~ Benefits of Postnatal Massage for the Mother (and oils to be used)!!

Who doesn’t like getting a massage?? No like really, I doubt there’ll ever be a person who wouldn’t like getting a message!! Massages are not only relaxing but have tremendous health benefits.

A postnatal massage is well known for relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief along with benefits of hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep and improved breastfeeding.

A postnatal massage is a full body massage that is given to the new mommy every day for upto 40 days after birth. And if you are willing, you could continue longer than the 40 days!!

Some of the benefits that I felt of my postnatal massages were as follows:

– Eased sore spots and relaxed muscle tension, particularly in my abdomen, lower back, upper back, hips and legs!!

– Increased the flow of blood and oxygen to my tired muscles in turn helping me get rid of the toxins.

– Helped with breastfeeding as the body releases oxytocin while / after a good session of massage. Make sure to get your boobs massaged to help with clogged ducts or overflow etc… Sorry for the TMI 🙂🙃

– Got an excuse to take a break from the busy new-mommy life and routine and just relax!! Massage encourages the body to release endorphins – which is a natural pain killer and feel good hormones secreted by the brain.

The oil used when getting massaged has a vital role to play in the recovery of the body and regaining of strength and hence I am sharing the details of the concoction my ‘maalish wali’ used.

You’ll need:

Usually any oil is good enough, but a mixture of the oils I’ve listed below works wonders, as all their healing properties come together for the best results!

– Olive Oil

Olive oil helps get a glow to the skin and make the complexion fair which helps in lightning stretch marks. It also is beneficial in healing dry, flaky scalp conditions such as dandruff when massaged onto the head. Scalp massages with olive oil promotes healthier, shinier and more manageable hair by moisturizing it.

– Sesame Oil

This is the traditional oil of choice for daily ayurvedic self-massage. It is rich in linoleic acid, and has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is very nourishing, and prevents the skin from getting excessively dry.

– Almond Oil

This is one of the most popular massage oils among massage therapists. Extracted from almonds and being slightly less oily than the others, it allows hands to glide easily over skin. Sweet almond oil is absorbed fairly quickly, hence does not leave the body greasy.

– Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Oil

I always add some Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Oil to my concoction, be it the Back Pain Relief one or just the Bela or Rose scented one. It has wonderful benefits to the skin and the body, but for me, it’s more like an addiction honestly. I am working on a detailed post on the Forest Essentials oils I am addicted to, so stay tuned for that.

If you have had a normal delivery, you are good to start your massage regime from whenever you are ready, but if you have had a C-section, make sure to consult your doctor before starting any kind of massage.

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~ Life with a Newborn / What I have learned in these 6 months as a New Mommy!!

**Long Post Alert**

As I write this post, it’s 2am and I am sitting with a bottle in my hand, hoping my baby girl, little Miss K finishes it so we can both go back to sleep. Ofcourse I went back to bed once she decided that she had drank how much ever she wanted to, and finished writing this post over multiple such night feeds.

The idea of this post came to me when a friend who is currently pregnant read my precious maternity / baby related posts and asked me to share my experiences with a new born.

My first thought was – what should I write and how should I approach it? Experience with a new born differs not only baby to baby, but also parents to parents, and also the same set of parents have a totally different experience with their other baby, it isn’t something that is standard across the board.

Then I thought I’d share my general experiences and let the reader decide whether or not some or any of it applies to them, so here goes!

– NO SLEEP for the 1st 2 months

– You’ll change more diapers than you care to count

– Breastfeeding or Formula: Really depends on your baby and the situation

– It’s all about the baby!! Shopping, home improvement, FaceTime with family, your routine, everything!!!!

– Sleep when the baby sleeps works only so much!

– Get your stuff done when the baby sleeps

– Laundry is a never ending chore, make friends with it

– White noise machine is your best friend

– And so is a Baby Monitor

– Involve your partner

– Don’t hesitate to ask for help

– You will lean over the crib to make sure your baby is ok and breathing just fine and that’s absolutely ok, you aren’t going cray cray

– You will miss your me time

– You will cry

– You will be overwhelmed

– You’ll be an emotional wreck right after delivery thanks to those hormones and this newly found over flowing love you have for your baby

– You will be over-protective like a Mama Bear

– You’ll fall even more in love with your partner

– Showers are over rated!! LOL!! No but really!

– You’ll make peace with weird schedules

– Don’t forget to make time for you and your partner

– You’ll read more product reviews than you care to admit

– Amazon will be your best friend and that Prime membership, totally worth it

– Friends with kids the same age as yours will be easier to hang out with

– Some of your friends will suddenly fall off the face of the earth

– Learn to say no to and recognize fake friends

– Do what’s best for your little family

– You’ll enjoy some alone time after a night feed and sometimes no matter how sleepy you are, you’ll want to chill for a little bit

– Social media will be your best friend and worst enemy too, all at the same time

– A clock in your bedroom is a must

– You’ll be paranoid about germs and how to shelter your child from any and all possible sickness

– You’ll have a new found respect for your mom

And lastly, but definitely not the least:

– Being a mommy will come to you naturally!!!

So on 19th February 2018, our little miss sunshine turned 6 months old and here are some pix of my 6 month old princess…

Hope this post was helpful and motivating for you new mommies. Until next time, ciao!