When is the Best Time to Get a Massage After a C-Section?

Most healthcare providers recommend waiting six weeks before getting a body massage after a C-Section. At PNSG, we suggest that mothers who have had a C-Section wait at least 21 days before starting sessions. Abdominal massage is not recommended for 6 weeks after a C-Section delivery. Postnatal massage can help improve your circulation and make you more relaxed.

Most massage therapists will suggest that you start postnatal massage one week after normal delivery and one month after C-Section. It's best to get approval from your doctor, especially if you've had a C-Section, since everyone's recovery rate is different. Some women's bodies take longer to heal, while others need more time. Starting the massage too early will prolong your recovery rate.

Postpartum massage improves the performance of specific muscle groups that suffer stress in the process of giving birth. Take some time to rest and allow yourself to heal before moving on to the next step of healing: getting a body massage after a C-Section. The massage therapist should proceed with some precautions and with specific goals for immediate and long-term postpartum care. To find a massage therapist who specializes in postpartum massages, ask your postpartum support team for recommendations.

The massage, which the new mother can perform on herself, is performed on the abdomen in a clockwise direction using small circular kneading movements. The massage therapist must recognize that pulmonary embolism is one of the main causes of maternal mortality after birth. For the C-Section, the massage should focus on the feet, head, arms and back, avoid scarring and abdomen for the first 6 weeks. However, some precautions must be taken if you want to enjoy postnatal massages after a C-Section.

Many first-time mothers enjoy massages every week or two for the first few months after delivery, but others only get one or two massages. Postnatal massages are usually preceded by traditional baths with native herbs and natural remedies. Be sure to talk to your doctor or medical provider before trying to do an abdominal massage at home or with a massage therapist. It's important to remember that it's never too late to start doing massages, even if you're years after your C-Section.

A light, general massage will help a first-time mother combat some of the fatigue by stimulating circulation, lymphatic drainage and relieving musculoskeletal pain. In traditional societies, it was common to support pregnant, childbirth and postpartum women with massages. If you had a C-Section, you should consult with a gynecologist before starting a postnatal massage or fitness program. Also stay away from massages if you've had complications during delivery and your doctor has advised you not to.

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