I did it this time, with my first I didn't and had an episiotomy but didn't get cut this time. I've no idea if it helped or not but it wasn't that much of a grind to do everyday. I used the vitamin e oil capsules from boots. I must say, my midwife was better this time too which I think helped!!
A little bit, but if I ever have another I will be drinking my RLT from as early as I can. I drank it as recommended and my LO just shot out. I didn't even finish the 3rd set of pushes. My doc bullied me into episiotomy, so not sure if I would have torn or not. I did have a giant baby though.
I did, and found it helped loads with not minding the "ring of fire" bit. I only tore as he did a weird shimmy as his shoulders emerged, I didn't tear at all with his (larger than average) or the beginning of his shoulders. I would've been intact if he'd not wanted to dance his way out! I think the fact it was a waterbirth, the position I was in (kneeling leant forwards) and the perineal massage all helped, as did minimal pushing and lots of staying relaxed!
I didn't, it sounded like an uncomfortable faff to me I didn't tear either, think that was because I remembered to take it slowly as he crowned and I gave birth in water which helped. I'm not sure that it's that important, if you can breathe yourself through it.
I didn't, but I did take a bath every night from 34 weeks on (went into labor at 38+4) with capsules of EPO in there. It really helped moisturize my skin and made me all soft and helped soften my cervix. I did NOT tear or get scratched or anything.
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