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(14 Posts)
Dawn2820 Fri 29-Jun-07 13:10:51

Have you done this and when did you start?

jetjets Fri 29-Jun-07 13:12:28

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lulumama Fri 29-Jun-07 13:14:09

perineal massage

explained here

is supposedly helpful to avoid tearing or episiotomy

i didn;t do it myself

Alfie72 Fri 29-Jun-07 15:16:58

I think you are meant to start at least 6 weeks before your EDD, it cuts down the risk of teariung , Do use something non scented or it'll sting !! Neals yard do a lovely " mother's balm" which you can use down there or failing that olive oil - not for cooking but for skin !!

Sixer Fri 29-Jun-07 15:18:47

36 weeks with wheatgerm oil everytime i went to the loo. Worked for me twice. No cuts, tears etc.

Alfie72 Fri 29-Jun-07 15:28:47

Nice one, I'm going to give it a whirl, anything to prevent any tearing

Sixer Fri 29-Jun-07 15:29:57

worth a try.

LadyTophamHatt Fri 29-Jun-07 15:30:06

apart from the fact that I couldn't have reached it, the thought of it makes me shudder.


Lizzzombie Fri 29-Jun-07 15:32:34

make sure you use the right type of oil.
if you have a nut allergy almond or walnut oil can cause a reaction in some cases....imagine!!
I used vitamin E oil from Holland & Barratt.
Still had to have an episiotomy (sp?) LO thought he'd come out with his hand on his head. Nice. Good luck!

dassie Fri 29-Jun-07 15:38:57

I did it once or twice but I didn't tear because I listened to the midwide when pushing. She was a star!

dassie Fri 29-Jun-07 15:39:23


quokka Fri 29-Jun-07 15:43:07

I did it every day from 31 weeks had 2 boys and no tearing at all. It takes a while to get used to it but I would deffo do it. I used almond oil, which I also used to rub on my belly and boobs to reduce stretch marks. It was a bit difficult when I was preggers the second time and my ds1 hovering around all the time, saying what you doing mummy !

quokka Fri 29-Jun-07 15:47:10

if your worried about allergies then use grapeseed oil, you can get it at a healthfood shop I'm pretty sure

RGPargy Fri 29-Jun-07 16:27:44

I'm with you on this LadyTophamHat!

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