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pains felt by a woman after her baby is born

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Afterpains are usually more noticeable if you've had a child before, the muscles of your uterus having been stretched by your previous pregnancy and so having to work harder to get your uterus down to its former size.
You may also feel afterpains when you breastfeed, as the hormone oxytocin, which brings the milk into your breast, also causes uterine contractions.