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  • I
  • 10 months ago

Perineal Massage

My midwife recommended I start perineal massage to help prevent tearing (I’m 36 weeks). This is something I was planning on doing anyway, so the other night I thought right, let’s give this a go! Sorry for the tmi, but absolutely impossible to get two thumbs in as per the diagram, around my massive bump. How on earth is anyone able to do this!? 😅 Tried the ol’ sitting on the loo trick, but there’s just no way. Any tips or tricks?
  • L
  • 10 months ago

Use a mirror?

  • I
  • 10 months ago

I did, but that’s not the issue, it’s the fact I can’t reach both arms around my bump and in :-/

  • K
  • 10 months ago

You can try the Aniball instead? Worked a treat, I didn’t tear with my 8lb 1oz bubba

  • L
  • 10 months ago

@Katelyn do you have a link to this? Its coming up as toys on google 😅

  • C
  • 10 months ago

This looks like a great idea. Of course, they don't deliver to the USA. Have to see what I can track down...hrrrrm...

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  • C
  • 10 months ago

I do it in the bath with one thumb, as you say, too tricky with bump in the way to do two at once 😂

  • C
  • 10 months ago

Genius! 🤣

  • C
  • 10 months ago

Also important: if your partner is just massaging, it's not being done correctly. If this is the technique used in the studies, no wonder it has such an abysmal success rate. Per my midwives, it really should be thought of as perineal stretching, where your partner increases the stretch each day--which is why you start the process a few weeks out from baby's birth. Approached it that way; delivered a 9 lb 14 oz baby with no tearing.

  • K
  • 10 months ago

Haha when the midwife mentioned this to me I was like.. erm really! There is no flipping way that’s happening! Hubby wouldn’t do it and it seems impossible to do it yourself 🤦🏼‍♀️ It amazes me how health advice has come on, especially since the war when mums just gave birth with no help whatsoever!

  • C
  • 10 months ago

Midwives, and a more holistic body of knowledge, have been around for millennia. PS - if you're just 'massaging' and not *stretching* you're doing it wrong and it won't help at all.

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