Whether you have a family or you are doing it by yourself, having a baby can be very stressful. Support, guidance, and relaxation are a necessary for mom, dad, and baby in order to stay strong and healthy throughout the physical, mental and emotional adjustments of trying to conceive or getting ready to deliver a baby.
Postpartum massage is can be just as important as massage during pregnancy. It can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 1 year for a woman's body to completely recover after having a baby. You may feel excellent and ready to take on the world, but that doesn't mean your body isn't still reeling from the traumatic joy of giving birth. Whether through vaginal or cesarean, the muscles and hormones have to adjust to the changes and re-adjust to their natural state.
Postpartum massage focuses on soothing those aches and pains from a changing body while helping you maintaining balance, flexibility and muscle health during your recovery. Some other benefits of postpartum massage are reduced swelling, hormone regulation, better sleep, and improved breastfeeding. Each session will focus on YOU and your needs. With your new addition, you might forget that you are a living creature with needs and feelings of your own. Postpartum massage will bring you back into yourself, even if it is only for an hour.
How long do I have to wait after delivery to receive postpartum massage?
As long as you are comfortable, you can receive a massage any time after you have delivered. You can even schedule a massage for the day of your delivery. Time and techniques used may be limited if you are in the hospital; however, massage is a great way to begin your recovery process and may reduce the time it takes to fully recover. I would advise caution if you are having a cesarean section to avoid any infections or additional injuries. Instead, a relaxing head to fingers and knee to foot massage may be more beneficial until 8 - 12 weeks after surgery or the scab falls off.