What is perineal massage?
There is nothing you want more than for your baby to have a normal childbirth—except maybe less perineal trauma for you. Perineal massage during the late stage of pregnancy has been used for generations to prepare the perineum for delivery. It loosens the tight perineal muscles, which softens and flexes the birth canal.
Perineal massage is recommended by healthcare midwives, pelvic floor physiotherapists, and doulas as well as medical organizations. Many studies have shown that it successfully reduces perineal trauma during birth, and can even allow you to recover faster, with less pain. Perineal massage can be done by you or a partner.
The best time to get perineal massage is anytime from the 34th or 35th week of your pregnancy.