Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural Cramps or pains following childbirth, caused by contractions of the uterus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • The uterine pains which occur in childbirth after the expulsion of the child and the afterbirth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Med.) The pains which succeed childbirth, as in expelling the afterbirth.

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  • noun Plural form of afterpain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun pains felt by a woman after her baby is born; associated with contractions of the uterus

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Examples

  • 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.

    The Simple Guide to Having a Baby

  • 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.

    The Simple Guide to Having a Baby

  • 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.

    The Simple Guide to Having a Baby

  • When you breastfeed, oxytocin is released, which causes your uterus to contract, so afterpains are much more painful while breastfeeding.

    You’ll Lose the Baby Weight

  • When you breastfeed, oxytocin is released, which causes your uterus to contract, so afterpains are much more painful while breastfeeding.

    You’ll Lose the Baby Weight

  • 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.

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

  • When you breastfeed, oxytocin is released, which causes your uterus to contract, so afterpains are much more painful while breastfeeding.

    You’ll Lose the Baby Weight

  • I feel the afterpains, of early nursing, of sleepless nights.

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  • 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.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

  • These “afterpains” generally stop being painful by the third day after giving birth.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

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