Q: "What things can we do to help decrease the need for an episiotomy or the likelihood of a perineal tear?"
A: Here is a list of seven things you can do during pregnancy and while you are in labor to birth with an intact perineum. The written list and more ideas are listed below.
Here is a summary of today's VLOG on YouTube:
My list from the VLOG:
How can pelvic floor exercises help you if you are trying to avoid an episiotomy:
A healthy pregnancy diet: Eating well, including healthy fats and oils, promotes healthy, stretchable tissue
Some that we mention in class include
Perineal massage - talk to your care provider first – you can print THIS and THIS information and have a discussion with them
Concept behind "breathe your baby out"
Work with your breath and your contractions – only push when you have the urge to push, abdominal breaths between contractions, hold breath only as comfortable
More information not included in today's VLOG...I'm thinking we'll have to do a how-to for some of these...
If you have some uncomfortable perineal stretching or an episiotomy (even with awesome preparation, there are times when it happens for a healthy mom, healthy baby outcome), here are some comfort measures to ease the pain:
Sitz bath twice a day with sea salt or herbs
Make an ice pack out of a diaper – slit through the middle and fill with ice. The diaper absorbs the melting ice and supplies the coolness.
Fill a gallon bag with four maxi-pads (the non-stick kind) and soak them with witch hazel – then freeze them. Pull out to use as needed on the perineum
Our midwives also introduced us to some items you can find on-line: perineal packs and some amazing herbs that will help with healing. You can find them at http://www.everythingbirth.com/Birth-Supplies.html
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