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Postnatal Massages After A Cesarean

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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 it is an extremely painful experience as well. The pain is unavoidable, even if you have had a cesarean section. A C-section is a major abdominal surgery, and you will find yourself in great pain, hence some precautions should be exercised if you want to indulge in post-natal massages.
Postnatal Massages

  • What Are The Benefits Of Having Postnatal Massages?
  • How Long Should I Wait For Postnatal Massage After A Cesarean?
  • What Oils Can I Use For Postnatal Massage After Cesarean?
  • Why Does My C-Section Scar Needs To Be Massaged?
  • What If I Do Not Take Postnatal Massages After A C-section?
  • How Often Can I Get Postnatal Massages After My Wound Is Healed?
  • What Precautions Should I Take For Getting Postnatal Massages After A C-section?
  • When Should I Avoid Getting A Postnatal Massage?

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. 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 blood stream and even 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 that you wait to get massages post a C- section until the cut is completely healed, which 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 you body enough time to recover and then go for postnatal massages. However, you can take head, arm and leg massages, but leave the abdominal area completely. Once the scar tissue is formed, and you are able to lie on your stomach, you can take special massage involving just the region around the cut. However, choose a maalishwali who is well trained in postnatal massages. How to choose the right maalishwali – click here to know

What Oils Can I Use For Postnatal Massage After 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 with oils, and also check whether your baby is okay with the oil you use. Yes, if he fumes, it indicates he doesn’t really like the smell on his momma’s body, you need to switch the oil. Read more about oils for postnatal massage here.

Why Does My C-Section Scar Needs To Be Massaged?

Since the C- Section scar is not a natural wound, during the healing process the tissues start forming in an irregular fashion. 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 it is completely healed will restrict the tissues to accumulate on your organs and keep you internal system healthy.
Massage after Cesarean

What If I Do Not Take Postnatal Massages After A C-section?

Just because the scar has healed over time, it doesn’t mean that you are healed internally as well. 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?

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 come to the massage, be very vocal and let the masseuse know if it gets 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.

What Precautions Should I Take For Getting Postnatal Massages After A C-section?

  1. Remember that your body has been through a lot in the last few months so don’t exert yourself. Wait until you scar is fully healed, before opting for a massage. If you are skeptical you can consult the doctor and wait till the doctor gives it a ‘go- ahead’
  2. Before hiring a masseuse or maalishwali have a good chat with them and tell them about your situation. Make certain that he or she is experienced
  3. Ask your masseuse to be extremely gentle near the scar and the surrounding area, let your masseuse know if the pressure is too much or if your experience pain
  4. It is also recommended that you don’t 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
  5. 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 it. Massages must also be avoided if you have 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 healthy diet you will soon be fit as a fiddle.

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