Even the very best doctor can’t give you guarantees that you aren’t going to experience some degree of tearing during childbirth. But there are a number of things you can do to minimize the risk of perineal tears and their severity.
If you are pregnant, you might have quite a few questions about perineal massage. We hope the following answers help.
During labor, perineal massage is usually done by the midwife. After inserting two fingers into the vagina, the midwife will press downwards towards the rectum and move the fingers side to side at the same time.The effectiveness of perineal massage while the mother is in active labor has also been established in many studies.
You can do perineal massage on yourself, or you can have your partner do the massage for you. Whichever way you prefer, perineal massage is performed by using the thumbs and fingers to massage and stretch the perineum.
Making use of a variety of commercially available essential oils or plant oils during the last weeks of pregnancy, you can work on stretching the perineum at home and making it more flexible. This flexibility allows for more stretch of the perineum during childbirth.
The NHS offers woman in the United Kingdom information about pregnancy and labour. Some NHS Trusts have created short guides to educate woman about preparing for childbirth and perineal massage. Below is a list of such resources that were prepared by various NHS Trusts.
The guides include information about preparing for childbirth, perineal care, and a mostly positive perspective about the use of perineal massage as a tool to reduce the chances of perineal trauma.