Pain Relief After Labor

After a woman has a baby her body can be very sore. Post-partum pain is usually caused by sore muscles. The body can go into shock from all of the muscle strain. Everything can hurt, including your arms and legs. Often the hips can really hurt as well. This is s the result of having your feet and legs positioned in stirrups or in an odd position. Your back might also be sore as sometimes there can be a lot of maneuvering of the spine in order to allow the child to emerge from the womb.

People who have had an epidural also might have a sore back from the needle or because they did not feel the back strain happening because the pain killer was masking the feeling.

The thing is that most moms do not want to take drugs after labor because it can get into breast milk and cause you to sleep through paying attention to your baby's cries. That is why many people use other measures including taking warm baths and showers, using rice socks and flax bags for heat, icing the area and massaging the area. Your doctor can also tell you what medications, whether they be over the counter or otherwise are safe for you to take.

Many women experience a lot of post-labor pain in their lower regions. The pain can radiate from the vagina to the rectum. This is because this area expands to allow you to let the baby out of your body. You can also be in pain if forceps or an extruder of some kind was used to help you give birth.

In this case a sitz bath can help soothe damaged tissues. You can get over-the-counter and sitz bathas that are good for this purpose. There are also portable pads known as TUCKS pads that can help soothe the heat or pain emanating from your tissues.

Some women get headaches after giving birth. This is due to hormonal changes and stress. Relaxation can really help take care of this type of headache. Women who have epidural or spinal injections when they give birth are quite prone to this type of headache and may need to rest for a few days after labor.

Breast pain is also common after labor but there is not that can be done about it. You can try applying warm packs to your breasts if they are giving you pain after giving birth.