Massage for Birth Preparation
It may not sound appealing but research has shown that massaging the perineum regularly for 5 -10 minutes in the last 6 weeks of your pregnancy can help you have a more comfortable birth, positive postnatal recovery and decreases the chances of a perineum trauma.
Where is the perineum?
The perineum is the skin around the entrance of the vagina between the anus and vagina. Your perineum will unfold and stretch to a remarkable extent during the birth of your baby. In some cases of either of the perineum not stretching enough or signs that a bad tear will develop, your midwife may perform an episiotomy. By practicing perineal massage from 34 weeks onward, you can help avoid a tear or an episiotomy, along with staying upright in labour using yoga poses and working with gravity.
Before you begin
Make sure that your bladder is empty, wash your hands and then ensure you are propped up comfortably in a semi squatting position. You can use a mirror until you become comfortable with the massage. When first starting you might find a warm bath will help relax the tissues and increase circulation.
Use your massage oil on the thumbs and fingers and around the perineum. YogaMammas Prepare for Birth is a natural plant oil blend which is easily absorbed by the tissues, enhancing the suppleness achieved by the massage. Pay particular attention to any previous scar tissue.
Place both thumbs inside the vagina and press down towards the rectum. Avoid touching the rectum. Maintaining a steady pressure move your thumbs along in a ‘U’ type of movement. The movement should be repeated for 30-60 seconds, then release and repeat.
During your massage try to stretch your vagina opening until you feel a burning or tingling sensation- this is similar to what you may experience as your baby’s head presses down and begins to crown. Consciously relax your pelvic floor muscles. It is important to breathe deeply and focus on relaxing at this point of your baby’s birth.
As you get bigger you can find a position that you are more relaxed in and reach around from the back. Some women prefer to practice the massage by themselves while others prefer to have their partner massage. Do not continue if you feel uncomfortable.
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The information in this leaflet is intended as guidance only and is
not intended as a substitute for medical advice. If you have any queries do not hesitate to seek further advice from your GP or Midwife.
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