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Post Natal massages have been around for a very long time and have helped many new mothers all around the world to relax and unwind, postpartum. After having your baby, you will be embarking on a new life journey as a mother. Henceforth, it is necessary for one to take care of both your body and mind due to the new adjustments that will be made to your life as time passes.
The first trimester of your pregnancy begins on the first day of your last period and ends at the mark of the twelfth week. During these first three months, the fertilized egg is divided into layers of cells and attaches itself to your uterine walls. Your baby is now an embryo. The embryo grows rapidly and by the end of this trimester, your baby’s organs and limbs would have formed, including the amniotic sac and placenta.
You should expect to experience morning sickness, breast tenderness, weight gain, and mood swings. During this time, you should be taking your prenatal vitamins, choosing your practitioner(s) and ob-gyn, consider genetic tests, budget, look into health insurance and start planning for your baby’s future.
At the end of the first trimester, your baby is called a fetus.
The second trimester is often referred to as the best stage of pregnancy and occurs during weeks thirteen and twenty-eight. Nausea or morning sickness subsides and fatigue is reduced and you may exhibit what is known as a “pregnancy glow”.
The baby’s organs continue to develop and the baby’s movements can be felt by the mother, such as when it wakes up, falls asleep or moves. The baby begins growing hairs and can even hear and swallow. Your kidneys, heart, and lungs begin working harder as they are supporting two humans and your skin, hair, and nails begin to shine and glow.
You should expect to experience swelling of your hands and feet while your abdomen and uterus will enlarge. You will become hungrier, moodier and may experience aches and pain due to the baby’s growth and movement. Stretch marks will start to appear along with dark patches and bouts of itchiness.
You should also continue taking your prenatal vitamins, have regular checkups, and also discover your baby’s gender.
This stage occurs at weeks twenty-nine through forty. Your baby’s eyelids have formed and are partially open. The baby’s hair grows and he/she becomes a lot more active, twisting and turning, grasping, kicking and stretching. The baby’s bones harden, becoming more responsive to stimuli and your baby begins to dream and think.
You should expect to experience abdominal pains, fatigue, heartburn, back aches, Braxton Hicks contractions, reduced bladder control, and leaky breasts. During this time you should be setting up your nursery, packing your hospital bag for any emergencies or labor, buying baby gear and be mentally prepared for your baby’s arrival.
After giving birth, all the pain and aches don’t just suddenly go away. You may experience mood swings and contractions even after you have given birth and you will still have a baby bump. One way to overcome some of these postnatal symptoms is by getting a postnatal or a post-baby massage.
Here are several benefits that Post-Natal massages offer to mothers who have just given birth.
POST-BABY MASSAGES FACILITATE THE HEALING PROCESS
During your pregnancy and while giving birth, your body goes through a pretty traumatic experience (especially if you are a first-time mother.) You are likely to experience swelling at various parts of the body such as the feet and the arms due to water retention. When your muscles are relaxed, blood flow to these areas increases thereby increasing lymphatic drainage which leads to the elimination of waste and excess fluids from the body. This speeds up your body’s overall healing and allows it to go back to its normal state much faster.
POST-BABY MASSAGES HELP TO RELIEVE PAIN
It is no secret that labour is a painful process and even after giving birth, new mothers experience pain in their backs, abdomen, neck, shoulders, etc. There are sore spots and muscle tensions that need to be relaxed and eased, post-natal massages easily solve those issues. Jamu post natal massages include a series of specially formulated herbs, oils and hot stones which will target your problem areas and release endorphins (natural painkillers) which will have you feeling great.
POST-BABY MASSAGES ARE GREAT FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Some mothers experience a spike in cortisol (the stress hormones) after giving birth, which can lead to anxiety and in worst-case scenarios, depression if not properly handled. Having a post-natal massage at home can help to reduce cortisol levels, create a feeling of wellness and remove any negative energy or stress associated with the environment.
POST-BABY MASSAGES HELP TO BOOST MILK PRODUCTION
The best post-natal massage will help your body to release oxytocin, which in turn triggers the “letdown reflex”. When your breasts are massaged, it will open up blocked ducts, reduce the risk of mastitis and loosen clumps or hardened areas. Be sure to wear your breastfeeding bra because you may experience some leakage!
POST-BABY MASSAGES SPEEDS UP CAESAREAN RECOVERY
If you deliver your baby via C-Section it will take some time and some serious post natal care for your wounds to heal. There will be discomfort associated with this, but Jamu postnatal massages will help to increase blood supply and foster internal healing.
Other benefits of hiring a massage lady in Singapore for Postnatal massages include an improvement in posture, blood pressure regulation, reduced lactic acid levels, realigning of the pelvis, reduced belly size, and improved breathing.
There are a variety of postnatal massages that a new mother can experience but today we will specifically be discussing about a popular type of postnatal massage in Singapore, the Jamu postnatal massage.
According to many mothers, the Jamu massage is the best postnatal massage because it focuses on the rejuvenation and recovery of the mind and body. This includes the use of experienced hands and oils, herbs and hot stones to relax muscles and increase blood flow and breast milk production. The belly is bound with a jamu wrap to reduce its size and tone the area, with the aid of scented and herbal candles putting the mother’s mind at ease.
This postnatal massage can be done in the comfort of your own home and accomodated to your own schedule. And before you worry about costs and leaving your baby alone, just remember: your body has just been through something new and traumatic, you deserve it.
But be sure to book your session months in advance because they are in high demand. It’s a decision that you won’t regret so start picking your dates now before they’re all booked out.