When should I start massaging my uterus?
Massaging your uterus is a safe and natural way to help improve fertility, reduce menstrual cramps, expel retained placental tissue after delivery, and reduce postpartum hemorrhaging. It is important to know when the right time to start massaging your uterus is, however, as timing largely depends on your body's specific physical and hormonal state.
For many who are trying to conceive, you are likely to benefit most from performing a uterine massage during the period of pre-ovulation and ovulation, when conditions are ideal for insemination. It is also important to avoid uterine massage if you are pregnant, or suspect that you might be, especially during the first trimester. During menstrual days, it is recommended that you instead concentrate on lighter abdominal massages.
For those who are post-birth, massages may occur every 15 minutes or so for the first two to three hours after birth for the purpose of helping the uterus contract down. It is also important to create a medication plan well in advance of your due date in conjunction with your birthing professional.
If you are in the process of recovering from a cesarean section, be sure to talk to your doctor or medical provider before attempting any abdominal massage, as this is typically not recommended for at least six weeks after the surgery. If you have had a vaginal birth, you can start massaging yourself as soon as you feel ready.
It is also important to time your contractions if you are looking to induce labour or labor. Make sure to report the information to your healthcare team as soon as they start. Your contractions are likely to be around 5 to 20 minutes apart in the early stages.
As a reminder, it is best to have a massage session when trying to conceive just before intercourse as it will increase the blood flow to the uterus and reproductive system. For those who are post-birth, most healthcare providers recommend waiting at least six weeks before having a body massage after a cesarean. For women experiencing (heavy) pains during their period, there can also be certain benefits to having a massage.
Overall, it is important to make sure you are in good health before considering massaging your uterus. Make sure to communicate the information with your healthcare team and create a plan that best suits you and your body. With the right timing, your uterus can benefit greatly.