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    DS3 is two days old now and still in the NICU. Whenever I nurse or pump, I get really painful cramps that eventually get so bad I have to stop. I only last maybe ten minutes at a time. I even get crampy in my legs, which has me worried about blood clots. Anyway, I've always had oversupply issues in the past, so I'm not too worried about the very short nursing/pumping sessions. I'm just hoping it will be better once we can get Coby home and I can nurse laying down so there's not as much pressure on my abdomen. But for now, I have to be sitting because there are no beds in the NICU.

    But in the meantime, do any of you ladies have any tricks for maybe easing the cramping somehow? I can't even hold Coby for very long at a time, because the pressure he puts on my middle eventually causes my legs to cramp up and I have to get up and take a walk.

    ~Sylvia~

    Wife to Nick, m. May 2005

    Mommy to Gabriel (b. January 2007, 8lbs. 15oz.), nursed 18 months.

    Isaac (b. August 2009, 9lbs. 1oz- naturally), nursed 22 months, through PPD/PPA and emergency gallbladder surgery.

    and Corban (b. March 2012, 11lbs. 6Oz.- naturally in the water), my NICU baby, still nursing strong at age 2!


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    Default Re: baaaad cramping

    This is a Susan question. She is the person that introduced me to this concept. I am sure she will be along in a bit, but let me search out her threads...
    proud but exhausted working mammy to two high needs babies

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    • the shock H-Girl born about a week late (10/7/09) at 8lbs 15oz and 20.75 inches.


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    Are they different from after pains that shrink your uterus? DD2 nursing after birth gave me horrendous cramps but it passed after about a week. Pain when she was first nursing was actually more intense than labor had been. I don't know if there are tricks to avoid this, but I'm eager to find out, because my mw mentioned that each delivery makes your uterus work harder to shrink so the after pains are more intense each time...
    Last edited by @llli*aphimama; March 5th, 2012 at 07:15 PM. Reason: No idea why it first made my post a hyperlink. Weird.

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    Default Re: baaaad cramping

    Yep. Horrid after pains. I wanted to die. It's a side effect of big babies.

    Breath through them. Vicodin. Afterease tincture.

    These are why I might not have any more kids. It's like having a baby 8-12 times a day.

    They are good for your uterus. So don't stop. And the longer you draw it out, the more days you will have them.

    Also, consider abdominal wrapping.
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    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
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    Default Re: baaaad cramping

    I found them a lot worse with DS2 than with DS1 but they did pass within a few days.
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    They do pass. I think it was a week, longer maybe with Gav because nursing stimulates better contractions than the pump.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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    Default Re: baaaad cramping

    So, afterpains are worse after each pregnancy, but they are a good thing clamping down the uterus and preventing blood loss. Ibuprofen was enough for mine but i was only on baby 2. They only usually last 3-5 days. Susan uses a tincture called "Afterease".

    There is some more info about afterpains here

    ETA: I got distracted when I was posting and didn't hit post - so now I look like and idiot, but Oh Well - not the first time.
    proud but exhausted working mammy to two high needs babies

    • my surprise baby: the one and only D-Man born 3 weeks late (5/5/08) at 9 lbs 14 oz and 21.5 inches, and
    • the shock H-Girl born about a week late (10/7/09) at 8lbs 15oz and 20.75 inches.


    If I am here I am covered in baby (probably two) and fighting for control of the keyboard.

    Family beds are awesome

    Wondering if you have PPD? Take the screening and see your doctor. You deserve to feel better.

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    Great information, ladies. Thank you. Thanks Sarale for taking the time to do the research, even though Susan chimed in before you got to post

    I will definitely try the abdominal wrapping. Maybe I can ask at the hospital tomorrow if they have a wrap I can use.
    ~Sylvia~

    Wife to Nick, m. May 2005

    Mommy to Gabriel (b. January 2007, 8lbs. 15oz.), nursed 18 months.

    Isaac (b. August 2009, 9lbs. 1oz- naturally), nursed 22 months, through PPD/PPA and emergency gallbladder surgery.

    and Corban (b. March 2012, 11lbs. 6Oz.- naturally in the water), my NICU baby, still nursing strong at age 2!


    Daughter of God

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    Default Re: baaaad cramping

    Get a sheet and have a midwife wrap you tightly, or send DH to the store for a Belly Bandit type thing.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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