Self - Perineal Massage

Self - Perineal Massage

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#1 Oct 31, 2010
What is it? And what are the benefits for child birth?

A perineal massage is a gentle massage that prepares the perineum, the area between the vagina and the rectum, for birth. The perineum is stretched during childbirth, and often will tear. This massage promotes the elasticity of the lower regions of the cervix causing the tissues to be more supple, which improves the overall flexibility of the area making it easier for the tissues to stretch as the baby is born.

A perineal massage also familiarizes the mother with the stretching sensations she will feel as the baby is born. This helps her learn to keep her perineal area relaxed during the stretching of crowning which can help prevent tears.

It has been shown to reduce the incidence of episiotomy and perineal tears during childbirth.

To perform a perineal massage, follow these steps:
1. Wash and sanitize your hands, and trim your nails.
- Find a warm, comfortable area to sit.
- Use a mirror to find your perineum, to see what it looks like. A full length mirror works best.

2. Apply a natural lubricant such as Virgin Coconut Oil, Vitamin E oil, massage oil or pure vegetable oil to your thumbs and the perineum.
- Insert your thumbs into the vagina and spread your legs.
- Press downward and pull towards the sides. You will feel a tingling or burning, but you should not feel any large amount of pain.

3. Hold this press for about 2 minutes.

4. Rub your perineum between your thumb and forefingers back and forth for one minute.

5. After you’re comfortable and have mastered the technique, add kegel exercises to the process.

You can begin to do this massage around the 34th week of your pregnancy. If you are further along and haven't started, there is still benefit from doing it. You can do this massage as often as once a day.

Caution: Avoid pressure at the top of the vaginal opening. Massage gently as forceful massage could cause bruising or swelling. Do not massage if there is active vaginal infection or herpes lesions as you could spread the herpes infection to other areas.

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Johnsons

Bangladesh

#2 Mar 12, 2012
1.pregnancy is an important stage in maternal life of a woman
2.A new life see the light of this nice world through this process.
3.When a mother delivers an infant it comes to this world
4.Delivering a child is the most burning stage of pregnancy.
5.Through two ways a mother can deliver her child.
a.Normally
b.surgically(locally known as scissor method)
6.in the bangladeshi perspective the normal process is very popular in rural area.But this is very painful for mother.90% delivery case has been performed through normal process.Researchers say that if it is done by the help of skilled person then it is okay.
7.On the other hand the scissor method is being used but it needs to cut the mothers belly.It is not so painful but it may lead her to a bad consequence.At the same time it is money consuming.

Key point: a.Normal process is natural but risky.The risk can be mitigated through skilled person.
b.Scissor process is artificial,money consuming.But safe.But it may have a bad consequence in future.

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