Lymphatic Massage After Cesarean
Updated: Apr 20, 2022
When you bring your little one into the world, all you can think about is taking care of them and providing them the best start in life. But the reality is that you need care, too, especially if you delivered via belly. Your body will continue healing from the surgery for several weeks and needs special care and attention so you can feel your best to take care of your newborn.
We have created a massage specifically for those who had a Belly Birth. At the heart of this treatment is lymphatic massage. Massage may be the furthest thing from your mind after delivering your baby, but here’s why massage is such a critical part of your post-partum care:
What is a Lymphatic Massage?
A lymphatic massage focuses on your lymphatic system. These channels send lymph through your body to help it fight infection and get rid of waste, toxins, and excess fluids. This happens naturally, but when your body undergoes stress, such as a Cesarean birth, the lymph system can slow down.
Lymphatic massage helps get things moving again. This massage technique uses gentle pressure and long, smooth strokes to stimulate the lymphatic system. It encourages drainage and helps nutrients and oxygen flow to where they’re most needed.
It helps detox the body from the medications you received during the C-section or other unnatural chemicals that may impact healing. It can also help to reduce swelling due to excess fluids, which can ease pain related to bloating and restore your comfort. Many pregnant women experience fluid retention during pregnancy, especially in the hands and feet. As you heal from your pregnancy, your body will naturally drain out excess fluids, but a lymphatic massage may help to speed up the process safely.
When to Have a Lymphatic Massage After a Belly Birth
While getting a massage post-c-section might be the furthest thing from your mind, it should actually be one of the first things you do after delivery. Many women are choosing to get lymphatic drainage as soon as their babies are born. Massage can help alleviate pain, which tends to be at its highest point shortly after your baby arrives.
Anyone can enjoy benefits from lymphatic drainage, but the perks for C-section births are hard to ignore:
● Reduces inflammation
● Improves energy levels
● Increases healing
● Helps tired, swollen pregnancy feet and hands
● Helps with stress relief
● Speeds recovery
● Promotes lactation
While it’s beneficial to get a lymphatic massage as soon after delivery as possible, the benefits are still achievable even a few months later.
Scheduling Your Cesarean Birth Massage
We recommend booking your lymphatic massage within a few days post-birth. Our facility is wheelchair accessible and accommodating to new recovering moms. Contact our team today to schedule your post-Cesarean lymphatic massage and let us put your new-mom body and mind at ease!