Another TMI Question How To Self Perineal Massage

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dee23 - June 14

dh is such a busy boy, he wants to help but its very hard to set up a ruiteen (i cant think how to spell that right now), i really want to prepare myself though. is anyone else doing this by themselves? how do you reach? what positions do you use because obviously we need both hands 'down there', thx.


falafal0 - June 14

Hi dee23, I actually came across perineal ma__sage (first I' heard of it too, fourth baby!) when recieving my wekly newsletter. I looked up some info and here's what I found - there seems to be heaps out there, so ou can search yourself too if you like...hope it helps some. Some women do this exercise in preparation for labor and start it a few weeks before their due date. This ma__sage can help make your v____al muscles ready for stretching during birth, thereby minimizing v____al tears or reducing the need for an episiotomy. It is recommended that you start doing this ma__sage about six weeks before your due date. Be aware that not all health care providers endorse this type of ma__sage, so be sure to speak with your midwife or obstetrician as to whether doing a perineal ma__sage will be helpful for you. You can do the ma__sage yourself or ask your partner to help you. If you are doing it yourself, it may be a good idea to sit near a full-length mirror to help you see what you are doing. Also, make sure you (or your partner) has clean hands and short nails. Sitting in a comfortable position with your legs apart, similar to a semi-sitting birthing position, place some vegetable oil or water-soluble lubricant on your fingers and thumbs as well as around your perineum (the area between your v____a and a__s). Insert your thumbs into your v____a, about as far as the first knuckle. Spread your legs and then press down on the perineal area. You want to press the area down as well as to the sides at the same time. Keep stretching the area until there is a slight burning or tingling sensation. Be gentle, though! Continue holding the stretch until you no longer feel any tingling. It should subside after a few minutes. When there is no more tingling, ma__sage the lower part of your v____al ca___l with a gentle back and forth motion. At the same time, clasp your thumbs onto the sides of your v____al ca___l. Mimic the action of your baby’s head during birth by gently pulling the v____al tissue forward. Hold this position for a few minutes. End the session by using your thumb and forefinger to gently ma__sage the tissue lying between them. Ma__sage in a back and forth motion for about a minute. Remember, it is important to use a soft gentle touch for this ma__sage; you can easily cause bruising or swelling if you use too strong a touch. You’ll also want to avoid applying any pressure on the urethra since this can lead to irritation or infection.


dee23 - June 14

thx for that :)



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