Delivering a baby is hard work! Labor can last many hours especially if it is a first baby. This leaves a new mother exhausted. On top of that, if she chooses to nurse her baby, it will be even more taxing on her, especially if she does not have anyone to help her with the baby and other house chores.
The confinement period is the time for her to rest and for her body to recover. However with baby’s demands, the time to rest and relax is curtailed. If she has to resume working, she will also feel more stressed with the added pressure of needing to lose weight.
One method of de-stressing is post-natal massage. Those of you who have had massages before will know the therapeutic benefits.
Post-natal massage will relax her tense muscles and provide relief for her stress. Her body aches can be massaged away and relieved. Fluid retention is reduced and her uterus returns to its original size. It can also reduce cellulite and helps tone her body.
After the massage, it is most helpful to wear a corset that will compress her tummy. This will help to shrink and flatten it. In South East Asia this is a common practice. The post-natal massage therapist will massage the new mother’s tummy, after which she will bind it with a long wrap of several meters.
This practice shrinks the tummy and pushes the uterus back into position, clears the system of wind and water retention and helps the new mother to lose weight. In fact after the confinement period, the new mother emerges with a slim figure and flat tummy, the way she was before her pregnancy!
However, mothers who delivered their babies through C-section will need to confirm with their doctor first before opting for a post-natal massage.