Post pregnancy healing: Massage

The birth of baby is the most beautiful thing in a woman’s life. But the process of giving birth to a baby is also a very painful experience. Post pregnancy a new mother could be in a fix regarding the confusing changes going on in the body. She will feel tired and dejected all the time and the demanding baby will only add to the troubles. Breastfeeding the baby will also lead to her shoulders getting cramped. Therefore post pregnancy massage is given to ease post pregnancy pain. The end result of receiving a massage is that is soothes the pain and calms the mother.

pregnant woman belly with flower in blue water
pregnant woman belly with flower in blue water

It is said that usually a human body can endure 45 del units of pain but during childbirth, a mother has to stand 57 del units of pain. This very predictably means that the process of childbirth puts your body into immense strain and sores specially your hips, abdomen and lower back. The upper back also becomes sore due to breastfeeding if it does not take place at a suitable body position.  Therefore post-natal massages become very important for new mothers as massage eases the sore areas and relaxes tensed muscles.  Post natal massage is much needed for healing the fragile and stressed new mothers as it is necessary for the well being of both the mothers and their new born baby. The massage increases the flow of oxygen and blood to the muscles and rids the body of toxins. The painful delivery process for the mothers entail post pregnancy care which includes massage as a very wholesome element for post pregnancy. Massage triggers the brain to release of natural pain killer called as endorphins and feel good hormones as a result of which the new mothers feel relaxed. Post pregnancy massage is also said to uplift the mood, act as a stress buster and helps you do way with the post pregnancy depression and baby blues.001_prenatal-massage


Massage also encourages the release of oxytocin which is a hormone stimulating a let down reflex in the body. This reflex leads to the release of milk from your breasts. It may happen that during the massage your breast leak milk, therefore it is advisable to put on breast pads before you go for a massage.  The breast massage reduces the risk of mastitis as the massage will unblock the blocked ducts and loosen the clumps formed due to improper feeding by the baby.  However a heavy breast massage will only add to your troubles and can do more harm than good to a new mother. So it is better to have a gentle and caressing massage on your breasts. Post natal massage is very helpful for caesarean cases as it expedites the recovery process. However it is better to steer clear of the caesarean section as long as it is not healed. After the healing of the wounds, a soft massage will increase the flow of the blood and speed up the internal healing. Any pressure on the caesarean area right after the delivery may cause damages to the body. It is only after five to six weeks that mothers can take a special tissue massage focusing on the scars which will heal the internal layers of the wound. After the caesarean surgery the tissues stick together; post natal massage on the scar will help in preventing this.

Post pregnancy massage stimulates lymph flow thereby improving immunity and well being of mothers.  It is said that the scar tissue massage should be started off within first fourteen weeks of delivery, but not without the approval of your doctor first.

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