Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Your Body -

All women ex­pe­ri­ence mild con­trac­tions af­ter giv­ing birth to their baby, and the ma­jor­ity are likely to ex­pe­ri­ence stronger con­trac­tions for the first few weeks while they’re breast­feed­ing. This is be­cause the act of breast­feed­ing en­cour­ages the re­lease of oxy­tocin, a hor­mone that helps your uterus to con­tract. “This can be a dull ache but some women do ex­pe­ri­ence some pain,” says Barb. The good news is the more painful the con­trac­tions, the faster your uterus re­turns to its nor­mal size and po­si­tion, which will help you on the jour­ney back to your pre-preg­nancy body.

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