Your bundle of joy has arrived and you are busy day and night adjusting to your new routine of changing diapers and feeding. Your baby is well cared for but what about you? Postnatal massage helps your body to get back to normal and ease away your body pains. A good massage improves your blood circulation, relieves tension in muscles and melts away stress. It’s important to know as much as possible about post pregnancy care for mothers.
When can new mothers start massages?
If you have had a normal delivery, you can start massage in 5 days. However, if you had caesarian, you need to let the wound heal first which may take 2 weeks time. You may confirm with your doctor in case of doubt.
Which oils can be used for the massage?
We are listing some oils for massage. You may choose any, based on its suitability for you and your baby as you will be holding your baby. Please do a patch test first to make sure that you or the baby is not allergic to the oil. Pick oil based on the weather condition in your area.
- Mustard Oil (sarson ka tel): It is probably the best postnatal massage oil as it is warm in nature and decreases joint pain. It is inexpensive and easily available. The only downside is that it is sticky and has a strong pungent smell.
- Sesame oil (til ka tel): This oil is great for relieving stress and blood pressure. It is believed to be cooling in nature so it is recommended for postnatal massage only in hot weather conditions.
- Coconut Oil (nariyal tel): This oil which is normally used for head massage is good for body massage as well. It has cooling and hydrating properties. It quickly absorbs into the skin and has a pleasant smell.
- Almond Oil (badam ka tel): This oil which is rich in vitamin E is believed to reduce stretch marks, inflammation and relax muscles. It is quickly absorbed into the skin and is a good skin moisturizer. Though it is expensive, it is slowly gaining popularity.
- Olive Oil (jaitoon ka tel): This oil is good as skin and hair conditioner. It is believed to relieve stiffness. It has a pleasant smell but is expensive.
- Ayurvedic/herbal oil: Ayurveda has a holistic approach to post partum care. Ayurvedic oils are medicated herbal oils to relieve muscle pain and relax joints. There are different types of oils available but you need to consult with an ayurvedic doctor to choose the right one.
Precautions to be followed during massage
- Do not use oil on your breast and nipples as you have to breastfeed and it may irritate the baby.
- If you have skin rashes or hernia, massage is not recommended.
- In case you have high blood pressure, soft massage is better than a hard one.
- Use your own massage oil and not the one being brought in by the massage lady whose services are traditionally availed for postnatal massage.
- Dilute the herbal oil first, concentrated ones can irritate skin.
So follow the basic dos and don’ts and enjoy your massage!!