nourishing the new mother
Postnatal, postpartum or the fourth trimester, is the first 12 weeks of your baby’s life and your new life as a mum. It’s the period in which your baby adjusts to life on the outside and you begin to recover from nine months of pregnancy, the physical trauma of labour whilst coming to terms with the reality (shock) that your life will never be the same again.
There are so many expectations for new mothers—to look good, to feel good, to have a baby who sleeps well, feeds well, settles well. We expect these things to happen overnight, with our frantic pace of life. When hormonal changes and sleep deprivation are added to this pressure, it’s no wonder so many new moms struggle in their first few months.
Despite being natural events, pregnancy and childbirth involve a lot of physical trauma!
In the third trimester, estrogen levels are at their highest and drop dramatically within 24 hours after birth. Your estrogen levels may remain low while breastfeeding and you may experience night sweats, hot flashes, anxiety, depression, fatigue, or insomnia. During the first few weeks, you may feel emotional and experience the newborn blues. This is mainly due to changes in your hormone levels. Feeling miserable, weepy, and grumpy for a few days after delivery is a common postpartum symptom. If your symptoms continue, speak to your midwife or GP as you may be suffering from Postnatal Depression.
A new mother’s feelings of loneliness, low energy, and being up and down are perfectly normal after childbirth. It’s a familiar experience to all of us. Getting that much-needed ‘rest’ is essential. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from family and friends. It could be to run the vacuum, make dinner, bring food parcels, change a baby’s nappy, or just to allow you a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Good nutrition is critical not only for body recovery after birth but also for hormonal equilibrium and nutritional replenishment. Maintaining your blood sugar levels during the postpartum period can improve your mood. When our levels become unstable, anxiety and depression are more likely to occur.
As you recover from childbirth, it’s important to look after yourself as well as your child. Book yourself in for regular postnatal treatments, such as massage and reflexology, as soon as possible after giving birth. The time is ideal for a feeding, a time for skin-to-skin contact, and some bonding time for you both. You can continue to bring your baby until you are ready to leave them and enjoy some “me time”.
Health Benefits Of Postnatal Massage & Reflexology
Research suggests that postpartum massage or reflexology benefits include emotional and mental health support, hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep and improved breastfeeding. Helping to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy condition, speeds healing and assists with C-section recovery.
- Provides deep relaxation.
- Relieves shoulders and neck pain from carrying and breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your baby.
- Encourages healing of body and mind.
- Supports healthy lactation
- Facilitates bonding between mama and baby.
- Helps to eliminate fluid retention.
- Toning of muscles and overstretched skin.
- Helps restore the uterus to its original pre-pregnancy
- Helps digestive problems and constipation
- Encourages the feel-good hormone, reducing stress and tension, which will also help to prevent postnatal depression and baby blues.
- Reduces anxiety
- Aiding recovery from a cesarean section.
- Relieves headaches.
- Relieves stiffness and soreness.
- Keeps the mother feeling balanced.
- Energy Boost
- Rebalancing the hormones, and regulating moods
- Helping the menstrual cycle return to normal.
"I started having massages half way through my pregnancy after I started to suffer with sciatica!! The massage helped with not only that but my anxiety, aches and pains and most importantly helped me relax for the upcoming birth! I only managed a few sessions pre birth, as my baby arrived early but I have continued to have massages since the birth and I honestly believe it has helped me recover, shift those post natal nerves/worries and generally helped me relax and stay balanced x I can not recommend this lovely lady enough! If you want to chat she is amazing at listening and advising but if you want to sleep her room is stupidly cosy ☺️" ~ Natasha Skinner
for postnatal recovery
This 60-minute specialised treatment combines a postnatal massage with reflexology to create an experience that is both nourishing and replenishing.
Providing you with emotional, physical and mental support, allowing you to reconnect with yourself, and your baby, in an oasis of calm. Aiding in reducing fatigue, improving circulation, releasing muscle memory from labor, and gently aiding in the healing process.
If you are not comfortable lying on your back after birth, post-birth, I will tailor and adapt your session so that it fits your needs.
"I saw Tania when I was pregnant and went back for post-natal reflexology yesterday. It was the most relaxing hour I have had in a long time. I was able to feed my baby daughter and both of us dozed through the treatment. It was totally blissful and I would recommend it to anyone.." ~ Clare Gendy
Reflexology can assist the reproductive system in returning to normal following the birth of a child. Prevent postnatal depression and anxiety. Boost energy levels due to the exhaustion of labour, baby care, and sleep interruptions. Aids with breast milk production, as mothers and babies tend to be calmer and more relaxed during treatment, which can enhance bonding and successful breastfeeding. It facilitates a more rapid flow of milk, improving feelings of general well-being.
According to research, reflexology helps to maintain or increase milk supply, enhance bonding and breastfeeding, and reduce the effects of postnatal depression.
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