American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Cramps or pains following childbirth, caused by contractions of the uterus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The uterine pains which occur in childbirth after the expulsion of the child and the afterbirth.
- n. Plural form of afterpain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) The pains which succeed childbirth, as in expelling the afterbirth.
- n. pains felt by a woman after her baby is born; associated with contractions of the uterus
“These contractions called afterpains are not usually very painful after the first baby, but they may be more painful after your second or third baby.”
“When you breastfeed, oxytocin is released, which causes your uterus to contract, so afterpains are much more painful while breastfeeding.”
“In 1617, Doña Ana de Angulo was brought before the tribunal for giving a woman in labor peyote and placing scissors under her pillow to avert afterpains.”
“I feel the afterpains, of early nursing, of sleepless nights.”
“Over-the-counter pain medicines such as ibuprofen sold under brand names like Motrin or Advil can be taken if you have afterpains that are very intense and if you do not have other medical conditions that can be made worse by taking ibuprofen.”
“These “afterpains” generally stop being painful by the third day after giving birth.”
“In the allied department of obstetrics we find chapters on the signs of conception, on the urine in pregnant women, on difficult labor, prolapsus uteri, retention of the placenta, post partum hemorrhage, afterpains, and the oedema of pregnancy.”
“It is an excellent sodorific and is valuable in decoction for colds, coughs, female obstructions and afterpains.”
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory.
“He's not haunted by nightmares, he's not wracked by afterpains, he's not troubled with scar tissue.”
“The same chapter explains all about a case of labor; the signs that show when labor has commenced; what to give to help the patient; the different kinds of pains; the length of time between the pains; the length of time the pains should last, etc.; the taking of the child from the mother; how to care for the child; the taking away of the afterbirth; what to do in case of flooding; how to relieve afterpains, etc.”
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