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View Poll Results: perineal massage ~ did you do it? Did you tear?
yes I did it and I didn't tear 3 8.82%
yes I did it and I tore 5 14.71%
no I did not do it and I didn't tear 5 14.71%
no I did not do it and I tore 6 17.65%
I had an episiotomy and still tore 1 2.94%
I had an episiotomy and didn't tear 4 11.76%
I did both episiotomy and perineal massage 2 5.88%
other 8 23.53%
Voters: 34. You may not vote on this poll

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  #1  
April 27th, 2007, 07:31 AM
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I hope I covered the bases! Last night I was curious how many women tried Perineal Massage for the weeks leading up. Is it a waste of time in your opinion?
(TMI: Dh and I have begun doing this but we call it U-boating.)

(I voted other since I haven't had a baby and want to see the results.)
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April 27th, 2007, 07:38 AM
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I voted other. I didn't do it and I tore, but because of my circumstances, I don't think it would have helped. I can never know for certain though.
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April 27th, 2007, 07:41 AM
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I also said other cause all three of my kids it was different.

Julia, I didnt do massage, and got an episiotomy.

Chloe I did massage almost every day for the last 2 months, just like they say to, but I wasnt all the way dialated, and she was moving so fast I pushed TO hard, and I had a TERRIBLE tear. a 2nd degree in the upper left side and a huge rip just a shade shy of ripping to my anus. I had 2 BAD tears with her, didnt help worth crap!

Cade I did a little bit of massage, but not much. Not regular and I only got a "skid mark" as its called. Pulled skin but not an official tear.

I think I tore so bad mostly cause of the doc with Chloe. She was my only bad experience with a doc during labor and delivery.
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April 27th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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I did perineal massage, my doctor even did during my labor and pushing. I ended up getting an episiotomy anyways.
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April 27th, 2007, 08:00 AM
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I didn't do perineal massage.
And I did tear. But maybe that was due to the vacuum delivery. I don't know.
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April 27th, 2007, 08:27 AM
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DH and I did perenial massage, but I ended up with an episiotomy b/c there was meconum in my water (didn't break til the *very* end of the pushing stage lol) and they needed to get her out FAST.
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April 27th, 2007, 08:27 AM
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I voted "Other"

Although, I did push for 3 straight hours, I had a c-section in the end for medical reasons.

I did not have a perineal massage, didn't tear, etc. I was just cut clear across my lower abdomen
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April 27th, 2007, 08:39 AM
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Never did it, and never tore. I did warm compresses a few times while baby was crowning, I've had a few waterbirths, and just patience during delivery.
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April 27th, 2007, 11:05 AM
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I didn't do it before labor, but my Dr did it during labor and I tore, but it wasn't very much. I think I only had 2 stitches, so it was a very minimal tear. My Dr's awesome with that kind of stuff and very careful not to tear the mom. I did push for 2 hours, so it probably helped to slowly push.
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April 27th, 2007, 11:35 AM
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I never did it during my pregnancy so I put "other" However when I was about to push the nurse sorta did it while stretching it. I never tore. I had superficial wounds that they stitched up even though they said they didnt really have too. otherwise that is all I did.
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April 27th, 2007, 11:42 AM
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Unless you are in a good birthing position, perineal massage won't really do too much for you. If you do the massage but are laying on your back while pushing, there is still a great chance of tearing.

Ideally, being upright and pushing to utilize the full space of the birth canal WHILE having done perineal massage is best.
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April 27th, 2007, 11:43 AM
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I didn't do it ... I ended up having an episiotomy because he got stuck (my son's head circumference started in the 75th percentile and has only gotten bigger, heh) ... at least I guess it's because he got stuck, my doctor swooped in and cut me from stem to stern without even saying hello. (Loooong story on this guy.)

I have a friend who did it before and during labor and did not tear... I wish I had done it just to see if anything had been different. I expect problems again next time because the doc stitched me up further than he'd cut me
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April 27th, 2007, 11:46 AM
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I think (it's been so long ago lol) I did a bit of massage when I was pregnant with DD 6 years ago. It didn't matter anyway, because my doctor said he did episiotomies as a rule whether you needed them or not. He was a great doctor in every other area but that lol. With DS, I had another doctor and he said he as a rule he does not do episiotomies unless are getting ready to tear (he can stitch a cut up better then a jagged tear). He did perennial massage on me while I was laboring but when I started pushing he said I was getting ready to tear, so he gave me an episiotomy. I've heard it works for some, but I think it depends on the size of the babies head, how fast you push, etc.
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April 27th, 2007, 11:53 AM
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With Anthony I didn't and I had an episiotomy. I had one though because I'm shaped abnormally (according to three different doctors in three different states). With Anastasia I did the massage, I still had an episiotomy (a small one) and a small tear in my urethra.
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April 27th, 2007, 02:22 PM
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I never did perineal massage... four hospital births resulted in episiotomy (once with additional tearing in three directions... ouch!). Two subsequent homebirths I had no tearing at all.
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April 27th, 2007, 02:31 PM
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Never done it and I didn't tear. Not even with my ventouse delivery. Guess I am stretchy? :/
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April 27th, 2007, 02:35 PM
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This is a Mom with three kids and the middle was a vaginal birth. It was one push and he was out and I tore from hole to hole .....

But I never felt a thing and it did not affect me afterwards. I was just so excited not to be doing a C-Section I got carried away.
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