Natural Relief for After Birth Pain
Although contractions can be uncomfortable with uterine involution, it is necessary to prevent the uterus from becoming soft (boggy). When the uterus becomes soft, postpartum hemorrhage can occur.
Apply warm heat to your stomach (or back). You can use a heating pad or make your own:
- Fill a ziploc freezer bag (microwave safe) 3/4 full with uncooked rice. Heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes on high power. Wrap a hand towel around it and apply to the affected area.
You can add one or more of the following herbs to the rice to enhance its effectiveness:
- rose petals
- crushed mint
- ground cloves
It is best to add the herbs to the rice in a sealed container and let it sit for a while before using (the longer, the better).
Drink chamomile tea. Chamomile is considered safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with no known adverse effects in lactation. This is a great remedy for after birth pain due to uterine involution.
Mix 1 ounce carrier oil (olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil), 5 drops lavender oil, 10 drops cypress oil, and 15 drops of peppermint oil. Gently massage a small portion over the affected area.
Add Epsom and/or sea salt with one or more of the following essential oils to warm bath water:
- clary sage
Some women find relief from after birth pain by lying on their stomach with a pillow placed under it to apply abdominal pressure or by rocking in a rocking chair.