Post # 1
Ok…this is admittedly going to sound like a stupid question, but has anyone had a non medicated natural birth, then ended up taking pain meds at home after the birth? Is this something that I would get laughed at for by my physicians?
i ask because I’d really like to have a natural childbirth (no epidural or pitocin) for a variety of reasons that I’m sure people on here have already heard of (being able to move about while in labor, risk of episiotomies if pushing too soon, bonding, etc.). But I am worried about how the pain afterwards will affect me at home if I DO tear or have any issues. Will it be harder to actually care for an infant afterward if you are in tons of pain at home? Does the hospital typically give you the option to take pain meds? Doesn’t this pass on to breastmilk if you BF? Would it be silly to even think about taking pain meds since…well…I guess the extremely hard part woulld already be over (pushing out a bowling ball)?
I think I’m just terrified about the uncomfortable aftermath and I’m not sure what to expect. This will be my first baby, and I’m afraid of the unknown. I know it is early to worry (not due until January)…I’m just looking for other women’s post natural birth healing experiences, I guess!!
Post # 3
They should offer you prescriptions and otc options for pain control at home after delivery that are safe for BFing. It isn’t crazy to want afterwards! I would discuss it with your provider at your appointments leading up to your delivery so you are on the same page. Another thing I know some people have is having the first stool after delivery, if you are still in the hospital they should have or can get an order for stool softener or your provider can recommend otc ones for at home.
Post # 4
I can’t offer you any personal experience stories, but I am a labor and delivery/nursery/post partum nurse so I have seen this situation first-hand. While in the hospital, our physicians order Motrin for the mothers to take around the clock because it helps with swelling you may have down below if you had to push for awhile, and of course it helps manage pain. They also offer a narcotic to take as needed for the first day following delivery but do not routinely sent the mothers home with this prescription unless they tear pretty bad down there. Of course each OBGYN is different when it comes to medications of choice, so I don’t expect that your personal doctor will follow the above. However, since some extent of pain is normal following vaginal deliveries (whether it’s cramping, soreness, pain at the perineum), I bet you that your doc will either prescribe you something to take for pain and send you home with that at discharge, or recommend some OTC meds, all that are safe to take while breastfeeding.
I also don’t think it’s silly to want to take pain medication following natural childbirth! In my personal opinion, you shouldn’t make yourself suffer because if you’re hurting, it may affect the quality of care you give your baby, and why do that? I do think you have some valid points as to why you’d rather deliver without an epidural!
I wish you the best! You’ll have to post about your experience in January!
Post # 5
I took ibuprofen while I was in the hospital but didn’t need any by the time I got home. I actually had a great recovery BECAUSE I avoided interventions while in labor. I pushed when I needed to and felt like I had to, and didn’t push for very long because I was able to push effectively. I had almost NO swelling at all, and I only had a small tear (technically it was 2nd degree because it was crooked, but I only needed 5 stitches)
If you’re in pain, don’t be afraid to ask! Every 4 hours they came to check my vitals & to check the baby, and every single time they asked me to rate my pain. If you need anything it is available to you 🙂
Post # 6
I took Motrin while in the hospital but I stopped taking anything when I got home. I made the frozen witch hazel maxi pads that I’ve seen online and that was enough to manage the discomfort. Yes, it is challenging to care for a newborn when sitting and walking are both uncomfortable but I had a lot of help from DH and our moms the first two weeks. After that, I was fine.
I do know several women who continued to take pain meds at home after giving birth.
Post # 7
I had a natural birth with my oldest, and took pain meds when I got home (I did actually with all 3 of my girls). It was more for the afterbirth pains. With each girl they got worse, especially from breast feeding. Regardless of what type of birth you have there is a chance for pain, what your body goes through is very tough on it, so don’t feel bad it you need to take something.
Post # 8
I had a natural birth with our DD, and refused pain meds afterwards. It wasn’t a moral decision or anything, I just didn’t feel like I needed them (maybe I was high on happiness? LOL!). The nurses asked everytime I saw them, so I’m sure you wouldn’t get laughed at if you asked for/accepted them.
Post # 9
@mrs_pugetsound: After my first DD (unmedicated) I took ibuprofen and then tried the narcotic. I forget what it was called right now. It didn’t seem to work as well for me as the ibuprofen. I used ibuprofen at home and the hemroid pillow they gave me. I didn’t get hemroids but it takes the pressure off. Tucks pads on the woo-ha helped, also.
After the twins (unmedicated delivery, but got pitocin AFTER birth to help the uterus contract back) I took the ibuprofen around the clock at the hospital and then for the first day after I got home. I could have gotten a script for ibuprofen but just took what I had at home instead.
Post # 10
There’s nothing wrong with taking some pain medications after delivery! I suppose it’s a personal choice but I’ve never had a woman who chose to have an unmedicated labour (ie no epidural) refuse pain meds on a philosophical basis, although some women just don’t feel they need them. In my experience, the reason that most women avoid epidurals is because of the potential risks/complications…..and in comparison there is very little risk to OTC meds so it’s not as much an intervention to avoid on that premise, does that make sense?
We routinely recomend ibuprofen and acetominophen alternating in the first couple days to keep discomforts at a minimum.
Post # 11
Thank you, everyone, for helping to put my mind at ease!! I wasn’t sure if I’d get scoffed at for asking for pain meds like Motrin after the fact (it isn’t that I’m hoping for natural childbirth because I necessarily ENJOY being in pain…like everyone mentioned, it is the other benefits of non medicated that I’m hoping for!!). I’ve been really trying to limit the one pain med that my doctor okay’d during the actual pregnancy (Tylenol), but I know I really relied on ibuprofen for cramping before I was pregnant, and I’m assuming that PMS cramps are a cakewalk compared to the cramping of your uterus shrinking back down after birth!!! I feel a ton less scared now after your replies!!! Thank you!!! 🙂