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    Default Epi-no's and previous tears

    I've heard of epi-no's but don't know much about them.

    I'm not pregnant again but my last birth left me with a 3rd degree tear.

    Can you use an epi-no nect time if you've already had a tear before?

    Just curious

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    Hi captainscaptain

    I'm not sure if you can, I would guess that as long as you've healed ok it would be fine. I'll ask my midwife.

    I've got one - I used it with DD and only had a small tear. Of course I'll never know what it would have been otherwise but it certainly didn't do me any harm.

    I'm planning on using it for number two - am currently 12 weeks.

    I got mine free as I was lucky enough to be on a clinical trial so got to keep it at the end.

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    Thanks GreenMoon. Do you just inflate it more over time? Does it hurt as much as a crowning baby?? :P

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    I cant see why not. It would actually be great i think to stretch the scar tissue. Id also recommend researching ways to reduce tearing while in labour (no drugs, upright or on all fours, breathing baby out, no coached pushing ect).

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    Yes just gradually increase it over time. I think it's recommended to start at 36 weeks and do it a couple of times a day for about 10 minutes. It doesn't hurt, it's just a bit uncomfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndigoJ View Post
    I cant see why not. It would actually be great i think to stretch the scar tissue. Id also recommend researching ways to reduce tearing while in labour (no drugs, upright or on all fours, breathing baby out, no coached pushing ect).
    I actually did all those things but DS decided to come out sideways which I'm assuming is the cause! Stretching the scar tissue sounds awful but you're probably right. Think I'll def buy one in the future for the next pregnancy....


 

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