Post partum massage (PPM) is one of the key essentials that I included in my post delivery self-care. I don't know how well it really worked out for me previously, but I do cherish and appreciate that hour of "me-time" during the massage. As with most of the massage ladies (ML), the service is usually home based and ranges between $60-$80 per hour. Most of the packages include the body massage as well as a waist binding service. Some also offer a steaming service that is said to aide water retention removal. As with my previous experience, I don't do well with the binder because the binding is so tight (intentional, to try to reduce that stomach size) that it cuts off a lot of circulation, making my skin super itchy and my sleep was so disrupted because I was waking up often to scratch the itch, and in the process, even broke the skin at several spots. After 2 days of binding and suffering, I gave up and refuse to bind further, and the ML would have it easy.
The story wasn't dramatic to say the least but lest I become lazy and complacent as I did with Adriel's birth story (which I didn't blog but guess I would do so retrospectively), here's what happened with Faith. It was a Friday and I had finished my 37 + 4 days check up with Dr. Chen, my gynae based in Thomson Medical Center (TMC). Because I didn't have any major pains, contractions, etc, Dr. Chen decided I didn't need a vaginal examination (VE) for dilation but would do so the following week instead. Phew! I was relieved because I knew that doing a VE could trigger contractions so I was glad it didn't take place. I needed Faith to arrive in week 39 onwards because I procrastinated too much this time that I hadn't got her cot and a clothing cabinet. More importantly, she was also on the smaller side so I really wanted extra time to pad her up a wee bit more. Anyway, after the check up, I went for a pedicure to prettify the feet and then heade