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September 28th, 2010, 05:59 AM
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I just started reading her book that everyone said was good. I'm only on page 50 (in the middle of the birth stories) but I have a question: (I'm sure this will be talked about in her book later but I am to curious to wait lol) In a couple of the birth stories the women mentioned using olive oil. What is this for? What does it do? When do you use it? Thanks
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September 28th, 2010, 06:57 AM
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olive oil can be used to help reduce the chance of a tear when massaged on the perineum. I know our midwives used it, they mentioned it at our orientation.
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it can be used for perineal massage
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September 28th, 2010, 08:33 AM
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Thanks! When do you apply it? Right before you push or before?
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September 28th, 2010, 08:51 AM
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Some people do it in the last few weeks of pregnancy to "prepare" their perineum or you can have your caregiver do it during the pushing stage to help stretch the perineum for birth.
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September 28th, 2010, 11:11 AM
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My midwife used moist warm towels as a compress between pushes, and while I was waiting to push. Then right before pushing, she massaged olive oil down there, and I only had a very slight tear. Didn't even need stitches. I really think this helps a lot! The combination of the warm compresses and the olive oil helps the tissues to be able to expand and stretch without tearing. It may also have helped that I took over an hour to push Emma out, and that she kept "turtling" (her head would come out a little, then go back in).
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September 28th, 2010, 11:35 AM
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DO you think my docotor will be like "what do you think you are doing" if I have DH do compresses and olive oil? I think I might talk to her about it. I feel like she is going to just say there are so many different things that can happen with a twin birth don't worry about stuff like that. I hope I am wrong but I don't know!
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You can also use it to massage your thighs during transition (well, your support people can massage your thighs) and in lieu of the nasty goop they use for vaginal exams.
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September 28th, 2010, 10:48 PM
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DO you think my docotor will be like "what do you think you are doing" if I have DH do compresses and olive oil? I think I might talk to her about it. I feel like she is going to just say there are so many different things that can happen with a twin birth don't worry about stuff like that. I hope I am wrong but I don't know!
I would talk to her about it. You might be surprised - she might already be familiar with the practice. My OB does compresses and massage routinely for all vaginal births because they do not do routine episiotomies. I was VERY happy to hear this!
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September 29th, 2010, 05:50 AM
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I would talk to her about it. You might be surprised - she might already be familiar with the practice. My OB does compresses and massage routinely for all vaginal births because they do not do routine episiotomies. I was VERY happy to hear this!
Oh good! I see my doc on Monday so I will bring it up to her!
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September 29th, 2010, 08:12 AM
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It can be used a few weeks prior, twice a day, to help loosen it up. You should also use it during the pushing phase to help with not tearing. I used a perimassage oil starting at 35 weeks. Liev was born at 39 weeks and my DH used almond oil and kept it held against my perineum. I didn't tear.
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