Perineal Massage and Episiotomy - How many of you prepared your vagina for birth?

Perineal Massage and Episiotomy - How many of you prepared your vagina for birth?

0letitgrow 0letitgrow
How many of you used Perineal Massage to prepare for birth?

And how many of you avoided an episiotomy?

Click other if you prepared your vagina for birth using something other than Perineal Massage.

And if you want to it would be great if you put a comment in on how often your practiced it and at what stage of the pregnancy you began.

Thanks so much! Can't wait to see the results : )
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I did not prepare my vagina for birth
5
I practiced Perineal Massage to prepare my vagina
4
Other vaginal preparations for birth
I was given an episiotomy during associated birth
2
No episiotomy but I experienced tearing
5
No episiotomy and no tearing! Whooo!
3
Total votes: 19 (10 voters)
Poll is closed
11/28/2011
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Sammi Sammi
We practiced it - I think my birthing class had us start around the 5th or 6th month (it's been a long time, so I don't remember exactly). I ended up having C-sections, so it didn't make much of a difference for me
11/28/2011
Noelle Noelle
Didn't prepare, and I had a 10 lb baby. My dr told me she would be 8 lbs and I KNEW she would be bigger. I was pissed he wouldn't do a C-Sec. I was cussing him out while trying to push her out. Of course she got stuck and they had to use some suction thingy to get her out! I am 110 lbs normally ( was 150 2 days before she was born two weeks early) and now I feel all stretche out. It was 7 yrs ago, and I feel like you could drive a truck up in there!!
07/28/2012
Gettinmymojoback Gettinmymojoback
Quote:
Originally posted by 0letitgrow
How many of you used Perineal Massage to prepare for birth?

And how many of you avoided an episiotomy?

Click other if you prepared your vagina for birth using something other than Perineal Massage.

And if you want to it would ...
first one i tore, second one my midwife stretched me as he came out. His head was 14inches in diameter so yeah i had a bit of "stretching" done!
08/02/2012
Gettinmymojoback Gettinmymojoback
Quote:
Originally posted by Noelle
Didn't prepare, and I had a 10 lb baby. My dr told me she would be 8 lbs and I KNEW she would be bigger. I was pissed he wouldn't do a C-Sec. I was cussing him out while trying to push her out. Of course she got stuck and they had to use some ...
i feel that way and i had an 8lb 11 oz baby!! haha
08/02/2012
Deeder Deeder
I didn't prepare with either of my kids, (both of which ended up having big noggins). My first was 8 lbs 4 oz, and after more than two and a half hours of pushing the doc finally gave me an episiotomy. The second came in at 8lbs 2 oz, and with only a few minutes of pushing I was left with very minor tearing, right along the same line as my epi.
08/02/2012
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
I never even heard of preparing your vagina for childbirth. It might have helped. They gave me an episiotomy and I still tore rather badly.
08/02/2012
babycakess babycakess
I did nothing to prepare. With my first, I had some superficial tears and 16 stitches. They weren't deep tears, just mostly the top layers of skin. I also gave birth to a little Amazon - 9 lb 8 oz baby girl.

With my second (he was 7 lbs 11 oz) there was no tearing.
08/05/2012
Winifred Winifred
My boyfriend helped me with perineal massage during the later part of my pregnancy and I didn't have any tearing or stitches whatsoever. My baby was a month early though so he was smaller than he would have been full term.
11/13/2012
naturegirl naturegirl
Prepared thoroughly, massaged daily with wheatgerm oil (same on my nipples)for my first birth, suffered a slight tear.
Didn't prepare so much for my second birth, only started massaging at about 7 months, tore really badly. Both babies were over 8lbs.
Says it all!
11/13/2012
Total posts: 10
Unique posters: 9