Yeah I found it off putting. Tried to do it with number 1 but it just made me anxious about the pain I'd feel in childbirth. Had a 4.2 kg bub and was given an episiotomy and also tore a little up towards urethra (delivery on bed by Ob in private system). Recovery from epi was awful- sex was painful for months after. Number 2 I was determined to avoid another epi but still couldn't bring myself to do massage- had a water birth at birth centre with midwife and generally more active labour 3.9 kg bub. Had a smallish tear that needed some sutures and healed without complications. I do think birth position, water birth and a support team encouraging a gentle delivery make the biggest difference.
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20-02-2016 20:52 #21Senior Member
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20-02-2016 23:05 #22
Perineal massage - worth it?
I asked dh if he'd be keen to help me with this (was only joking but wanted to test his reaction). he very unsurely of himself agreed after I showed him the YouTube as he had never heard of this before (fair enough). I then told him I was joking and no way would I want him helping me with such things 😂😂
21-02-2016 05:38 #23
21-02-2016 08:27 #24
Perineal massage - worth it?
I think it was mentioned in our calm birth class. pretty sure it was in fact. I kind of glossed over it and dh had no idea what it was back then anyway lol
it's soooo weird what childbirth turns these men into! a few weeks ago dh and his mate were discussing breastfeeding on the phone 😂😂
it was quite sweet really, that they're taking such an interest lol
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21-02-2016 11:43 #25
I didn't do it as it was painful and basically I didn't want to think about all that stretching and pain until I had to (from being in actual labour!). I didn't tear at all, just made sure I stopped pushing when the midwife told me too.
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