Shortly after giving birth, you may find yourself shivering uncontrollably with chattering teeth. This postpartum shivering phenomenon is known as postpartum chills. It doesn’t matter if you had a vaginal delivery or a c-section, your body has just experienced a full on change and postpartum recovery has kicked in.
During prenatal courses we are taught a lot about how to look after baby after baby is born. We learn less about taking care of ourselves and the postpartum recovery process. Caring for yourself and being prepared for postpartum symptoms is something that should be added to every prenatal course in my opinion – let’s call it postpartum care for mama.
Several friends of mine have experienced postpartum shivers so I realised it is a fairly common experience for mothers shortly after giving birth. Our bodies have just been through a massive change. A case study by doctors of 100 women found that 31% of the women studied experienced postpartum chills.
I only experienced postpartum shivering after giving birth to my second child. Perhaps because I had an epidural towards the end of the birth of my first child and therefore my body was still numbed. I gave birth to my second child without any medication and therefore could feel every stage of his birth naturally.
Normally postpartum chills calm down within a space of a few hours after giving birth. It is good to be aware that your body could go through a shivering stage, so you can prepare for this experience and add it to your postpartum recovery plan and caring for yourself after baby is born. If you experience postpartum chills again, after the initial chills have worn off, please call your doctor as this is a warning sign for an infection that will need to be treated. See patient.info for more details.
Note: shivering and shaking can happen during birth, find out more here.
You can watch my video about postpartum chills and shivering on YouTube: