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After pains and stitches

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Deeeja Mon 05-Oct-09 00:21:03

I gave birth to my daughter on Friday, she cam out so fast that I have a second degree tear, and I know that this is not so bad as others have gone through, but I am a total wuss and not enjoying the discomfort of the stitches.
Also the after pains (this is my 5th dc) are a killer.
I thought the after pains would stop by now, instead they seem worse. At first I got them when breastfeeding, but now they hit me at random times. I can't talk, and can barely breathe when I have them. I haven't been given any painkillers for them, and have taken paracetomol/ibuprofen for them. I need something stronger, can someone please recommend something that I can get over the counter?
Also how long before the stitches heal?
I feel such a miserable cow, even though dd is gorgeous, so cute. I think the blues have hit today, have just cried because no-one thinks she looks like me.hmm

hobbgoblin Mon 05-Oct-09 00:28:59

Codeine. Or get a script for voltarol and cocodamol.

Mine were awful after DC4, absolutely dreadful.

Deeeja Mon 05-Oct-09 00:30:13

Thanks hobgoblin.smile

hobbgoblin Mon 05-Oct-09 00:31:59

Congratulations, btw.

I used to ask my (now ex)husband to let me kick him during afterpains with DC2. grin

Deeeja Mon 05-Oct-09 00:36:35

LOL grin

That'll learn him

Deeeja Mon 05-Oct-09 00:37:38

I don't ask, I just grip his arm and squeeze.
Dh that is.

LittleSilver Wed 07-Oct-09 20:34:37

I will readily admit to having an extravagantly low pain theshold, but the afterpains with DC3 were truly something else. Hobbgoblin I actualy went to the walk in centre to ask for voltarol but they refused to give it to me as I as bf. Next time I plan to ask for something whilst still in hospital as it actually negatively affected my bf - I kept having to take DD off as the contractions were so painful.

isitbabyorpie Thu 08-Oct-09 16:49:04

After Pains! You mean there is more pain to come post-birth. Argh! As you may have guessed I am pregnant with my first child.

belgo Thu 08-Oct-09 16:51:55

Congratulations Deeeja -

if the after pains are still so bad, I think you should see your midwife or doctor and make sure everything is alright.

belgo Thu 08-Oct-09 16:53:32

I also found the after pains worse then the birth, but that was probably because I was losing an abnormal amount of blood. I took paracetamol and ibuprofen but it didn't touch the pain. But as I said, it wasn't normal either.

GhostWriter Thu 08-Oct-09 16:57:28

isitbabyorpie, the uterus has to contract back down again, from the size of a beach ball to the size of a tangerine. With your fist baby it's usually not so bad. It's just a bit like early labour pains again. You can take painkillers for it. I barely felt it.

Then there's the ache from the stitches, the cs wound possibly, the piles, the sore nipples, the muscle aches, the night sweats.

<<runs>>

You know the baby makes up for the discomfort and there may be no discomfort.

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