Here are some strategies you can try to manage afterpains and contractions:
Take over-the-counter pain medication: Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) can help alleviate the discomfort associated with afterpains.
Use heat: Applying a warm compress or heating pad to your abdomen can help relax the muscles and reduce pain.
Try breastfeeding: Oxytocin, a hormone released during breastfeeding, can help stimulate uterine contractions and help the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.
Practice relaxation techniques: Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation can help reduce stress and pain.
Talk to your doctor: If you are experiencing severe pain or discomfort, be sure to talk to your doctor. They can provide additional support and treatment as needed.