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what is a perinial massage?

I asked a question about tearing and so many women brought up this massage thing. I think my doctor even mentioned it once. what is it?

sorry if it sounds dumb to ask but Im due in 6 weeks with my first and Im hearing of all this stuff like primrose oil and pernial massages and such and Im just a little confused


Asked by DomoniqueWS at 1:39 PM on Oct. 3, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • Personally, I don't agree that it's really too helpful.
    What is more helpful is how you let your baby come out of you (AKA "pushing").

    The best way to prevent tearing - Honoring Body Wisdom


    Answer by doulala at 8:39 PM on Oct. 3, 2009


    it helps reduce your chances of tearing while pushing out your baby. :) i tried it a couple of times but never quite got into it... and i ended up tearing but it was a very minor tear. i wish i would have done the massage but i think it would be better if you could get your SO to do it for you

    i have read since that a really good way to prevent tearing is not to engage in directed pushing. you know where the midwife or Ob or nurse says "push 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10" and to just push when you feel like it. probably most hospitals wouldn't "let" you do that though.

    good luck!

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 1:58 PM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • lol i JUST asked my doc this and yeah its just a massage that they do to keep you from tearing. i asked her how to do it so i could do it at home some before the big day, and she said not to worry about it b/c they actaully put a lot of focus into the massage b/c they do not like to do episiotomys (sp?) ....but i heard you can get some type of oil and rub down there and do a downward motion type of "pull" and its suppose to help

    Answer by danette624 at 3:00 PM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • primrose oil can help you go into labor, like if your past due you can use it. google it.

    Answer by mandielynn23 at 3:11 PM on Oct. 3, 2009