|Is there anything I can do to help my perineum cope with the
There are several things you can do to help your perineum
cope with the rigours of birth and reduce the chances of
tearing or needing an episiotomy. The Kegels exercises are
a vital part of this preparation. In addition you should
consider massaging your perineum for the last two months
of your pregnancy. Making sure your hands are clean and
using a lubricant such as Vaseline or unscented massage
oil, use your thumbs to massage the area just inside your
vagina, pushing towards the rectum and also outwards. This
may feel uncomfortable but should not be painful.
During the labour the perineum can also be assisted by
applying warmth between contractions. In addition the squatting
position help to open the area up.