Rejuvenate Motherhood After Delivery

Whether a woman is pregnant for the first time or an experienced mother, pregnancy can be stressful for women’s muscles and body. A woman’s body undergoes tremendous changes over the course of 42 weeks. It can also be confusing to most of the mothers who may not know what to expect of their body, more so when it is the first time being pregnant.

However, natural therapy such as post-natal massage can soothe discomfort caused during labour and helps in rejuvenatingmother’s energy levels. A therapeutic post-natal massage eases postpartum stress and provides flexibility of muscles. In addition to this, massage helps in releasing Oxytocin, a hormone that boosts milk production. Also, a good body massage induces good sleep and improves blood circulation.

Dr.Subhashini N.S, Research Associate – R&D, The Himalaya Drug Company, answers questions on all you need to know about postnatal massage

How soon can new mother get a massage after delivery?

Massage therapy after delivery can be a wonderful experience for new mothers. New mothers can receive her much-needed postpartum massage therapy soon after delivery.However, most doctors suggest that you wait to get massages post a C- section until the cut is completely healed, which normally takes about 6-7 weeks.

Will postnatal massage really help? How?

According to studies, massage therapy after delivery can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve new mothers health.Massage increases circulation and lymphatic drainage to facilitate elimination of excess fluids and waste products, boosts milk production, improves skin firmness, keeps the skin hydrated, soft, and supple.

Postnatal massagehelps ease backaches, stress, fatigue, headaches and postpartum depression. In line with relaxation and reduced stress, a postnatal massage eases exhaustion and assists you towards getting much-needed deeper sleep

How often should I getpostpartum massage? 

Post-natal massage helps in reconnecting with mind and body. It creates a balancebetween a woman’s emotional and physical needs. Generally, oil massage is recommendeddaily for up to one month post-delivery.For most new mothers, the regimen wouldalso be recommended as 6 sessions within the first six months after delivery.

What measures should betaken for a post-natal massage?

 Choosing the right massage oil and using theright massaging technique is the most essential criteria for a postnatalmassage.

Variousoils come with their own set of benefits, and choosing the right one for aneffective massage is essential. Herbal ingredients such as Sesame oil, wintercherry, Aloe vera and country mallow have synergistic effects and can help inrelaxation and rejuvenation.

Choosingright massage therapy also plays an important role before performing themassage. The energy aspect of the physical body affects the overall health ofthe body.

How long should a postnatalmassage last?

Itrecommended that each postnatal massage should range from 30-45 minutes.Thetherapeutic effects promote faster recuperation and more enjoyable days ofmotherhood.

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