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Is it safe to have a body massage after a c-section?

I am Indian and in our tradition it is very important for a new mother to go for a body massage 3 months after a delivery. Would you recommend the same as a doctor? I am due for a c-section, would it be safe for me to go in for a massage after my delivery?

14 Answers

Yes, massage is safe if done correctly by a professional.
I would say it is safe to get a massage three months after your delivery. Please enjoy your peace and quiet away from everything even if it’s just for an hour or two. If you are breastfeeding make sure you pump before you go. You don’t want to get too engorged on the table and start having breast pain.
If you are timing your massage three months after your c-section, I can see no reason why you should not do this. In fact, I think it’s a wonderful idea.
Dr. Carlson
It is safe to do massage after delivery, especially if it will be 3 months after the surgery. By that time, you will be completely healed.
Hi, it is absolutely ok for you to have a massage 3 months post delivery
Yes you can have. No problem
Good Afternoon,

That sounds like a wonderful tradition! Go and enjoy it. As a physician, I do not have any hesitation in allowing you to go for the massage.

Have a great day.

Richard T. Burke, MD
That is a good thing, but just remember you do not have to. It does not make a big difference, there are lots of people who do not get massages after a c-section, but if it makes you feel better, you should have it.
Yes that would be safe as long as it is at least 6 weeks after
You are safe to get a body massage as soon as your c/section scar is healed. At 3 months after delivery your uterus is definitely back to normal size and life will return to normal except for breastfeeding, diaper changing and sleepless nights.....
Congratulations on your pregnancy and please enjoy motherhood!
I have no concerns about getting a massage 3 months after a cesarean. I am interested about this tradition, why is it recommended?
I think all new mothers would benefit!

Dr N
Assuming that the surgery and post-operative course were uncomplicated, this should not be a problem. In the average healthy woman of reproductive age, assuming that there were no peri-operative complications, we expect that she will have healed by 6 weeks after her cesarean section.
There should be no problem going for a massage 3 months after a c-section. Activity restrictions are usually for 6 weeks.