"Prenatal" aka "Antenatal" Perineal Massage
Massaging, stretching and/or relaxing of the perineum & perineal tissues, the area between the vaginal opening and the rectum.
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Women frequently suffer perineal trauma while giving birth and thus interventions to increase the possibility for an intact perineum are currently being explored. Reducing tearing has been the subject of many research studies.
Some have shown favorable outcomes:
and, some have shown neutral outcomes:
*Pages to explore for more reading on Perineal Massage
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