Post natal massage - Is it necessary?

Jes 44 Comments

It's common nowadays to hire a massage lady to soothe your physical pain after labour. For natural birth, the massage starts 2 or 3 days after and for caesarian, 1 to 2 weeks after labour.
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The massage lady is usually a Malay, doing freelance work and travels to your house. For those tied to the massage agency, you will need to pay for their taxi fares too. Cost is typically $50 to $75 per session and you can choose 5, 7, 10 or even more sessions. You would need to be naked with only your disposable underwear and provide a space in your house for the massage.

I chose the 10 sessions to last for 2 weeks and it cost $550 for a freelance massage lady. To be honest, 5 sessions are enough to alleviate the pains and the more experienced ones will help to shift the womb back so it does not push against your bladder. I am not kidding, it really helps when you find that you do not have to pee so often.

They do provide a wrap to tie up the belly to shrink the womb and flatten your tummy. It is like a corset and you tie it up like shoelaces. They will also apply a warm ginger cream to detox and speed up healing. The massage lady will recommend that you wrap your belly for the whole day but I always showered 2 hours after the massage. As to how effective the wrap is, I cannot confirm them. I believe that perhaps the wrap does play a part to flatten the tummy faster but sooner or later, my tummy will recover based on genetics and not become flatter due to the wrap.

I have friends who swear by it, believing that the longer you wrap yourself, the faster your belly will recover. They used the wrap for the whole month. I have friends who did not try it at all yet their tummy is flatter than anyone else. If you believe it works, then just do it.
I think the shoelaces type might provide more tightness
I like having an hour each day during confinement to just relax and enjoy the massage. It helped with my back ache and wrist pain because I have been using the different muscles to carry my newborn. They will also massage your breast to unclog the blocked ducts and regain the supply.

If I can choose again, I would just go with 5 sessions. The massage always leaves me oily and sweaty and it will be hard to breastfeed right after but I always find the sessions calm and soothing amidst the confinement chaos.

Post natal massage, it's not necessary but definitely good to have.

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44 comments:

  1. I think this depends on individual. I removed the wrap within 30 mins after the lady did it on me because it was so sticky, itchy and uncomfortable. I actually enjoyed the massage more.

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    1. Hi Kate,

      Yeah I agree the massage was the best part. I also have some friends telling me the wrap was very uncomfortable and itchy. It didn't itch for me and I thought it would make me slimmer faster so I left it on. Not sure how effective it was. Thanks for dropping by! :)

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  2. Hi jes,

    My wife went for the 5 sessions. Again the experience is good for the massage but the wrapping part is doubtful. She did her best to wear it for at least 8 hrs for the day though. Didn't opt for more because she didn't think it was that useful. Like u said, good to have but not essential.

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    1. Hi LP,

      Thanks for reading my pregnancy posts! Woah, she really persevered and wore for 8 hours. I am sure her effort paid off and she has regained her figure ;) Enjoy fatherhood, it's an incredible journey!

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  3. Hey there! Do you mind providing me contact details of the massage lady you had? :) My email is soniakittengoh@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you! Thanks in advance :D

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    1. Hi there,

      I have sent you her contact details, all the best! :)

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  4. Hi there. Can i also have her cntact details? My email is ksoo0421@gmail.com
    I hope hear from you. Thanks!

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    1. Hi there,

      I have replied you, have a smooth delivery!

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  5. Hi, i'm a ftm and my edd is next month and i would like to have the massage lady's contact as well. Thanks in advance!

    my email: tiffy@singnet.com.sg

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    1. Hi there,

      I have sent you the contact. Congrats! :)

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  6. Hi! Can I have her contact too pls. Does she do breast massage to help with clogged milk ducts? My Email is allthingsfey@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Fey,

      Yes she does do breast massage, very effective to clear milk ducts. I have already sent you her contact :)

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  7. Thank you for sharing your experience. May I have the contact as well? My email is imhannahsamuel@gmail.com Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi Eve,

      No problem, I am glad to share. I have emailed you as well, enjoy your pregnancy!

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  8. Hi Jes,may I have the contact of the massage lady?i just gave birth last week...thanks in advance :)
    My email: sarah25@ymail.com

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      I have already sent you the contact. Congrats and enjoy your confinement! :)

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  9. Hi Jes,may I have the contact of the massage lady? My email: novi_law@hotmail.com

    Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Novi,

      I have already emailed you. Congrats!

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  10. Hi, may I please have your masseur'so contact? Thank you! My email is wan_jasmine@yahoo.com :)

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    1. Hi Jasmine,

      Sent and congrats! :)

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  11. Hello there,

    May I have the contact of masseur lady? Appreciate if you can send to my email: pinktooth_arch@yahoo.com. Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi there,

      Check your mailbox, it's done!

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  12. Hi there,
    May I have the contact of the massage lady? Appreciate if you can send to my email: sookping123@hotmail.com. Many thanks! =)

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    1. Hi Sook Ping,

      Sent, hope you have received it! :)

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  13. Hello, may I please have the contact of the massage lady? Appreciate it if you could send it to me email: sitojiahuei@gmail.com. Much thanks! :D

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    1. Hi Jiahuei,

      All done, all the best! :)

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  14. Hi Jes! I am interested too. Appreciate if u could email the massage lady contact to my email at pearlyn_8@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Pearlyn,

      Hope you have received it! :)

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  15. Hi jes,

    Some feel itchy becoz of the herbs used before the wrap. I think its the ginger. Do you mind sharing the contact details of the massage lady. Do send to filazzura@hotmil.com

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    1. Hi Aurora,

      Oh, I don't think this auntie used any herbs, just a ginger based lotion so you might be right about the ginger. Sent, hope you have received it! :)

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  16. Hi jes,

    May i please have the contact of your massage lady as well? my email is monkeydecinue@gmail.com

    Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi Monkey,

      Sent! Don't forget to follow me on Facebook for more posts on family issues :)

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  17. Hi jes,

    May i please have the contact of your massage lady? my email is jay_chew2004@yahoo.com

    Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi there,

      Done and take care!

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  18. Hi Jes,
    May I have the contact too? My email is bunny37@sina.com
    THANK YOU!!

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  19. Hi Jes,
    May I please have the contact as well? My email is adetan93@gmail.com

    Many thanks!

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    1. Hi there,

      Sure, congrats and enjoy the massage!

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  20. Hi Jes, thank you for sharing. May I have the contact as well? My email is chinshuhan@gmail.com
    Thanks lots!

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    1. Hi Shuhan,

      Sorry, missed out on sending you the contact. Hope you have received it!

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  21. Hi Jes, thanks for sharing. Can I have the contact too? My email is yiwenling90@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Yiwen,

      No problem, it's good to share. I hope the auntie will be available for you :)

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  22. hi, can I have the contact too? my email is blurygem@yahoo.com.sg

    thanks

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    1. Hi there,

      Sure, sharing is caring. All the best!

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