(Closed) Pain meds AFTER natural childbirth?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
24 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

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! Wink

Post # 5
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 Darling Husband 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
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

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
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a natural birth with our Dirty Delete, 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
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@mrs_pugetsound:  After my first Dirty Delete (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
1622 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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.  

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