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After Pains Following Birth

These are intermittent contractions that occur for several days as the uterus moves back into position following birth. They are often at their most noticeable as the baby begins to breast-feed. While these after pains may be mild after the birth of a first child they can become increasingly severe with subsequent births. Acupressure points include Sanyinjiao SP-6.

Acupressure to Sanyinjiao SP-6 can be can be used at the beginning of a breastfeed to help reduce the intensity of the contractions. Support people can apply pressure to both legs as the women begin to breast-feed or if this is not possible the women can apply pressure just before a feed. Often pressure to this point will have an almost “magical” effect in helping to lessen the pain associated with these after pains.

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