NOR DO THEY KNOW THAT A PERINEAL MASSAGE FROM 34 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY MAY REDUCE THE RISK OF TEARING DURING LABOUR!
A Perineal Massage from 34 weeks of pregnancy is becoming increasingly popular and is now recommended by Midwives. Yes, tearing in labour is very common! At Natural Birthing Company our research suggests that pregnant women do not know they are at a greater risk of tearing, grazing, bruising and scarring without perineal massage preparation. Here, expert midwife and founder of Natural Birthing Company Jane Mason explains how to avoid it…
PRE MASSAGE TIPS 1. Wash your hands before you start your perineal massage and find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. 2. Consider making perineal massages part of your routine following your shower/bath as the warmth of the water will help with the blood supply to the area and surrounding tissues. 3. Adopt a comfortable position, semi-sitting, one foot up on the toilet, bath or stool, or squatting against a wall.
STEP BY STEP MASSAGE GUIDE 1. Place 1-2 drops of ‘Down Below’ massage oil onto your fingers and apply to the outside of the perineum. 2. Place your clean thumbs about 2 inches (5cm) into your vagina. Using your thumbs press downwards in the direction of your anus so that you can feel the stretch of the muscles surrounding the vagina and the vaginal tissues. 3. Once you have this downward pressure, use your thumbs to sweep from side to side in a rhythmic “U” shape/hammock movement. 4. Whilst massaging the perineum from the outside with your other fingers, apply steady pressure towards the anus. This may tingle but should not hurt! This will also help you to recognize the sensation when your baby is ready to be born. 5. Apply more oil to the outside of the perineum if required. The perineum will possibly feel tight when you first start, but in time you will begin to feel a change and remember this should not hurt. 6. If your partner is performing the massage, just follow the same instructions, but ask them to use their index fingers using the same “U” shape/hammock motion. It is important that you tell your partner how much pressure to apply. 7. Do not undertake perineal massage if you are suffering from Herpes, Vaginal thrush or other known infections. Please contact your midwife or GP if you suspect any of these infections. Jane Mason is the founder of Natural Birthing Company – wellness products for pre and post pregnancy.
To best perform a perineal massage we recommend Natural Birthing Company ‘Down Below’ Massage Oil. Developed with Aromatherapists and Chemists to ensure safety for both mother and baby. Natural Birthing Company ‘Down Below’ is designed to give pregnant women the confidence to know that they are using a safe, purpose made perineal massage oil, made from only the purest of natural plant oils. Due to the lack of products available to pregnant women and new mothers which support real issues of pregnancy, registered Midwife Jane Mason created a range of products suitable for the retail sector.
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