Why do women shake after giving birth?

  • Anaesthesia

Certain types of anaesthesia can lower your blood pressure significantly, which can cause involuntary shaking.

  • IV fluids

IV fluids commonly contribute to shaking after giving birth. IV fluids are often colder than your core temperature, and just like eating ice cream on a winters day, it can make you shiver.

  • Amniotic fluid

Small amounts of amniotic fluid can seep into your blood stream if you’ve had a C-section, which can also make your body shake.

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shaking after giving birth

Wrapping up tightly in a blanket or using heating pads can greatly help to alleviate the shaking. You might be naturally hesitant to hold your baby if you are shaking to the extreme. Do not worry, experts believe that  skin-to-skin contact by lying your little one down on your chest can help to settle you down. The shaking will go away within a few hours at worse leaving you and your baby to really get to know each other.

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