In my last post about post-partum afterpains, I forgot to mention two tips my midwife informed me about that will help prevent or decrease postpartum afterpains. 1.) Keep your bladder empty. After giving birth, the bladder no longer receives the never ending bathroom trip signals that it received when pregnant. You may not “feel” like you need to urinate but it is a good idea to go at least once every hour. An empty bladder will help keep the uterus in the right place as well as hard and firm. 2.) Keep the uterus hard and firm. Nursing is excellent to keep clamp the uterus down properly. Do not allow long spaces of time to lapse between feedings. Massaging the stomach to keep the uterus firm is also a good way to keep it clamped down properly.