In 40 weeks of pregnancy, a mother undergoes a number of physical, physiological and emotional changes during and after pregnancy. There is nothing better than a relaxing massage to have some much needed timeout as well as to get your body back to its former condition.
How Important is Postnatal Massage?
Postpartum massage focuses on getting the muscles and tissues that have undergone changes during pregnancy to regain its strength naturally. It can also help to relieve stress and pain and promote overall wellness.
Postnatal massage helps:
- Improve your blood and lymphatic circulations
- Reduce water retention
- Improve skin & muscle tone
- Improve flow of milk
- Nourish the womb
After childbirth, many mothers are often concerned about weight and water retention. The postnatal massage also includes a breast massage that helps to relieve engorgement, stimulate the breast tissue and improve milk production as your blocked ducts are cleared.
Postpartum Belly Massage
Another important aspect of postpartum massage is massaging the abdomen. This can aid the uterus in its natural cleansing process and restoring it to pre pregnancy size and form. Lastly, a relaxing massage can also help to ease tiredness for better quality sleep. It not only eases muscle tension, but reduces stress, anxiety and postpartum blues.
How soon after Giving Birth can you get a Postnatal Massage?
Women who have had a normal delivery can start postnatal massage once they have been discharged from the hospital. For those who had a c-section, it will be treated as a surgery and post partum massage can only take place after 4-6 weeks. In any case, it is always better to get your doctor’s approval. There is no specific timeline how frequently you should get postpartum massages as time, personal finances and health considerations can affect everyone’s preferences differently.