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Haven't ever really thought about this but now I am wondering...
I've always had the shot of pit after giving birth to aid in uterine contractions afterwards. I don't breastfeed so I thought it was possibly somewhat necessary. Now I am wondering if there is a connection between having this shot and the absolutely horrible afterpains I've had after my 3rd and 4th babies, lasting days.
I was under the impression that the pit only helped the uterus contract immediately after birth and didn't have an effect on the whole first week. Now I'm not so sure.
For a normal birth and no excess bleeding, even if I don't nurse, do I really need this shot?
Mom to 4 boys and 1 girl
I have a similar theory. I received the shot every time except for my last. Usually the saying is that the pains increase with each child, but I had absolutely zero after pains last time and I wonder if it was related to the shot. This is only anecdotal, but you might be on to something.
It's not necessarily mandatory, but you can certainly do the wait and see approach instead of active management and see if it makes a difference.
Interesting,, I've also heard the "more painful with each child"... My first two I have IVs and was given IV pit,, my third I refused an IV and was given a pit shot in my leg after.. This time I plan on refusing the IV as well.. I DO BFed so maybe I should just go with the wait and see approach..., although I KNOW this would totally freak out my hospital.. They were going bonkers when I refused the IV with my last birth
~Em, Married to Matt since 7/3/04. Mommy to Layla 3/29/06, Eva 10/18/08, Zeke 2/4/11 and Jonah 7/28/13
Well the reason behind giving the pitocin after birth is to help the uterus contract and prevent post partum hemorrhage. This is most often due to uterine atony (or weak uterus basically).
I have had to had the pit shot after almost every birth since #5. In the hospital and during my homebirths. I do tend to bleed a lot.
I have been reading everything I can find about this and avoiding the shot and excessive bleeding after this birth. Currently I am drinking the red raspberry leaf tea 2-4 times a day and taking a tbsp of liquid chlorophyll in water every morning. I will most likely add extra Vitamin K closer to the end.
I also have low platelets during pregnancy and I think that contributes to the heavy bleeding after birth. I am taking the chlorophyll for that too. I have read papaya leaf juice helps with the platelets issue but can't find it anywhere in the local health food stores.
Anyway, I am doing the RRL tea to strengthen the uterus in hopes to avoid the uterine atony and the pit shot. It can't hurt and it doesn't taste bad at all, hot or iced.
Jenifer....The Queen Bee
#12 is on the way