Do you have a birth plan? For many women, having a birth plan can be a reassuring idea. On the other hand, there are women with no set plan in place, they just want to go with the flow. However, whichever direction your birth story takes, there are things which you can do which will prepare yourself and your body for labour and delivery.
One of these preparations is perineal massage. Perineal massage can reduce your chances of perineal trauma – bruising, grazing, tearing, episiotomy – and helps you to become familiar with the feeling of pressure or stretching of the perineum that you will feel during the birth of your baby.
Unfortunately, 85% of women who give birth vaginally will experience some degree of tearing*, which can lead to issues post-birth with the pelvic floor, incontinence, and sexual discomfort.
The purpose of massaging your perineum is to stretch the perineal tissues, promoting elasticity and loosening the tissue to support a natural and gentle vaginal birth. It should be done 3-4 times a week for 10-15 minutes from the 34th week of pregnancy.
Link to Ardo Natal Perimassage