Post Partum Massage
Finally! All your expectations, hopes and fears, of birthing your baby have come to pass. Regardless of your personal experience, your feelings about it flow directly into caring for your newborn. Your body is now going through significant changes. This healing process includes a rapid reduction in uterine size. Cramping can be mild to severe and may reflect your birth experience. Your chest becomes enlarged, sore, and sensitive as the milk ducts go into production.
Your pelvic floor may be very sore from an episiotomy. In addition, your GI tract may fluctuate in reaction to the tremendous changes to your abdomen such as regained space.
The tremendous responsibility of caring for your newborn is at hand. Let yourself welcome support that is offered. Gently ask your family and friends to take care of you, so you may take care of your baby.
Once the initial excitement is over, and family members go back home, many parents are literally on their own. Initially, this is more than likely welcomed as it gives the couple a chance to realize their new ‘family’ together and form their own rhythm as parents.
It’s easy to feel like you have no other purpose than to change diapers and feed the baby, every two ours or so. Restful sleep becomes a vague memory and nerves can be stretched thin. In addition, you are still recovering from childbirth.
A whirlwind of emotions such as loss of identity, lonliess, insecurity, incapability, and abandonment may contribute to feelings of fear, resentment, anger, and isolation for some. Lack of support can lead to this situation which is a major contributing factor of Post Partum Depression. PPD is a very real and very common experience.
Research has proven that mothers who massage their baby can reduce her feelings of depression. Learn more here. In addition, regular massages for the mother reduce PPD symptoms. Forming supportive relationships with your spouse, family, and friends is very important. There are other women out there who know exactly how you feel because they are going through it themselves, or have been in your shoes before. Support groups for new moms can be a source of knowledge and compassion. Talking with other new moms can help you feel more confident. Just having a couple of friends can reassure you that you are not alone.
Regular massage during the Post Partum period is very beneficial to all women. Physical discomforts and symptoms are addressed, as well as your emotional state. Body, mind and soul are nurtured and rejuvenated, letting you be the best mom you can be.
Post Partum Massage may help in these ways:
Re-establishes pelvis structural integrity
Supports healthy lactation
Reduces stress hormones
Facilitates the healing of bladder disorders, post-episiotomy soreness, and Cesarean Section
Relieves neck/shoulder/back pain
Supports healthy emotional state
Aids in maternal bonding
Sessions are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly for the first 12 weeks post partum. Infants can be nursed while your receiving massage in a side lying position. This eliminates the need for childcare.
You then continue visits every 3-4 weeks depending on your situation. Myofascial stretching of the scar tissue that forms after a Cesarean Section helps your scar support without restricting. Scar tissue can be worked as soon as it is healed.