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Cuddle - 0 to 12 MonthsLabour PreparationInstructions to do perineal massage for normal delivery

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Perineal massage is a technique that is sometimes used during pregnancy to help prepare the perineum for normal delivery(the area between the vagina and the anus) for childbirth.  The goal of perineal massage is to help the perineum stretch and become more elastic, which can help to prevent tearing or the need for an episiotomy (a...

Perineal massage is a technique that is sometimes used during pregnancy to help prepare the perineum for normal delivery(the area between the vagina and the anus) for childbirth. 

The goal of perineal massage is to help the perineum stretch and become more elastic, which can help to prevent tearing or the need for an episiotomy (a surgical incision) during childbirth.

It is not common for healthcare providers to perform perineal massage during pregnancy. Perineal massage is typically done by the woman herself, or by her partner, during the last few weeks of pregnancy. It is not a routine part of prenatal care, and it is not recommended for all women.

Perineal massage is typically done by the woman herself, or by her partner, during the last few weeks of pregnancy. It involves gently massaging the area between the vagina and the anus with the thumbs or fingers, using a lubricant such as mineral oil. The massage should be done slowly and gently, and should not be painful.

Steps to do perineal massage: 

1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

2. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position, with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.

3. Apply a small amount of lubricant to your thumbs or fingers.

4. Gently insert your thumbs or fingers into the vagina, and press down towards the anus.

5. Slowly massage the area in a circular motion, applying gentle pressure.

6. Continue the massage for about five minutes, or until you feel the area start to stretch.

7. Stop the massage if you experience any discomfort or pain.

It is important to be gentle and slow when doing perineal massage and to listen to your body and stop if you experience any discomfort or pain. It is also important to use a lubricant to prevent any irritation or tearing of the delicate tissue in this area.

Perineal massage can help to increase blood flow to the area and make the tissues more pliable and elastic. It can also help the woman to become more aware of the muscles in this area, and to learn how to relax and control them during childbirth.

Perineal massage is not recommended for all women, and it is important for pregnant women to talk to their healthcare provider before trying it. Some women may find it uncomfortable or painful, and it should not be done if the woman has any infections or other medical conditions.

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