All the info you need on the newest addition to your beauty regime
Having an episiotomy is one of the biggest fears amongst mums-to-be when thinking about labour. Well, that, and passing poop in front of their midwife and birthing partners. Annoyingly, you can’t help but instantly think pushing your little one out is going to destroy your perineal and the doctors are going to have to stitch you all the way back up again (hopefully a little tighter).
According to the NHS approximately 85% of women are predicted to suffer from perineal tears whilst giving birth. That means that only 15% of us make a sweet escape from ripping front to back passage, and it’s probably those who opt for a C-section.
Although, don’t panic. There is one way you can prevent the degree to how badly it is damaged or if weakened at all- it’s time to add the perineal massage to your daily beauty regime.
Massaging your perineum isn’t like the usual facial or full body massage you receive every time you go on a spa weekend. However, the ‘beauty treatment’ does increase elasticity of your perineal so that it stretches easier and is less painful during labour. Plus, it also decreases tears and the possibility of the dreaded episiotomy.
All you need to do is take five-minutes during or post-shower/bath to place both of your thumbs onto the back wall of your vagina and gently push up and down forming a ‘U’ shaped formation. Repeat this movement for the whole five-minutes. Make sure you keep your muscles relaxed.
Obviously like every form of muscles training, the earlier you add the massage to your regime, the greater effect it will have. However you can leave it up to 34-weeks to start and still see positive changes. So, go and get that shower going, or that bubble bath running… It’s time to start rubbing.