Regardless of your delivery, it’s not uncommon to feel pain after your baby arrives. The most important thing to remember is that, it will take time to heal. Here are some after birth common pains:
If you’ve had an episiotomy or vaginal tear, the wound might hurt for a few weeks. This is normal. Large tears might take longer to heal. In the meantime:
You might feel contractions, sometimes called afterpains, in the first few days after delivery. They feel like menstrual cramps and do two important things:
Bleeding is often bright to dark red, and heavy the first few days after delivery. Some clots as large as a small tangerine are normal. If you are expelling many large clots or having unusually heavy flow (soaking through a large pad in an hour or less), call your nurse while you’re in the hospital, or your doctor if you’re at home.
If you’re interested in using essential oils or other alternative medicine—for pain or any reason— contact your nurse to pursue this therapy.