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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 09:29 AM   1
Badswan
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Perineal massage... worth bothering?


My hypnobirth literature says I should be doing perineal massage... tbh I really can't be bothered!

I've already got no time (22 month old and work full time) and need to fit in listening to my hypno birth CD, doing prenatal yoga and doing excercises (rebozo sifting etc) to try and ensure best baby positioning (as advised by my IM as my previous was an emergency c-section due to position - trying for an HBAC this time).

It's just yet another thing to add to my schedule - does anyone think this is really super important or maybe you did it religiously and still tore?



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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 10:35 AM   2
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I don't think it's worth too much bother. I tried it a few times around 34 weeks (by no means religiously) and I didn't tear or even scrape. I definitely didn't do it enough or for the length of time suggested in the hypnobirthing book! I think position helped more than anything -- I had a water birth and delivered her in a crouching position.



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 16:57 PM   3
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i did it with all mine and tore every time, i didnt get stiched after the last one so theres not much there to massage really this time which im kinda thankful about it seems my babies just have large heads



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 18:10 PM   4
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I've been doing it (well, my husband) every night before bed for the last week and a half. I've noticed a big difference in how hard my husband can stretch and we've only been doing it for 5-10 mins a night. If anything though I've really gotten used to the sensation. The first few times I was really tense because it was a new and uncomfortable feeling but now it doesn't bother me and for that I'm glad I'm doing it. Obviously as a FTM I can't comment on whether I will tear or not but I do think being less tense when I feel that sensation will help me.



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 22:23 PM   5
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I did it with ds2 and had no tearing (tore with ds1). But I doubt I'll do it again this time, mainly because I'll likely forget.



 
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Old Jan 20th, 2013, 21:24 PM   6
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dang woman, I wish I was half the activist you are I'm barely able to keep up with my prenatal yoga and weekly jogs, but like you, I am just seriously busy most of the time. I was actually considering doing perineal massage as I am a very petite woman who's body likes to grow large babies for someone my size. I'm 5'2 and 120 pre pregnancy weight, and DD was born at 8lbs 6oz and 23 inches long. I had a very awful birth with DD that resulted in a 2nd degree episiotomy and forceps birth, something I'd like to avoid this time around, so I will be doing anything to try and avoid that. My cousin recommended using coconut oil. I just hope I find the time.

BTW, can I ask where you got your hypobirthing CD from? As that is something else I was interested in as well



 
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 00:32 AM   7
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We started it last night. I am NOT enjoying it so far, but am going to keep doing it. They say it increases the chance of keeping the perineum intact by about 10% (15% of women naturally give birth with an intact perineum without doing perineal massage, as opposed to 25% who give birth with an intact perineum after perineal massage.) To me, that 10% better chance is worth it.

Doing the (poorly named!) perineal massage gives me BHxs. Does anybody else get that? Or am I doing it wrong??



 
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 08:09 AM   8
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dang woman, I wish I was half the activist you are
BTW, can I ask where you got your hypobirthing CD from? As that is something else I was interested in as well
Ha ha - I hardly get ANYTHING done at all!!!! At the moment I'm not sleeping well so I just creep off to bed really early every night!!!

I got my HypnoBirth CD from the lady who I took the Hypno Birth course with last time - I did "Hypno Birth - The Mongan Method" and highly recommend it. This time the instructor just sent me a special VBAC CD as a favour.



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Old Jan 23rd, 2013, 02:38 AM   9
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I've done it both times, had episiotomy first time for forceps but tore second time after doing it too! I'll probably still do it again in a hope for a mirical but I'm thinking it'll do nothing!! I love your avatar pic by the way, cute. X



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 14:30 PM   10
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Dare I ask HOW you do it?



 
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