Pregnancy and delivery can take a toll on most mothers’ health and wellbeing. You must take good care of yourself, to take good care of your baby. Here are some benefits of postnatal massage:
- Increased Milk Production
You may still feel body aches postpartum or strains from childbirth. On top of that, breastfeeding and constantly cradling your baby can tire out your arms, shoulders and back. Postnatal massage is a great and safe way to help ease your sore spots, soothe your pain and relax your muscles, without taking any medications. If the pain is more severe, you might require a few visits or a doctor’s visit before it is completely relieved.
- Better Sleep Quality
As a new mother, you will need as much sleep as you can for a speedy postpartum recovery. It is normal if you feel exhausted after delivery and around-the-clock care for your baby. Postnatal massage can help you relax and prepare your body for a night of restorative, deep sleep. This is supported by studies that show an increase in delta brain waves, which accompanies deep sleep during massage. On top of that, you may also fall asleep during your postnatal massage, which gives you extra time to rest.
- Increased Milk Production
Breastfeeding benefits both mother and baby. However, it can be a challenge for some mothers. For mothers who want to increase their breast milk production, postnatal massage is a great way to increase blood circulation and the necessary hormones to increase breast milk supply. This is supported by a study that found that postnatal massage is associated with increased levels of prolactin, the hormone needed for breast milk production. Postnatal massage also helps to relax the chest muscles, which improves lactation.
- Decreased Swelling
It is normal for your body to swell during labour, as there are a lot of fluid changes throughout pregnancy. Postnatal massage is an effective approach to help you reduce swelling, by stimulating your lymphatic drainage that aids in circulating and removing excess fluids, as well as waste products. Postnatal massage can also stimulate your tissue, which can help your body redistribute water within the body.
- Decreased Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
Essential oils used in many postnatal massages might help to elevate your mood, as you sit back and enjoy your massage. Postnatal massage also encourages the body to release feel-good hormones – endorphins, which can help boost your mood, reduce stress levels, fatigue. Additionally, you also get some time to yourself to relax and reward yourself, while your baby is being taken care of. This much needed time off can do wonders for your mental health.
There are many obvious benefits of postnatal massage, so do try it out. However, do speak to your doctor and massage therapists if you have undergone a caesarean delivery, to avoid any potential risks. Motherhood is a long journey, you need to rest well and be in the best shape for your baby.