Mothers are always concerned about their babies’ health but what they forget in this process is that they also need to take care of themselves in order to heal post-pregnancy. Giving birth to a baby is a difficult task and a new mother’s body needs a lot of pampering. Post- Partum massage provides a new mother’s body with this pampering which restores your body to pre-pregnancy condition and speeds healing.
Read on to know what kind of benefits a postpartum massage offers to a new mother’s body.
It helps to ease sore spots and relaxes muscle tension making you feel relaxed. Massaging a mother’s body also encourages the brain to release endorphins which are feel-good hormones and act as natural pain killers.
Regular massaging helps a new mother’s body to release oxytocin which helps to release more milk from breasts. It helps in opening up any blocked ducts or clots, reducing the risk of mastitis. Keep in mind to massage the breasts super gently as vigorous massage with harsh strokes can worsen mastitis.
Pregnancy causes an increase in fluid volume in your body. Massage helps in increasing circulation and stimulating lymphatic drainage that reduces excess fluids and waste products. It also assists your body to shift water to the right places. Massaging also helps in hormone regulation which also decreases swelling.
Many women experience temporary postpartum anxiety and depression as a result of hormonal changes, new changes and responsibilities and the difficulty in adapting to these changes. According to the American Pregnancy Association, many studies show that massaging works well for treating postpartum depression.
A new mother’s skin becomes loose after delivery. Regular massage with some plant-based oils like coconut oil or jojoba oil helps to tighten the skin and may also help with stretch marks.
Any position is safe for a post-natal massage provided that is comfortable for your body. You may need to change positions during a massage session as your maalishwali or masseuse moves from one body part to another.
Some women like lying down on their stomach with face down while some other women with engorged or leaking breasts may find it majorly uncomfortable.
The side-lying position or the seated position works usually the best for mothers who had a c section delivery and are very effective when it comes to treating specific issues of the pelvis, legs, and shoulders.
It’s always best to get your doctor’s approval before getting on a massage routine.
Now you know that massaging not only is beneficial for newborns but equally beneficial for new mothers who need immense care along with a healthy diet to let their bodies recover after pregnancy.
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