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Is Postpartum Womb Massage Necessary? Here’s What to Know.
If you have done a fair amount of research, you may have come across the term placenta delivery. Yes, after your baby, you would proceed to ‘give birth’ to the placenta. If you give birth vaginally, the doctor may require you to keep pushing after your baby is out – for the placenta delivery. From the moment you start to feel contractions up until this stage, it seems like the straining never stops – and you are not completely wrong.
Since you are required to strain your body a lot before, during, and after giving birth to your baby, one of the conditions you may face after it all ends is the dropping womb, or the scientific term; uterine prolapse. This could happen due to various reasons and while even the most severe condition can normally be prevented, that often is easier said than done.
You may have also heard of haemorrhage, the heavy blood loss within the first 24 hours after delivery which can lead to other complications. Still, you should not be alarmed as soon as you see blood. It could just be a normal element of your lochia discharge which can last for a few days.
No matter what you experience after birth, they can be prevented and more importantly, healed. And that is what we are here to talk about today! As a part of our postnatal massage, we included the womb massage (also known as uterine massage), followed by belly binding after the whole massage process is done.
What can womb massage do for you?
Relieves Stress and Promotes Relaxation
The rigorous process of childbirth would exhaust you with a great amount of energy. Thus, it is normal to feel fatigued and tired. A good postnatal massage can help you during your postpartum period as it eases tiredness by promoting relaxation to enhance sleep quality. It is also proven that postnatal massage can greatly help muscle tension, increase blood circulation and stress reduction for new mothers, which would indirectly help with your womb recovery too. Plus, you can also have a post natal massage home service right in the comfort of your home! What better way to recover faster than entrusting your body to a reliable pair of hands? You might be surprised at how postnatal massages could work wonders for your body.
Improves Breastfeeding Abilities
Postnatal massage therapy is beneficial for you when it comes to lactation as it helps relax your muscles as a breastfeeding mother. This will then naturally help to lower your stress hormones, increase blood circulation and decrease swelling. As a result, this can help relieve engorgements and increase your breast milk supply as the blocked ducts are cleared.
In addition, postnatal massages are great for your body as it serves as the catalyst to promote the release of oxytocin, a hormone that is important in returning the womb to its regular size. Postnatal massage would benefit your body as it helps encourage the discharge of lochia, realign pelvic positions and improve the abdominal organs to be positioned as they used to be. This would greatly aid your recovery and bring comfort to your body. Pregnancy and delivery are parts and parcels that affect a mother’s life in the long term. Therefore, it is only wise to let your body get the treatment and pampering sessions it deserves.
Relieves Pains and Soreness Associated With Giving Birth
One of the best things about postnatal massages is that it helps with relieving the pain and soreness associated with giving birth. You will feel more comfortable with postnatal massage as it helps to ease sore spots and relaxes muscle tension, particularly in the abdomen, lower back & hip area. Therefore, this will encourage your muscles to retract and for your womb to return back to its original state. It also helps you to release the stiffness caused by an incorrect latching position. Plus, there is an abundance of skilled masseurs out there who would be more than willing to help you out on this matter. So what are you waiting for? Schedule one now! Meanwhile, if you are looking to make your transition to motherhood smoother with the best mom and baby products, you can visit MumChecked! They have plenty of options available just for you.
Does womb massage hurt? It should not, but the more accurate answer is it depends. Some mothers with low pain tolerance may be more sensitive compared to others, so getting a womb massage right after they give birth can be a bit uncomfortable. If you are used to getting a massage regularly before, you would be familiar with the sensation.
What is the procedure after womb massage? After your full-body massage which involves the womb massage is done, your belly will be wrapped with a binder, better known as bengkung. Belly binding is the art of wrapping a new mom’s belly for physical support and to help hasten the recovery process after childbirth.
This belly binding technique uses a long strip of cloth to wrap around the abdomen from the hips to the ribcage. New mothers are traditionally wrapped as soon after birth as possible, ideally starting from day five onwards. You would have to wear it for around 6 to 8 hours per day, but depending on how comfortable you feel, you can have it on for a shorter or longer time. If you are conscious about your expanding hips from the pregnancy, putting on this binder can help give you your figure back.
Benefits of binders
First and foremost, let us begin with binders. If you are a new mom, you might still be relatively new or unfamiliar with this item. A postpartum binder is designed to provide the needed support for your recovering body as your muscles revert back to their pre-pregnancy state. It also helps to keep your body warm after the cooling process of delivery. Plus, there are various benefits to wearing a binder for your womb and you might be surprised how a simple practice could do wonders for your body!
Improve and Straighten Your Posture
Be it in a physical or emotional sense, pregnancy and childbirth take a huge toll on a woman’s body. The most affected part of this whole process is your posture. The binder helps in providing support when bending your knee or walking. Besides, the binder also provides support to your back as you try to adapt to your post-pregnancy weight. Furthermore, using a binder would also promote correct posture and prevent overextension of the lower back. As a result, it would also help prevent the weakening of key muscles that support the spine as well.
Tone Your Body
When your body undergoes pregnancy, your tummy’s skin is stretched as it creates a space for the baby. During confinement, wearing a binder is beneficial as it helps to tone loose belly skin. This is due to the support given to the vertical abdominal muscles and organs by the traditional binder. Plus, a binder is useful for you as it treats flabby tummy and prevents tummy bulge to ease the uterus back into shape. A helpful addition to your tummy which has undergone various physical changes during pregnancy and birth.
Help in Slimming Down
Moreover, a healthy combination of binder, a balanced diet and exercises (as advised by your doctor) would be key in helping your body slim down! How can a binder help you lose weight if you might ask? Well, it does help in breaking down fat and cellulite and improving your blood flow. Furthermore, it shrinks the swelling and keeps your abdominal tissues compressed to reduce pain. We do understand that the first thing that most mothers would want might be to return to their pre-pregnancy body as soon as possible after birth. However, do keep in mind that this is a long-term process and you will need to be patient about it. Chin up mommies, trust the process!
All in all, womb massage can do a lot for you. That is why a lot of GP and doctors recommend it as a part of routine alternative therapy. So, going back to the question in the title; is postpartum womb massage necessary? It may or may not be, but if you do end up getting it, you will realise that the benefits are aplenty. As a matter of fact, depending on your condition, getting a womb massage after giving birth may be necessary. Regardless, if you are still wary, do consult your doctor about it. You can also talk to us at PNSG to find out more about womb massage and how we can treat you!