Most health professionals recommend waiting six weeks before getting a body massage after a C-section. At PNSG, we suggest that mothers who have undergone a C-section wait at least 21 days before starting sessions. Whether you've had a C-section or a vaginal delivery, you'll need about six to eight weeks to fully recover. It's best to consult your healthcare provider before scheduling one.
Abdominal massage for 6 weeks after a cesarean delivery is not recommended. Postnatal massage can help improve circulation and make you more relaxed. Most massage therapists will suggest that you begin postnatal massage one week after normal delivery and one month after your C-section. It's best to get your doctor's approval, especially if you've performed a C-section, as everyone's recovery rate is different.
Starting the massage too soon will prolong your recovery rate. While the definition of postpartum massage may not seem like anything special, receiving one can benefit your mood and accelerate healing. Starting too soon can increase postnatal bleeding, if you experience heavy bleeding or increased blood flow, it's best to stop the massages and see your doctor to make sure everything is OK. After delivery, you can make an appointment with a masseuse or masseuse who specializes in postpartum massages.
In addition, avoid massages if you have had complications during childbirth and your doctor has advised you not to. Postpartum massage, like other body massages, has a variety of benefits, regardless of how you gave birth. For cesarean section, the massage should focus on the feet, head, arms and back, avoiding scarring and the abdomen for the first 6 weeks. Since recovery after childbirth is not only about healing externally, but also internally, receiving a postnatal massage can help accelerate this part of the recovery.
It is important to avoid massaging directly on the area and placing it in such a way as to avoid pressure on the area. Time, personal finances, and health considerations can influence your decision about how many postpartum massages you receive and how often you receive them. Women who get a massage after giving birth are likely to notice numerous benefits for their body and mood associated with massage in general. If you had a C-section or a complicated delivery, check with your doctor before getting your first postpartum massage.
The massage techniques used and the position in which you rest during the massage can improve the result of the massage. Be sure to talk to your doctor or medical provider before trying an abdominal massage at home or with a massage therapist. Some women prefer a lighter type of massage during the postpartum period, while others prefer deeper techniques, myofascial release or craniosacral therapy.