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..Penelope.. November 29th, 2009 12:54 PM

Perineal massage
Perineal Massage - Childbirth.org

Reading the step by step instructions on how to do it actually made me feel dizzy and sick to my stomach :lol:

Of course, tearing or needing an episiotomy makes me feel even worse!

Is anyone planning on doing this? Why or why not?

Number3ontheway November 29th, 2009 01:00 PM

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Honestly I had an episiotomy with both my previous births and it isn't that bad. I was already numb from the epidural so it was fine. The recovery isn't awful but not comfortable either buthaving your little one at home will make healing from it all worth it. I think the massage kinda sounds gross and also makes me a little woozy to think about it lol. To each her own I guess

sandpaper06 November 29th, 2009 01:07 PM

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I believe that it can definitely help you not tear during delivery. I ended up tearing a little with my under 4 pound baby since he hadn't dropped to help stretch anything. But actually doing the massage isn't going to happen. I'll trust my doctor to help me decide if I need an episiotomy, and if not, I'll survive.

(I had to stop reading the instructions, since I'm woozy anyway.)

Amanda C November 29th, 2009 01:21 PM

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I won't bother with it. With my first I had a fourth degree episiotomy and a second degree with my second. I will say the fourth degree was horrid but my OB said if it comes to that again I will have a C Section instead.

The second degree wasn't bad at all and they had to numb me first b/c I feel the stitches going in and it still wasn't horrible.

QueenCrafty November 29th, 2009 02:00 PM

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I didn't do this with Lily and had quite a bit of tearing. They actually ran out of the stitching line and had to go get more to finish sewing me up! :lol: I'd rather tear than get an episiotomy though. I may see if I can get DH to help out with the perineal massage. It's certainly worth a try!

frgsonmysox November 29th, 2009 02:13 PM

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I didn't do this with my first and had a third degree episiotomy. After that the scarring really prevents it from being effective in subsequent pregnancies.

..Penelope.. November 29th, 2009 02:39 PM

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Yikes! :o

MrsW1215 November 29th, 2009 03:34 PM

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I to have been reading about this since an episiotomy is like my worst fear lol. The massage sounds kinda scary to me to though ... im a big baby.

Max n Meghan's Mom November 29th, 2009 03:39 PM

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I didn't with my first. He was 7 lb 10 oz and I had just minor tearing. The OB did a few stitches (I don't know how many I was holding my baby boy!!!) but she automatically numbed me first. I didn't really feel anything except for the needles to numb. It wasn't pleasant, but wasn't horrible either, especially after having a natural child birth. Plus they give you some wonderful ice packs (even if you don't tear) and some numbing cream to use there as well as take home.

amazing_love November 29th, 2009 04:10 PM

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I've been wondering about this recently. I'm not sure whether i'll do it or not. I may decide to try it and see how it goes but it sure does sound unpleasant! I think i'll ask my doctor sometime to see what her opinion is on this.

mylene169 November 29th, 2009 06:11 PM

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I didn't do it with DD and I think I got 2 stitches? I didn't tear though that I know of... It was kind of weird, we asked my Dr. when he came in to check on me the next day and he wouldn't really tell us. But I know I got a few stitches because I felt them. It must not have been that horrible. I may do it this time, I think I did it twice with DD but not faithfully or anything. It was weird and honestly a little painful, but it may have helped!

lilflower November 29th, 2009 07:14 PM

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I will be doing it. I needed 12 stitches with my DD, because I do not agree with episiotomies because healing from tears is supposedly easier and the scarring isn't worth less pain to me. If you can get your partner to help it will go easier. I do think starting early is best. And kegels of course help the MOST. My midwife with Noah's pregnancy had me start weekly perineal massages at 22 weeks.

CuteName November 29th, 2009 07:26 PM

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I've never tried it. I didn't have any issues with my first, but my 2nd I tore a little bit and it was miserable! My husband says he'll make sure I'm good and stretched out by then...lol...he's such a good helper.

lilflower November 29th, 2009 07:32 PM

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Originally Posted by CuteName (Post 18125361)
I've never tried it. I didn't have any issues with my first, but my 2nd I tore a little bit and it was miserable! My husband says he'll make sure I'm good and stretched out by then...lol...he's such a good helper.

:lol: Lucky you!

Twhylite21 November 29th, 2009 10:47 PM

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A lot of doctors are moving away from episiotomies and just letting women tear naturally since tearing is usually way less severe.

With Lily I had a small tear that required 3 stitches. I didn't even feel it and I had a completely natural childbirth. You naturally will go numb down there as the baby comes out. The L&D nurse was massaging me as Lily was born, but that is protocol at the hospital I delivered at. I did not do any perineal massage prior to delivery.

From what I have read/researched the position you push in, how relaxed you are when you push, and doing Kegels are more important in lessening the chance of tearing than perineal massage is.

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