Your perineum is the area between your vagina and anus. You may not think about it very much, or ever, but you should if you’re pregnant. During labor, it is vital that your baby is able to easily pass through your vaginal canal with minimal damage being done to you. To ensure that this happens, some doctors will perform an episiotomy. This is where they cut the perineum to allow for as much stretching as possible, as seen in the example below.
Once cut, it is easier for your baby to come through and there is less overall damage to your vaginal canal. The issue is that the damage then moves to the perineum itself. The risks associated with this can be huge, but you can avoid them as much as possible by massaging your perineal area prior to giving birth. This will make it easier for you to bring your child into the world without the risks of tearing and cutting occuring.
Massaging Your Perineum Can Prevent Tearing
A perineal massage works it’s magic by stretching your perineum. By massaging this area a few months before giving birth, you can improve the stretching and overall strength of your vaginal canal. This will ensure that you can give birth without having an episiotomy performed. Since it is easy and effective, not requiring any investment other than a few minutes every day, you can do it with minimal hassle and worries.
While a perineal massage will not work for everyone, the fact that it does not require any big financial investment makes it worth a shot. To gain the most from it, you will want to begin doing it when the time is right, which for most women is during the final term of their pregnancy. Once started, you will want to do it every day, as this increases the chances of it working for you.
Luckily, a perineal massage is easy to work into your daily schedule, so there is no real reason to skip it. If you feel that you cannot reach or if you have trouble managing this on your own, you can always ask your partner for assistance. Trust us when we say you’ll be happy that you did. Taking a small amount of time out of each day to ensure a tear-free childbirth and a healthy perineum is more than worth it.