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Childbirth is a long and tiring process for women. That's why new mothers often ask for a massage to get rid of their fatigue. But the question is, can you do a massage after giving birth? Safe or dangerous, huh? Check out the information below, let's say.
Can you do a massage after giving birth?
Massage is known to have many health benefits, including relaxation of body and mind to cure body aches. Well, good news for mothers who have just given birth, you can do a massage after giving birth, you know.
The benefits of postpartum massage are actually not much different from other types of massage, namely:
- Stretch the muscles of the body, especially in the abdomen, lower back and hips.
- Smooth flow of oxygen throughout the body.
- Stimulates the production of endorphins which are useful for relieving body aches.
- It triggers the production of the hormone oxytocin to launch breast milk while breastfeeding.
- Improve the immune system.
- Overcoming baby blues syndrome and depression after childbirth.
Apart from being safe for women who give birth normally, this massage is also safe for those of you who have just given birth by caesarean section. It is precisely this type of massage can accelerate recovery. This is because the soft pressure given can smooth the blood flow so that the healing process becomes faster.
Which must be considered before doing a massage after giving birth
Although the benefits of postpartum massage are very tempting, there are a number of things you should pay attention to. This massage is basically safe as long as it is done by a certified and experienced therapist.
If you have just given birth by caesarean section, you should wait until your scars are dry and healed before starting a massage. This usually takes about 1 to 2 weeks, but ask the doctor again when you really recover.
Avoid massaging the area around the scar on the abdomen to prevent infection or fever. It is best to aim at your legs, head, arms and back, which are also prone to experiencing postpartum aches.
No less important, make sure your little one is still within your reach during a massage. Ask for help from parents or in-laws to take care of your little one for a while at least until you have finished the massage.