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Postpartum cramping: what's normal?

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07/03/14

After you deliver your baby your uterus will continue to have contractions. These contractions will reduce your bleeding by closing off your blood vessels and they will shrink your uterus back down to it's pre-pregnancy size. The contractions are similar to labor contractions but not as painful. The pain usually peaks around day 3 and then slow decrease. The pain from cramping is worse during breastfeeding. Generally women will experience more pain with their second and subsequent pregnancies then with their first.

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