It takes months for a woman’s body to “get back to normal” after pregnancy and child birth. The most significant and rapid changes usually occur in the first 6 weeks after labour which is considered postpartum period. Please be patient and kind to yourself during that first year after your little one is born.
During first 6 weeks after giving birth your body has to recover from:
- any labour related pains like pelvic ligament and joint strain and pain
- epidural and other pain medication side effects like headaches, back pains
- episodes of shakiness and involuntary vibrations
- pelvic floor soreness and repair
- possible urinary incontinence, hemorroidhs, constipation
- uterine “afterpains” and and discharge
- hormonal changes to turn your body back to nonpregnant state
- breasts need to adjust for breastfeeding
- emotional adjustments, growth of responsibilities, feelings of anxiety or/and postnatal depression
- dealing with sleep deprivation
- lack of abdominal muscle tone, postural changes due to the shift in center of gravity
- healing from cesarean birth if occured
Gentle postpartum massage will help mum in her recovery and is suggested during those first 6 weeks after giving birth. Looking after a newborn will bring along new discomforts which will be also addresses through those massage sessions. Postnatal massage will reduce stress and anxiety by increasing the release of endorphins, the “happy-hormones”. Massage will also assist in rebalancing of hormones removal of waste-products by increasing blood flow.
Postnatal massage will be adjusted according to your specific needs. For example, if your breasts are large and sore or you wish to hold and nurse your baby during massage session then sidelying position might be more suitable for you.
Postnatal Massage can help you with:
- recovery from pregnancy and the birth process
- Enhanced lactation and enhanced mother’s “nesting” instincts and abilities to nurture her infant
- Increased energy, better sleep
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Lower back and hip pain
- Increases blood flow and lymphatic circulation, assisting removal of waste