Carol App Team
Community Questions - Postpartum contractions?
"I've heard about postpartum contractions being common after giving birth, what are they?"
This is something we wish was spoken about when we had our little ones and actually caught us quite off guard!
Postpartum contractions are a normal and natural process that occurs after giving birth. These contractions are the body's way of shrinking the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size and helping to expel any remaining placental tissue.
During pregnancy, the uterus grows to accommodate the developing baby and after birth, it needs to return to its pre-pregnancy size. The hormone oxytocin is responsible for stimulating these contractions, and they can be felt for several days after giving birth.
For many women, postpartum contractions are mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. However, for some women, especially those who have had multiple pregnancies or who have given birth to large babies, the contractions can be more severe and uncomfortable.
It's important to note that postpartum contractions are different from labor contractions, which are typically more intense and occur closer together. If you are concerned about the intensity of your postpartum contractions or have any concerns whatsoever definitely speak to your midwife and GP asap.
Overall, postpartum contractions are a normal and necessary part of the postpartum recovery process, and they help the body to return to its pre-pregnancy state.