If you’re pregnant, and preparing for labor, one topic that might come up with your doctor or midwife is how to prepare your perineum for labor to reduce the risk of tearing. Perineal massage is one option for managing your tear risk.
Perineal massage is the gentle massage of the perineum, the area of soft, smooth tissue between your vagina and anus.
Perineal massage is one option for decreasing the amount of pain and managing your tear risk.
Make sure your hands are clean before touching any sensitive areas of your body to avoid vaginal infection.
You can use natural oils like almond, olive, or coconut oil or a personal lubricant like K-Y jelly.
Finding a safe and comfortable position when you’re pregnant can be difficult.
The perineum is located between the vagina and the anus. It’s about two inches long and is made of very delicate skin.
Place two fingers over the perineum and press lightly. Start by moving your fingers in a circular motion around the area. Then, slowly start to apply more pressure.
Perform regular perineal massage (3-4 times a week) until you give birth to reduce to risk of perineal trauma.