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Er.....Olive Oil down there??

(13 Posts)
berri Thu 30-Oct-08 11:09:23

I'm nearly 28 wks and a friend of mine said her friend swears by rubbing olive oil on your perenium every night from this stage of pregnancy in order to make the skin more supple and therefore less likely to tear during labour?

I've never heard this before - have you?

I don't know what my DH would think if he saw a bottle of olive oil by my side of the bed......hmm

EnchantedWithEdwardCullen Thu 30-Oct-08 11:10:41

Its called perinium massage, it is supposed to help, but you may still tear.

You can use rapeseed oil too i think.

mustdripgore Thu 30-Oct-08 11:11:53

IIRC, I thought lavender oil was a good one too? I know there was something I used first time round, but it became irrelevent anyway as I've had 2 c sections!

berri Thu 30-Oct-08 12:05:14

Hmm interesting - from when are you supposed to use it to make a difference? Can I wait unti I'm a bit further along?!!

KerryMumchingOnEyeballs Thu 30-Oct-08 12:06:08

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scorpio1 Thu 30-Oct-08 12:06:33


put in on your thumb, insert it into the lower vagina and pull backwards until you feel it sort of almost stinging, its supposed to help. FWIW i have had 3 vb and no tears.

scorpio1 Thu 30-Oct-08 12:06:57

just the last couple of weeks is fine

scorpio1 Thu 30-Oct-08 12:07:24

thumbnail facing outwards iyswim

SummerLightning Thu 30-Oct-08 12:07:31

I was told perineal massage is a good idea from 36 weeks, so I would say, yes, you can wait!

Gemzooks Thu 30-Oct-08 12:17:44

I did it from 36 weeks, had no tear or cut so I would really recommend it. I would not do it too early, wait till 35-6 weeks.

Doesn't matter which oil, it's more about what your prefer, nice smell etc.

Sorry to be crude, but it's not really massage. It's more about stretching your bits to prepare for the baby so they don't tear. In Africa women use a big gourd like vegetable and rummage around with it to loosen things up. (I'm not recommending this, by the way!!).

All I can say is it worked for me, and I understand that 95% of first timers either tear or have a cut, so it was either very pure luck or the perineal massage,..

Honeymoonmummy Thu 30-Oct-08 12:25:02

I have an article about this from the antenatal class and it says use almond oil. But that gave me thrush. So I've been using olive oil instead. I've now got thrush again but it took longer to kick in... hmm

SpringySunshine Thu 30-Oct-08 12:42:08

<<giggles>> I was telling my DP about this last night (I'm only 16+5) & explained that it was to reduce tearing. I've never seen anyone look so urgent as he did as he practically screamed, "then why aren't we doing it?!". I told him it was for much later on, so I'm pleased to see this confirmed here wink

berri Thu 30-Oct-08 12:58:15

Sounds like it might be worth a try - thanks all!

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