The postnatal period is a critical time for both mother and baby. It is a period for the mother to recuperate from the experience of childbirth and gain back her health. It serves as a wonderful time for the mother and baby to bond. However, this period can also be quite stressful and overwhelming for the mother since she has to take care of a vulnerable baby who requires her full attention as well as try to regain her health. The life of the baby depends heavily on the mother. The well-being of the mother is therefore important and she needs to be fully in charge of her health in order to execute her maternal duties with grace and without too much stress.
The essence of postnatal massage and confinement nanny services is to ensure that the mother gains strength, has a stable mind and a relaxed body to take care of the newborn and facilitate her recovery period. Enlisting the services of a professional and responsible nanny will go a long way in helping the mother spring back to good health. Coupled with an excellent massage, the mother will feel pampered and her body will be ready for the new roles of motherhood. Here are top benefits of postnatal massage and confinement services for a mother:
Facilitate the healing process
During delivery, the mother’s body may go through shock due to the process of childbirth. Taking a full-body massage stimulates blood flow to various parts of the body, thus facilitating recovery. During the postnatal period, some mothers may experience swelling of parts of the body such as the feet and even the arms as a result of water retention. The postnatal massage helps relax the body muscles and increase the flow of blood to all the parts of the body and increases lymphatic drainage thus eliminating fluids and waste products from the body.
After childbirth, the stress hormone cortisol may increase its levels due to the experience and anxiety a new mother may go through. If the hormone is not managed and brought down, the mother may swing into depression. A massage is an excellent way of reducing the stress hormone and creating a feeling of wellness. During the massage time, the new mum gets some ‘me time’ and focuses more on her well-being.
During the later stages of pregnancy, a woman may experience a pelvic shift and an increase in the lumbar curve due to increased weight. The result of the change is joint tenderness and muscle pain. As the mother begins to breastfeed, she may also suffer neck stiffness, back pains and shoulder tension. If the tensions and pains are not managed on time, they may result in chronic pains. A massage is an excellent way of relieving the pains and tensions, helping the mother enjoy a comfortable postnatal period.
Boosts milk production
A mother needs to be at her best during breastfeeding. Any stress or lack of well-being can lead to low milk production. Taking time for a cosy massage will stimulate the production of the prolactin hormone which is responsible for milk production in lactating mothers. The massage will also help ease chest pain, breast pain and also shoulder pain that affects the mother as she nurses the newborn.
Other confinement practices include:
These are prepared with lemon grass and selected leaves which are wrapped in a cloth and heated up. The practice is believed to help Singaporean mothers contract the womb and break down belly fat. The leaves can be combined with herbs for a more intense effect.
During the postnatal period, the mother needs good nutrition to promote good health and supply her body with essential nutrients. The right supplements and a balanced diet will promote faster healing and boost milk production.
The uterus and the abdomen area expand during the pregnancy to accommodate the growing foetus. After childbirth, the mother needs to take caution and ensure the tummy springs back to its original size and shape and also avoid sagging. One of the ways of helping the uterus get back to its original size is through tummy wraps. Wrapping the tummy immediately after birth will help you get a trimmer and more toned tummy. However, a mother should seek a go ahead from the gynaecologist if they underwent a C section before using a tummy wrap.
Combine these practices with your regular massage and enjoy the full benefits of motherhood. Seek the services of a professional masseuse for your massage and schedule them accordingly. You should remember to discuss the cost of the massage sessions and the period each session is likely to last before commencing.