OB-GYN (Obstetrician-Gynecologist) Questions OB-GYN

Should I massage my belly after birth?

I had a delivery 2 days ago. I want to know if I should massage my belly after birth?

3 Answers

Massaging your belly after childbirth can be beneficial, but it's important to proceed with care. Gentle abdominal massage can help your uterus shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size and can also aid in relieving gas and constipation. However, it's crucial to use light pressure and avoid the incision area if you had a C-section. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any postpartum abdominal massage, especially to ensure it's safe for your specific situation and to get guidance on proper techniques.
Typically, postpartum massage is recommended within the first 12 weeks following delivery.

Having someone, like a trained therapist, do it (after getting your OB-GYN doctor to bless it--is highly recommended. Do not do it alone.

You should follow your obstetrician's advice.