anytime, anywhere, in any comfortable position sitting down, waiting in line at the supermarket, while breastfeeding, etc. It is recommended that you do up to 25 repetitions, four to six times a day.

    If you have had an episiotomy, expect there to be more discomfort and for the pain to last longer. Rubbing honey over the wound will speed up the healing process (honey has natural healing properties; just make sure to buy the natural or organic kind for maximum effect). The hospital nurse may also prepare a warm bath for you, while your mother will probably make you sit in a basin filled with a warm infusion of guava leaves both help. If you can’t manage to sit down properly yet, a doughnut-shaped pillow (circular-shaped with a hole in the middle and available at your local drugstore) can make things more comfortable.

    Remember: Keep the area clean to avoid the stitches from becoming infected. To be on the safe side, wash your perineal area thoroughly, especially after moving your bowels.

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