Cramping (after-pains) is common after birth as your uterus returns to its regular size. Cramps are often more intense when breastfeeding. It takes about 6 weeks for your uterus to return to normal size.
Take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to manage pain.
If you had a c-section, you may have stitches or staples in your lower abdomen. The stitches will go away (dissolve) within 2 weeks; the staples will be taken out before you leave the hospital. It is common to feel tender and numb around the incision (cut).
keeping the incision clean and dry;
shower using mild soap and warm water;
giving yourself time to heal by resting and not doing too much;
trying not to lift anything heavier than your baby;
not driving until you are pain-free and moving well.
For more information
• HealthLink BC - What to Expect after a C-Section