Do you remember Pushpa Aunty I had mentioned in this post ? She took care of my post natal needs . Though the initial days post baby felt easy for me, I started feeling weak , had sore shoulders due to continuous breastfeeding , whole body pain and cramps. Here is where the post natal massages helped me. This post gives you the 10 benefits of post natal massage.
According to Pushpa Aunty , 90 (or more I don’t remember eh ! ) nerves of a woman’s body are stretched/ strained at the time of labour to push the baby out and each nerve takes it own time to get back to its formal form. Pushpa Aunty comes by 9.00 everyday and I just wait for her to come so that I can hand over Anshika to her 🙂 and have my mee mee time . She takes care of Anshika while I brush my teeth and have my breakfast. I will do another post on the post natal diet I had .
I finish my breakfast by 9.45 and then I look forward to my massage session by 11.30 –11.45 . Oh my I used to love the whole body massage by her. It’s so relaxing and refreshing. Pushpa Aunty takes Dhanwantaram Kuzhambu in a bowl and massages my body with it. It is then followed by turmeric and other herbs application all over the body . I must say the post natal massages were very good in my experience. Lemme list down the benefits of post partum massage one by one.
1. PROVIDES RELAXATION
Post natal or post partum massage helps to relax the whole body of new moms. As the body of a new mom is subjected to enormous strain, sleeplessness and pressure during childbirth , massage with an adequate pressure helps to relax those strained muscles .
2. PROVIDES FLEXIBILITY TO THE MUSCLES AND STRETCHED NERVES
As I mentioned earlier , flexibility of the body is increased and the stretched nerves are soothed with a proper post natal massage
3. INCREASES BLOOD CIRCULATION
You might have noticed how glowy a new mom looks post her baby . Thanks to the good massage which helped her to increase, stimulate the oxygen and blood circulation in her body.
4. BOOSTS UP BREASTMILK PRODUCTION
Post natal massage helps in the production of breast milk as the body release Oxytocin known as “love hormones “. This Oxytocin released triggers and stimulates the milk ejection reflex thereby inducing breast milk production.
In addition to the above, post natal massage increases the lactation hormone known as prolactin
5. INDUCES GOOD SLEEP
The deep sleep you get post a massage can’t be explained in words , but I never got that beauty sleep as the moment I hit the bed after my bath , Anshika used to get up and cry 🙁
6. LIGHTENS STRETCH MARKS
Oh yeah . Post natal massages help to lighten the stretch marks . You should use Ayurvedic oils like ” Nalapamaraadi ” or Almond oil for massaging the tummy area so that stretch marks fade with time.
7. AN EXCELLENT STRESS BUSTER
According to Science, massages flush out the stress causing toxins from the body thereby acting as an excellent stress buster
8. REDUCES WATER WEIGHT
A woman puts on weight during pregnancy. But with regular massages post baby helps to reduce the water weight thereby helping in toning of the whole body. Post natal massages reduces fluid retention by eliminating excess body fluids
9. EXFOLIATES THE SKIN
Post natal massage with a good Ayurvedic / any massage oil helps to exfoliate the skin of a new mom. No wonder why a new momma glows isn’t ?
10. REDUCES STRESS HORMONES
As mentioned above the post partum massages help to reduce the stress hormones known as cortisol produced in the body of a new mom
A common question regarding post natal massage :
- I had a C SECTION . Can I have post natal massages ?
Obviously you can if you have taken the consent of your gyno. The C section stitch should be healed completely or the tummy area should be avoided during massage in case of moms who had a C-section. Please talk to your gyno first for the right time as per your constitution
Hope this article on the benefits of post natal massage was helpful. Please share with me your experience of post partum massage in the comments.
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