tip for avoiding vaginal tearing

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  1. Becs

    Becs Well-Known Member

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    Hi ladies,

    Have heard this twice now from 2 different sources so thought I would share. Apparently if you rub oil into your undercarriage especially in the last trimester every day, it helps to loosen and prepare the skin for stretching. Using your thumb and forefinger, massage it into the back wall of and opening of your vagina and the skin around it especially towards the anus. My sister in law did this throughout her 2 pregnancies and hasn't torn yet. I also read it in a book that hubby bought me.

    I am going to start my daily routine soon using baby oil. My sister in law used olive oil - yuk!!

    Anyone else heard this?

    Becs xx
     
  2. Manda&Thomas

    Manda&Thomas Well-Known Member

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    ive heard of it aint it called a perinal massage??
    i will be doing it or getting hubby to :)
    manda xx
     
  3. helsekia

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    ive been told to use almond oil by 2 midwives.dunno whether it works or not.i think the position you deliver in has a bearing on the matter as well
     
  4. keli

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    Have heard of it yes.. not to sure about the baby oil tho could that not give you an infection? with all the perfume etc? x
     
  5. Becs

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    Oooo, sounds like I need to get some almond oil then. I assumed baby oil would be okay as have used it during um, sessions with hubb involving that area before :oops:
     
  6. Manda&Thomas

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    lol i think everyone has done that :)
    you can by special cream for doing it bot sure how much it is though mothercare should stock it :)
    manda xx
     
  7. Bee

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    I read almond oil with a drop of rose oil ;)

    It was in a pregnancy magazine this month
     
  8. Becs

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    Right, so are you lot all at it already? When were you going to share this little gem with me??? :shakehead:
     
  9. Bee

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    Nope - it says in the magazine to start from 38 weeks.
     
  10. DebbieM

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    Hope this helps:

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  11. Becs

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    He he, I reckon I am already going to be pretty good at this :wink:
     
  12. muppetmummy

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    eeeww, I hate touching that area, can still feel the scar from where I tore having James! :shock:
    Might give it ago this time though, didn't do any massage last time
     
  13. Happybunny

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    I was told about this in my hypnobirthing class. She suggested olive oil :shock: and told us not to do it before 35 weeks as it could stimulate labour.
    We are going to try, although the thought abhors me.

    She really recommended getting into a polar bear position for about 10-20 minutes every day during the third tri too and resting on the left side to encourage baby into the right position...that helps reduce tearing too. (apparently :shock: )
     
  14. Bee

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    OMG!

    I am so glad that pic didn't come up when I checked the site at school :lol:
     
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    Sorry Ladies, I did perineal massage with both my pregnancies and I still tore quite badly :( didnt work for me. AND the Midwife at delivery helped ease the head out properly to reduce tearing!
     
  16. muppetmummy

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    :rotfl: :rotfl: Just shown OH that picture and he went green!
     
  17. mrs_tommo22

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    My only advice is have a small baby! my daughter was little and I didnt tear with her, but i did with DS but i had a episotomy and fuck that hurt.
     
  18. timsmom

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    I had a second degree tear with my first despite using perineal massage. He was delivered back to back though so I believe that doesn't help
     
  19. Becs

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    unfortunatly i cant reach there nomore :oops:
     

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