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Postnatal Massage After Birth

Postnatal massage is the best way to care for yourself and your baby after birth. As a new mom, you need to take care of yourself while caring for your newborn. Postnatal massage can help you decrease the discomforts of afterbirth and help you relax and feel cared for during this intense time of your mothering journey.

Postnatal Body Changes

Your body is now going through significant changes. During the first few weeks of postpartum, healing has to occur in the site within your uterus where the placenta was attached.

This is an internal scar that slowly heals as your uterus gets smaller. As a result, you may be experiencing mild to severe cramping, or your pelvic floor may be very sore from an episiotomy or tearing.


Afterpains are experienced by moms who have just given birth. They feel like labor contractions and may last for a few hours to a few days. Afterpains are more intense and last longer if you had other births and they get worse with each child.

Afterpains are also felt during nursing. As the baby stimulates the breast, oxytocin is released causing uterine contractions. This can be unpleasant, but it is also a sign that your uterus is returning to its pre-pregnancy size. Consider that this process will take a few months.

The Holistic Postnatal Guide is an excellent companion for women going through postpartum. This is a very important time of your life: you will be looing after your newborn baby, but do not forget to look after yourself!

This guide will teach you all you need to know about natural remedies for postpartum from depression to skin care and even weight loss.

Body Healing After Giving Birth

After birth not only your uterus, but your intestinal tract and urinary bladder have to regain their original positioning after being pushed to the side to make room for your growing baby. Your abdominal muscles may now be very relaxed and flaccid, you may feel especially weak and sore when attempting to sit up.

During this time, your breasts become enlarged, sore, and sensitive as the milk ducts go into production. Breastfeeding can put strain on your back and shoulders. A soothing postnatal massage will help you greatly.

Massage after giving birth can help with:

1. Low back pain

2. Neck and shoulder pain

3. Scar healing 

4. Headaches

5. Hand and wrist pain

6. Postural dysfunctions

7. Depression

8. Weakness and fatigue

9. Re-establishes pelvic alignment

10. Supports healthy lactation

11. Facilitates Mom and baby bonding

12. Reduces stress hormones

Taking Care Of Yourself

Regular massage during the postnatal period is very beneficial to all new moms. Postnatal massage addresses physical discomforts, as well as your emotional state. Body, mind and soul are nurtured and rejuvenated, helping you be the best mom you can be.

Like all new mothers you too need to recuperate from childbirth as your body changes. Make sure you have someone cooking special meals for you and minimize your work in your house so you can get plenty of rest and care for yourself and your baby.

Postnatal massage is a wonderful way to recuperate from childbirth and ease into motherhood.

The stress from childbirth and time your spent caring for your newborn may be hard on our body. Postnatal massage not only gives you nurturing and emotional support to help you gain back your lost energy, but also helps the body return to its condition before pregnancy.

Childbirth puts your entire body under a great deal of stress. Your muscles especially are under the same level of stress as someone running a marathon. 

Other Important Benefits of Postnatal Massage Are:

1. Provides deep relaxation. This is very important when you become exhausted after night feedings.

2. Relieves shoulders and neck pain from carrying and breastfeeding a baby.

3. Helps restore the uterus to its original state.

5. Helps to eliminate excess body fluids and reduces fluid retention.

6. Helps in weight loss by giving new tone to your muscles.

7. Increases blood circulation.

8. Helps you feel good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself, it is easier to meet the needs of your newborn.

When To Start Postnatal Massage

For mothers who delivered naturally or without complications, they can start their postnatal massage as soon as they are comfortable and ready.

For caesarean delivery, it is best to wait for at least 2 weeks after giving birth or when the incision is properly healed before starting postnatal massage sessions.

Sessions are usually scheduled weekly for the first 12 weeks postpartum.

Ask your massage therapist if you can nurse your infant while your receive massage in a side lying position.

Bringing your baby with you eliminates the need for childcare and makes you feel less anxious about leaving your newborn.

Postpartum massage is a great way to enhance your bonding experience and attachment to your baby.

Using Massage At Home

Most massage therapists use massage products that do not have handy smell and that are hypoallergenic, but have no healing properties. 

I would recommend bringing in your own massage oil made of essential oils that help you relax and bring healing to your skin, especially if you have poor tone or developed stretch marks, if possible. Otherwise, use it on yourself at home.

To treat Stretch Marks you will need a product that:

1. Supports skin elasticity and flexibility of connective tissue

2. Protects against common stretch marks caused by pregnancy

3. Maintains water balance and healthy circulation

4. Promotes a pampering experience

I recommend massaging Dream Belly Butter into your skin during your postpartum. It will take a few weeks, but it will make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin.

This is an excellent way to prevent stretch marks during and after pregnancy. 

Stretch Marks really never go completely away, but they will fade away and become almost invisible. To achieve good results you need to be consistent in applying a good stretch marks oil daily.

As your skin continues to shrink back to its original size after pregnancy, you need to make sure any stretch marks that are present will fade away or at least reduce in appearance. Dream Belly Butter contains natural oils, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of plant extracts that work together to heal and restore strained skin.

Many Blessings!

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