Yes, uncontrollable shaking is totally normal and can occur whether you have a vaginal birth or a C-section. The shaking begins after you have delivered the placenta and while it is not harmful, it could be slightly awkward or uncomfortable. As unexpected as it may feel, it will often end as quickly as it arrived.
What can cause the uncontrollable shaking after giving birth?
Lasting from a few seconds up to a few minutes and in some rare cases a few hours, this uncontrollable shaking is caused by your hormones, particularly your adrenal hormones. After giving birth to your baby, the fluid shifts and the shaking is your body’s reaction to those changes happening within your body. Experiencing an endorphin release can also have the same reaction.
Sometimes IV fluids can make you shake or shiver as they have a tendency to be colder than your normal body temperature. Or it could be a reaction to general anesthesia, or even amniotic fluid seeping into your blood stream. As you can see there are many reasons why it could develop, so it is best not to be too concerned about the why; rather concentrate on getting through it.
What can I do during and after any uncontrollable shaking I experience after giving birth?
If it does happen, try to stay warm and comfortable. It will pass. After it takes place, it is only natural that you, as a new mom, are hesitant about holding your baby for fear of dropping them. Sometimes the shaking can be quite extreme adding to the stress of the situation.
If you are feeling uncertain about holding your baby while the shaking materializes wait until it has subsided. Try to lie down and place your baby on your chest for a relaxing skin to skin experience and have someone stand by to help ease your mind.