Perineum Massage

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  1. chelsnblake

    chelsnblake Well-Known Member

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    Hi ladies!
    I read up on perineum massage a few days ago and am wondering if anyone is doing this and or has tried it with previous pregnancies. It sounds uncomfortable and awkward but hey anything to make delivery easier! What is everyone's thoughts on this?
     
  2. Dubibump

    Dubibump 2nd Trimester

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    I've read the same when I was researching the EPI-NO, which I might buy. I reckon I might try and do the massage, better than having to have an episiotomy!
     
  3. oboeverity

    oboeverity Mummy to Ted and Willem

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    There no evidence that perineal massage actually prevents tearing or episiotomy xx
     
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    Creative Well-Known Member

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    I really think it comes down to the luck of the draw. some people tear or require an episiotomy and some people dont. I've been lucky to have three children so far and still have an intact perineum. I don't believe that massage or stretching it will actually cause it to get baggier, stretchier etc. The skin is designed to pull back into shape. think of the pressure it comes under during sex and yet we don't all go around with baggier perineums just because we've had sex!
     
  5. emmalg

    emmalg Well-Known Member

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    Actually, my gynae in Spain sends her patients to a physio who specialises in it. To apply the pressure in the correct place and release the knots in the muscle in more than just the vulva it has to be done by someone else. The perineum is a set of huge muscles which go in deep between the anus and vagina, it isn't just the bit of skin between the vagina and anal sphincter.

    The physio taught DH how to do it too, though she was much better, but to do it properly involves the person doing it to:

    1) Lube!
    2) Insert first one, then after a few goes two fingers up to about the second knuckle facing your bottom.
    3) Then they move from one side of the vaginal wall, along the back of it and up the other, applying pressure - hard pressure - and looking for lumps.
    4) Press hard on the lumps (this should hurt a bit) with the finger tip for 30-60s until the knot releases a bit (the pain then goes too) and move along to the next point.
    5) Repeat with fingers slightly further out.

    Before going to the physio I tried myself and it is physically impossible.

    I did not have the best birth experience as daughter was born tangled in her cord with her arm against her head and it was only due to several weeks of this preparation that my perineum was elastic enough to cope with what the midwife had to do to get her out - she actually said my perineum was amazing - I felt quite proud! ;)

    There is a lot of medical evidence to show it works when done properly, after all, like any muscle in your body it becomes stiffer and stiffer with age - I can't still do the splits like I could as a kid!

    Here is just one extract from the British medical journal in support.
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-0528.1997.tb12021.x/abstract

    I don't have to do it for a second child since the first birth typically leaves it stretchy enough.
     
  6. Suzy_Q

    Suzy_Q Mom to Stroke Survivor

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    Kudos to your DH for being so supportive! I don't think my OH would ever do that, no matter how I tried to sell the idea on him :haha:
     
  7. emmalg

    emmalg Well-Known Member

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    I was quite surprised, I admit but he didn't seem to mind at all!! :)
     
  8. Dubibump

    Dubibump 2nd Trimester

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    I think my other would jump at any chance to mess around down there! Ha.

    That's great info! I'm going to look into this further for sure. Thanks so much!
     
  9. emmalg

    emmalg Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking about the epi-no too before I found out I wouldn't need the massage this time around. From what I read I think it is the next best thing to having someone else do it but not having tried it I can't compare if it feels like ti is doing the same thing.
     
  10. Bluewings

    Bluewings Blessed Twice

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    OMG that sounds painful! LOL.
     

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