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Old Jan 25th, 2017, 16:56 PM   21
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Just a thought - have you considered doing any perineal massage? It can really help elasticise the skin down there and might possibly help soften the scar tissue as well. You can either do it yourself or use an epi-no



 
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Old Jan 25th, 2017, 23:19 PM   22
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I'm shocked with how many episiotomies everyone has had! I tore a little with my first, and the doctor even said episiotomies are rare now. And forcepts are almost unheard of.

Can you request they not cut you?



 
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Old Jan 26th, 2017, 12:17 PM   23
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I'm shocked with how many episiotomies everyone has had! I tore a little with my first, and the doctor even said episiotomies are rare now. And forcepts are almost unheard of.

Can you request they not cut you?

Me too! I thought they were practically unheard of. I've been following my midwife's group's statistics and they have had none in the year or so I've looked back.



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2017, 09:26 AM   24
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I have never had any tears or been cut x



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2017, 09:13 AM   25
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I'm shocked with how many episiotomies everyone has had! I tore a little with my first, and the doctor even said episiotomies are rare now. And forcepts are almost unheard of.

Can you request they not cut you?
I didn't request the first time because I also had the impression it was rare and I didn't think it was a concern. This time I'll definitely have a birth plan that explicitly states that I ONLY want an episiotomy if it's 100%, undeniably necessary. I also hope to have people in the room with me, like my mom, who can speak up about it.

I was told they're rare but I've met so many women who've had them that it makes me wonder?



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2017, 13:44 PM   26
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They aren't rare in the usa unfortunately. Maybe less common than they used to be and there are OBs who know better and don't do them but sadly there are still way to many who do it as routine.



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2017, 20:54 PM   27
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Just a thought - have you considered doing any perineal massage? It can really help elasticise the skin down there and might possibly help soften the scar tissue as well. You can either do it yourself or use an epi-no
I am hoping to do perineal massage when I'm further along and also trying to focus on yoga/exercise that targets the pelvic floor! I'd love an epi-no but they aren't available here in the US yet, unfortunately.



 
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Old Feb 5th, 2017, 04:08 AM   28
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2nd degree tear with first baby
2nd and 3rd babies - no tear or cut. X



 
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Old Feb 6th, 2017, 13:37 PM   29
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1st baby: episiotomy
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3rd baby: graze/minor 1st degree that required no stitiches

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