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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Postnatal Massage

Speed Up Postpartum Healing with Postnatal Massage

Postnatal massage is the best way to care for yourself and your baby after birth. As a new mom, you need to take care of yourself while caring for your newborn. Prenatal massage can help you decrease the discomforts of afterbirth and help you relax and feel cared for during this intense time of your mothering journey.

Postnatal Body Changes
Your body is now going through significant changes. During the first few weeks of postpartum, healing has to occur in the site within your uterus where the placenta was attached. This is an internal scar that slowly heals as the uterine size diminishes. As a result, you may be experiencing mild to severe cramping, and your pelvic floor may be very sore from an episiotomy or tearing. After birth not only your uterus, but your intestinal tract and urinary bladder have to regain their original positioning after being pushed to the side to make room for your growing baby. Your abdominal muscles may now be very relaxed and flaccid, you may feel especially weak and sore when attempting to sit up. During this time, your breasts become enlarged, sore, and sensitive as the milk ducts go into production. Breastfeeding can put strain on your back and shoulders.

Bodywork during the postpartum period can help with:
  • Low back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Scar healing
  • Headaches
  • Hand and wrist pain
  • Postural dysfunctions
  • Depression
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Re-establishes pelvis structural integrity
  • Supports healthy lactation
  • Mom and baby bonding
  • Reduces stress hormones
    Regular massage during the postnatal period is very beneficial to all new moms. Postnatal massage addresses physical discomforts, as well as your emotional state. Body, mind and soul are nurtured and rejuvenated, helping you be the best mom you can be.

    Like all new mothers you too need to recuperate from childbirth as your body changes. Make sure you have someone cooking special meals for you and minimize your work in your house so you can get plenty of rest and care for yourself and your baby. Postnatal massage is a wonderful way to recuperate from childbirth and ease into motherhood.

    The stress from childbirth and time your spent caring for your newborn may be hard on our body. Postnatal massage not only gives you nurturing and emotional support to help you gain back your lost energy, but also helps the body return to its condition before pregnancy. Childbirth puts your entire body under a great deal of stress. Your muscles especially are under the same level of stress as someone running a marathon.

    Other Important Benefits of Postnatal Massage Are:

    1. Provides deep relaxation. This is very important when you become exhausted after night feedings.

    2. Relieves shoulders and neck pain from carrying and breastfeeding a baby.

    3. Helps restore the uterus to its original state.

    5. Helps to eliminate excess body fluids and reduces fluid retention.

    6. Helps in weight loss by giving new tone to your muscles.

    7. Increases blood circulation.

    8. Helps you feel good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself, it is easier to meet the needs of your newborn.

    When to Start Postnatal Massage
    For mothers who delivered naturally or without complications, they can start their postnatal massage as soon as they are comfortable and ready. For caesarean delivery delivery, it is best to wait for at least 2 weeks after giving birth or when the incision is properly healed before starting postnatal massage sessions.

    Sessions are usually scheduled weekly for the first 12 weeks postpartum. Ask your massage therapist if you can nurse your infant while your receive massage in a side lying position. Bringing your baby with you eliminates the need for childcare and makes you feel less anxious about leaving your newborn. Postpartum massage is a great way to enhance your bonding experience and attachment to your baby.
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