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What are some tips to prevent tearing during delivery?


Asked by Anonymous at 6:17 PM on Sep. 22, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • doulala

    Answer by doulala at 10:55 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • Rub oil on the spot.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:22 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • Unfortunately there's really not much you can do other than try to stretch it some, then you just have to leave it up to nature. I opted to tear rather than have an episiotomy. It heals quicker and there is not so much pain.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 6:26 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • pffft. i had a 10lb 8 oz baby and a 2nd degree tear, and asked my doctor for an episiotomy this time, and he says he dosent do them, and i most likley wont tear this time. And i say, if the baby is just as big, and i tear, im gonna be pissed off. good luck! =D

    Answer by NaKeYJaKeYsMoMy at 7:07 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • Hey nakeyjakeysmomy~ you are more likely to have worse tearing with an episiotomy, better to not have to endure both, right?

    I really think that episiotomies don't seem justifiable. (*In VERY rare circumstances, maaaaybe.) But many doctors do/did them routinely! Some Dr.s have 30% or higher rates. The more practiced mediolateral (angled) cut increases post-partum hemmorhaging 450% and 33% for the midline (straight down) cut. It only speeds up labor a contraction or two-- not worth the many complications that are involved, like incontinence and sexual displeasure. :-(

    Please know that there are ways to avoid tearing, so birthing with the perineum intact (or mostly intact) is possible.

    Answer by doulala at 10:49 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • Perineal massage/oil, kegal exercises, water labor/birth, NO coached pushing, hand on the emerging head & perineum, blowing air Os slowly, intentionally slowing down the crowning through concentration. Be sure to stay upright, move & wriggle your baby down and out. :-)

    The best way to prevent tearing - Honoring Body Wisdom


    Answer by doulala at 10:49 PM on Sep. 22, 2009