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Benefits Of Postnatal Massage For New Moms

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Postnatal Massage Benefits
After delivery, the new mother hardly gets time to look after herself. All her days and nights are spent caring for the newborn. After delivery, many women complain of body pain. Post pregnancy, women put on weight and the urge to get back in shape becomes third main motto. Have you heard about the postnatal massages? It is a massage that every woman should take after delivery.

Benefits of postnatal massage:

Relaxation: After delivery, women feel stressed. Caring for the newborn all the time can stress out the new mother mentally as well as physically. So, the postnatal massage relaxes your exhausted body.

Relieves body pain: Pain in the legs, thighs, arms, neck and back are common after delivery. This massage provides relief from body pain. The best time to get the postnatal massage is at night. Before going to bed, massage for few minutes or ask your husband to do it, inorder have a good and painless sleep.

Improves blood circulation: Body massage benefits as it increases the blood circulation throughout the body. Apart from providing relief from pain, it increases the oxygen supply required for better blood circulation.

Increases milk production: This massage should be done after delivery to increase the production of prolactin. Massage your breasts to prevent sagging them and also increase the milk production. Massaging also clears blocked ducts in the breasts.

Tightens muscles: During pregnancy the muscles loosen up for labour. After delivery, you can massage your body to tone up your muscles and stay fit!

Weight loss: After delivery, new mothers want to get back in shape. Massage benefits them by shrinking the tummy, burning body fat and helps get back in shape.

Reduces stretch marks: Stretch marks are common skin problems faced during pregnancy. They are difficult to cure but you can reduce these marks on your abdomen and legs by massaging regularly. Use essential oils to reduce stretch marks.

Exfoliates the skin: To get rid of dead skin, exfoliate with a postnatal massage. New mothers become very careless with their complexion and skin. So exfoliate during a massage.

These are few benefits of postnatal massage. After delivery, especially c section (cesarían), the body needs time to recover. The stitches should dry. Till the stitches heal, postpone your massage. Use hot or warm oil for massage. You can also add few drops of lemon or lemongrass for the proper body massage. Kneading and stroking works on the muscles and brings the uterus in the position. You can do the postnatal massage at home. Try these postnatal massage techniques to rejuvenate yourself.

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Story first published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 17:49 [IST]
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