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Perineal Massage in Pregnancy: Frequently Asked Questions

Perineal Massage in Pregnancy: Frequently Asked Questions

If you are pregnant, you might have quite a few questions about perineal massage. We hope the following answers help.

July 03, 2021
5 Simple Ways to Prepare your Body for Childbirth

Simple Ways to Prepare your Body for Childbirth

There are a few trusted methods to prepare the birth canal for childbirth. Your body naturally loosens and eases up the pelvic floor muscles to help during the process. These perineal exercises further assist that natural process to prepare your body and the birth canal for an easier and less painful birth.
March 28, 2021
Is Perineal Massage During Labor Recommended?

Is Perineal Massage During Labor Recommended?

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.
March 28, 2021
Perineal Tears and Perineal Tear Degrees: An Overview

Perineal Tears and Perineal Tear Degrees: An Overview

Of the women who experience pregnancy and childbirth in their lives, most will suffer some sort of trauma to their perineum. Perineal tears can range from a small superficial tear to deep lacerations affecting pelvic floor muscles. 
March 28, 2021
An Introduction to Episiotomy

An Introduction to Episiotomy

An episiotomy is a surgical incision that is made in the perineal area and the posterior wall of the vagina. It is primarily performed to enlarge the opening to enable the baby to pass and to prevent more significant soft tissue injuries, such as tearing in the birth canal (including the anal sphincter and rectum) during labor. The use of episiotomies is being reduced in many parts of the world unless they are clinically needed. 
March 28, 2021
How to do Perineal Massage: On your Own or with a Partner

How to do Perineal Massage: On your Own or with a Partner

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.

March 28, 2021
Perparing for Childbirth, Perineal Massage, and the NHS

Perparing for Childbirth, Perineal Massage, and the NHS

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.

March 28, 2021
The Benefits of Perineal Exercises in Pregnancy

The Benefits of Perineal Exercises in Pregnancy

Exercising, in particular, strengthening the perineal muscles  or pelvic floor, has become increasingly important. It ensures not only a comfortable pregnancy for the mother but less stress during the birthing process for the child.

March 28, 2021
4th Degree Perineal Tear

Getting Through 4th Degree Perineal (Vaginal) Tears

4th degree perineal tears are the most severe form of tear a woman can experience during the end stages of labor. There are in fact different degrees of perineal tears: Minimal tearing such as 1st or 2nd degree tears are common and expected. 3rd or 4th degree perineal tears occur more rarely.

March 28, 2021