november 2021

How To Do Perineal Massage & Why You Should Try It

85% of women will sustain perineal trauma during vaginal birth. This guide will teach you how to do perineal massage to reduce the risk of tearing.

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How To Do Perineal Massage & Why You Should Try It
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85% of women will sustain perineal trauma during vaginal birth. This guide will teach you how to do perineal massage to help reduce the risk of tearing. Plus, we'll answer all your questions about the benefits of perineal massage, how often to do it and when to start doing it.

What is Perineum and Perineal Massage

What is a perineal massage?

A perineal massage focuses on the perineum - the area between the vaginal opening and the anus - with the aim of stretching the perineum and making it more elastic to reduce the risk of tearing during childbirth.

Why you should try perineal massage

Research shows that during birth, around 9 out of 10 first-time mums and 7 out of 10 mums having subsequent births will have some form of damage to their perineum, such as tearing.

Performing regular perineal massage from week 35 of pregnancy is proven to encourage the skin and muscles around the perineum to stretch more easily during childbirth, reducing the severity of tearing or the need for an episiotomy - a cut made to the perineum to widen the vaginal opening for the baby to be born.

To help encourage the skin around your perineum to stretch more easily during childbirth, our expert midwives have developed an award-winning perineal massage oil called Peri Prep Your Bits. It contains a unique blend of essential oils to help nourish, protect, and promote skin elasticity. When you buy Peri Prep Your Bits, you also get access to free perineal massage webinar hosted by an expert registered midwife.

Learning how to stretch the perineum through perineal massage gives you the best chance of a better birth experience and a smoother recovery. So, let's delve into how to do it.

How to do perineal massage

  • We recommended performing perineal massage from 35 weeks of pregnancy, 3-4 times a week for 3-4 minutes
  • Perineal massage is best avoided if you have a known vaginal infection, thrush or genital herpes

Watch our video guide below or read on to learn how to do perineal massage by yourself or with a partner to prepare your perineum for childbirth.


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