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Perineal massage

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Rhian82 Wed 24-Sep-08 12:35:47

How many people actually do this? How have you found it - and did it help with the birth?!

Also, what type of oil do people recommend?


ajm200 Wed 24-Sep-08 12:43:09

Did last time. Haven't bothered yet this time. Didn't buy any expensive oils, just a small bottle of olive oil.

Had an 8.4lb baby, fast 2nd stage and no tear so must have helped.

usuallylurking Wed 24-Sep-08 13:52:31

I did lots of perineal massage/stretching last time and had a third degree tear, so not bothering this time. I found it fairly horrible, esp as I couldn't reach towards the end and had to get my husband to help.

waitingtobloom Wed 24-Sep-08 13:54:24

I didnt the first time and had an episiotomy.

Did the second time and delivered a brow presentation baby nearly 1.5 pounds bigger ( 8lb 12 oz) with a small tear needing 2 stitches...

Other forces at play - second birth was a second birth obviously and was at home, birth pool, gave birth on knees and had fab midwife.

Worth a go if you can reach though!

digitalgirl Wed 24-Sep-08 14:12:21

didn't do it and i didn't tear my perineum - best thing i did was to listen to the midwife when she said to stop pushing and only do little pushes. tore the internal vaginal wall though, but only needed two stitches which healed in a couple of weeks.

zazen Wed 24-Sep-08 14:22:10

Horrible horrible horrible. stressed me out actually as it hurt.
Bad enough to do this when you can reach around yourself... but couldn't reach a the end of pregnancy and DH was reluctant and had to be cajoled, so it didn't help. Just added to stress about the birth and whether we were "doing everything we could to have a more worthy vaginal (natural I think we called it) birth". BOKE when I think back.

Also ended up with crash section (as do 30% of first timers), so needn't have bothered after all.

Listen to your midwife is a much better bit of advice.

CuppaTeaJanice Wed 24-Sep-08 14:36:25

Couldn't reach so used a vibrator (switched off) dipped in olive oil. blush

Still needed an episiotomy. Baby was 10lb 4oz and pulled out with forceps though.

beanbearer Wed 24-Sep-08 16:03:32

Think your best bet for intact perineum is a water birth. I used water first time (8lb 10) but got out about an hour before birth cos suddenly had a panic attack about a lip preventing baby's exit (happened to a friend), demanded midwife check, then didn't get back in. Quite bad 2nd degree tear, probably because also chose to use birthing stool so very fast. With hindsight, any sort of bum-in-air position would have been preferable and, as digitalgirl says, stop pushing! 2nd baby (8lb 6) stayed in water whole time at maternity unit (only 3 hours) and gave birth on my knees leaning over the side. Despite worrying I'd tear as before, in fact had slight scratch and nothing worse.

Tittybangbang Wed 24-Sep-08 18:09:39

The research suggests it reduces rates of episiotomy/tearing in first time mums over 30.

But would agree that other things are far more important.

Practice 'horse lips' - as baby is crowning do little blows or pant through soft (shall we say 'flappy') lips!

Crowning stings, really, really stings, and you might be tempted to either push like mad to bring the stinging to an end or to clench everything to hold baby in to stop it getting any worse. Don't do either. Relax whole body, listen to midwife. Longer is better to a certain extent when it comes to crowning (within reason!). Let your perineum streeeeeeeetch as slowly as possible.

Also - if you can, birth in water.

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