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    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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    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 😂😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    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 😂😂
    That's so funny! I guess my DH has always seen it as his job because they've suggested it to the partners during both the calmbirth course and birth workshops we did. And strangely enough it became dinner time conversation between he and a close friend's DH one day - they had also done it before their first child was born, so it was like, normal dinner conversation material?! 😂😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnygirl79 View Post
    That's so funny! I guess my DH has always seen it as his job because they've suggested it to the partners during both the calmbirth course and birth workshops we did. And strangely enough it became dinner time conversation between he and a close friend's DH one day - they had also done it before their first child was born, so it was like, normal dinner conversation material?! 😂😂
    omg!!! 😂😂😂😂😂

    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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    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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