4 Natural Postpartum Pain Relief Strategies for Parent and Baby


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April 25, 2024


Childbirth is one of the most intense experiences possible, for both parent and child. The birthing parent’s body has gone through tremendous changes in a relatively short time. And the baby has just left its warm, stable, comfy cocoon. It’s no surprise, then, that there is pain and discomfort during the early postpartum period. Fortunately, natural postpartum pain relief strategies exist to help parents and babies during this transition time.

Jewell Chiropractic is passionate about helping your whole family feel and function at its best. We treat adults and children in the Portland Metro area to provide relief from pain and tension. And we also offer ongoing education and support to further encourage and empower you. You can use our online portal to schedule your appointment or find a class or group to attend.

Natural Postpartum Pain Relief Options

Now that your child is earthside, your body and your baby’s body, have some adjusting and healing to do. Your hormones will fluctuate for a while until they settle back into non-pregnant mode. And you’re also recovering either from the strain of labor and delivery or a C-section…or both!

Image of a mom and baby lying on a bed. The mom's c-section scar is visible.

Meanwhile, your baby’s body suddenly must regulate its temperature, share its hunger cues, learn to chest or bottle feed, and more. With all these changes, you and your baby are likely experiencing at least some level of discomfort or pain.

Fortunately, there are many natural postpartum pain relief options available to help you both feel your best. Here are four of our tried-and-true choices for helping ease aches and pains after having a baby.

1. Ice and Heat

Your body just went through some things, to put it mildly. Ice packs are often a birthing parent’s best friend for the first few postpartum days as swelling subsides and tears and incisions heal.

After the acute stage of healing, heat can also be useful in reducing pain. It brings relief to sore muscles and is often mentally soothing, too. Heating pads are great for localized use on achy areas. (Important note: heating pads should be for adult use only. They are not safe to use on babies due to the risk of overheating.)

For all-over relief, a warm bath is an excellent option. And adding Epsom salts will make this an even more effective postpartum pain relief strategy. Warm baths are also great for soothing and calming your baby’s discomfort. 

Image of a newborn in a bath. Warm baths are great for natural postpartum pain relief.

2. Skin-to-Skin Contact

Touch is one of the most healing things for new parents and their babies. Often called “kangaroo care,” skin-to-skin contact brings incredible benefits to the birthing parent and their child. And it’s easy for the non-birthing parent to enjoy, also.

Research suggests that early and frequent kangaroo care can offer the following perks:

  • Deeper sleep for baby
  • Stabilized breathing, heart rate, and body temperature for baby
  • Improved digestion for baby
  • Deeper bonding for parent and child
  • Reduced postpartum bleeding for parent
  • Increased milk supply

3. Postpartum Bodywork

In addition to skin-to-skin time between baby and parent, massage, chiropractic care, and pelvic floor therapy are wonderful postpartum pain relief options. Postpartum bodywork treatments are an excellent way to reduce or eliminate pain after childbirth.

These treatments also help your body adjust to the new demands of caring for a newborn. This can be especially true if you practice babywearing. Your provider can help ensure you are protecting your body and your baby’s when using a wrap or other babywearing option.

Image of a mother with her baby in a front wrap.

Massage and chiropractic treatments aren’t just for adults! Newborns also respond to massage and adjustments by a qualified provider. These options are especially helpful if you had a challenging or traumatic delivery. Your baby may have areas of misalignment if interventions were needed to get them safely out of the womb.

4. Gentle Movement

It’s important to recognize that the goal after having a baby isn’t to “get your body back.” Rather, the goal is to give your body grace, rest, and time to heal. Gentle movement such as stretching and walking is wonderful for your mental and physical healing. It helps relieve tension in your fascia and muscles while also boosting your feel-good hormones. 

Jewell Is Here To Support You

No matter where you are in the postpartum healing process, the Portland, OR, Jewell care team is ready to help. Our compassionate providers have the expertise to serve clients in all stages of life to help you claim your optimal health and wellness. Choose your next appointment time today, and we’ll see you soon!

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