With 28 years of midwifery experience between them, the My Expert Midwife midwives share their expertise on episiotomies and tears, and more importantly how to avoid them.

It’s a painful reality that most women will suffer from some form of tearing during childbirth, but clinical research shows that perineal massage from 34 weeks of pregnancy is proven to reduce the risk and severity of tearing or the need for an episiotomy and stitches during childbirth.

Developed by experienced Midwives and formulated in consultation with a team of chemists, the unique 100% natural formulation of Peri Prep Your Bits has been created to combine the proven benefits within natural essential oils to prepare your body for labour.

Award winning Peri Prep Your Bits is infused with avocado, grapeseed and sweet almond oil and helps to improve skin elasticity and suppleness in preparation for baby’s arrival, as well as providing lubrication for performing perineal massage. All ingredients are safe to use during pregnancy, it is also suitable for general pregnancy massage during labour.

The latest statistics suggest that around 9 out of 10 women with their first baby and around 7 out of 10 with subsequent births will experience some form of tearing, and your perineum is the area most likely to tear during birth. Starting perineal massage from 34 weeks can reduce the risk and severity of tearing by 20%.

For more information and instructions on how to perform perineal massage visit our blog

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