Whether you planned for it or not, a cesarean section delivery is a rather abrupt end to the long and gradual process of evolution that we call pregnancy. Change and growth affect every aspect of your life while you are pregnant. Despite this, everything changes again after delivery, and to top it all off, you just underwent abdominal surgery.
First of all, remember you are not alone. According to the most recent report by Perinatal Services BC (2016/2017), 30.2% of all deliveries in the Island Health region occurred by cesarean section.
Second, trust that physical, mental, and emotional healing are within your reach. Please be patient and compassionate with yourself.
Third, ask for the help that you need.
As you heal from surgery, one person you may ask for help from is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). Treatment is possible as soon as you feel ready, and will be specific to your current stage of recovery. Massage therapy can help with common consequences of surgery, such as swelling in your legs and feet, or with common consequences of infant care, such as postural discomfort in your chest, neck, and shoulders.
Massage therapy may also help with movement limitations or pain associated with your cesarean section scar. If you are considering treatment for your scar, it begins to be possible about six weeks after surgery or six weeks after any complications (like infection) have fully resolved.
You are welcome to send me any questions by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can book your appointment at Mothering Touch online or by phone at (250) 595-4905.
Roxoliana Prus RMT