Postnatal Massages After A Cesarean

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ostnatal Massages After A Cesarean

Delivering a baby is one of the most special events in a woman’s life. Even though it is one of the most exhilarating moments, one cannot deny that it is an extremely painful experience as well. The pain is unavoidable, even if you have had a cesarean section. A C-section is major abdominal surgery. You will find yourself in great pain. Postnatal massage after a C section helps to regain the strength of muscles and relieve pain.

The 40-day confinement period following delivery involves a postnatal massage. Postnatal massages are usually preceded by traditional baths with indigenous herbs and natural remedies. However, some precautions should be taken if you want to indulge in post-natal massages after a C section.

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What is Postnatal Massage?

Postnatal massage is a beautiful and traditional practice that basically involves a full-body massage after delivery. Generally, the new mother’s body is massaged from the feet upward to the head by a traditional or professionally trained masseuse.

Postnatal massage increases blood flow and stimulates the release of endorphins that lead to relaxation. Postpartum massage improves the performance of specific muscle groups that undergo stress in the process of giving birth.

What are the Benefits of Having Postnatal Massages?

Postnatal massages have many benefits. It is essential that you get regular massages after you give birth. Regular massages will help you regain your strength post-delivery. They will give you much-needed relief from aches and sores. I

n addition, they will also relax tense muscles and help your body to release endorphins that will soothe the aches in your body. It will push away the toxins in your bloodstream and improve blood circulation. Postnatal massages also help you to cope with depression, stress, and anxiety.

How Long Should I Wait for Postnatal Massage After a Cesarean?

Most doctors suggest waiting to get massages to post C-section until the complete healing of the stitches. This process normally takes 6-7 weeks. After the C-section, especially in the first 2 weeks, your body is extremely sensitive and prone to infections. There is no way that your body is ready to get massages, and definitely not on a regular basis. You must give your body enough time to recover and then go for postnatal massages.

However, you can take the head, arm, and leg massages, but leave the abdominal area completely. After the formation of the scar tissue, when you can lie on your stomach, you can take a special message involving just the region around the cut. However, choose a maalishwali who has proper training in postnatal massages. How to choose the right maalishwali – click here to know.

What Oils Can I Use for Postnatal Massage After a Cesarean?

What Oils Can I Use for Postnatal Massage After a Cesarean_

If you have a well-trained and experienced maalishwali or masseuse, she will bring or make her own concoction. If not, there are a lot of options available in the market. You could even use mustard oil, coconut oil or sesame oil, or any other oil-based on your preference.

However, you may skip herbal oils initially, and if you do, always have them diluted. Watch out for your body’s reaction to oils, and also check whether your baby is okay with the oil you use. Read more about oils for a postnatal massage here.

Why Does My C-Section Scar Needs to be Massaged?

The C- Section scar is not a natural wound. Therefore, tissue formation starts in an uneven manner during the healing process. The tissue may overlap and could start accumulating on your organs. This process could harm your uterus, bladder, or even the colon. Gently massaging the scar after the healing process is complete will restrict the accumulation of tissues on your organs and keep your internal system healthy.

[Read: C-section Scare Care for Quick Healing and Recovery]

What if I do Not Take Postnatal Massages After a C-Section?

Healing of the scar doesn’t always mean the internal healing is also complete. Not massaging your scars will lead to severe consequences in the long run. You may experience back pain and even pelvic pain in some cases, if you didn’t get proper post-natal massages. You could face trouble with urination as well; it could get painful with time. In some cases, you may even find it difficult to get pregnant again.

How Often Can I Get Postnatal Massages After My Wound is Healed?

How Often Can I Get Postnatal Massages After My Wound is Healed_

It is advisable that you begin with one gentle massage a day. Opt for a trained masseuse who has worked before with women after their C- Section. She will know how to massage your scar and balance the pressure. When it comes to the massage, be very vocal and let the masseuse know if you feel uncomfortable.

It needs to be a gentle and soft massage, so be very clear if you feel the pressure is too much to handle. Take the massage only if you want to take it and feel like it. As a safety measure, you can also check with your doctor on the frequency and the intensity of postnatal massages that would be best for you. Read here to know different postpartum massage techniques.

What Precautions Should I Take for Getting Postnatal Massages After a C-Section?

Remember that your body has been through a lot in the last few months, so don’t exert yourself. Before opting for a massage, ensure complete healing of your wound. If you are skeptical, you can consult the doctor and wait till the doctor gives it a ‘go- ahead’.

  • Before hiring a masseuse or maalishwali have a good chat with them and tell them about your situation. Choose experienced massage therapists.
  • Ask your masseuse to be extremely gentle near the scar and the surrounding area. Let them know when the pain or pressure is unbearable.
  • Do not change your masseuse often. A masseuse, who has stayed with you for a longer duration, will begin to understand your body and will know precisely how to handle your body.
  • See how your body reacts to the massage and accordingly decide the frequency of the massage.

When Should I Avoid Getting a Postnatal Massage?

Although postnatal massages are beneficial, you must avoid them if you have rashes, eczema or other skin infection. Massaging the infected area will only worsen the situation. Also, steer clear of massages if you have faced complications during your delivery and your doctor has advised you against them. Avoid postnatal massage after cesarean if you have a hernia or high blood pressure.

Always remember that C-Section is not a natural way to deliver a baby. Hence, you need to take good care of your body. With regular massages and a healthy diet, you will soon be fit as a fiddle.


1. Do I Need a Postnatal Massage After a C-Section?

No, it is not compulsory, though highly recommended. It has many benefits. Do check with your doctor if it is safe.

2. Is it Safe to Massage After a Cesarean Delivery?

Your doctor can advise on this. They usually ask you to wait till the scar has healed. You should also avoid putting too much pressure around the scar area.

3. What is Scar Activation Massage?

After surgery, when skin joins back it can thicken. The scar can be massaged gently to activate it. This will reduce thickness and immobility.

4. Who Can Give me a Massage After a C-Section?

It is always better to go to professionals. Regular parlor masseuses may not know the techniques. Seek a person who is experienced.

Read Also: Why New Mothers Love Getting A Massage?

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With a rich experience in pregnancy and parenting, our team of experts create insightful, well-curated, and easy-to-read content for our to-be-parents and parents at all stages of parenting.Read more.

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