Many pregnant people we connect with often ask about how to prepare for birth. We thought we’d share a few of our tips about how specifically to prepare your perineum for birth!
A lot of people are concerned about vaginal tears during birth. These are extremely common, especially for nulliparous women (women who have not previously given birth).
The good news is, there are some simple techniques that you can practice at home to reduce your risk of tearing and reduce the need for an episiotomy (when your care provider makes a small cut along your perineum to help baby birth safely).
Perineal massage, which is the process of gently stretching out your pelvic floor muscles before birth, has been shown in studies to reduce the likelihood of perineal trauma (mostly episiotomy) and ongoing perineal pain.
We have a handout for perineal massage and you can find it here. We provide an overview of its benefits, and how to perform it!...
TOLAC stands for Trial of Labour after Cesarean Section and if it is successful it ends in a VBAC Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section. Check out our free Birth Plan Download here!
Why are we talking about this you might ask? Because it is a question that many women struggle with and their thoughts are influenced by many different things. We think it is so important for women, and their partners, to understand all of the potential issues and then make a decision based on good sound information that is right for their family!!!
Now as usual, it is important to discuss this with your care provider, as there will be some people who do not fall into this discussion, and other issues may factor into the decision that we do not touch on...but this should cover the Broad strokes!!!
Everyone has different reasons for wanting to try for a successful VBAC here are a few!