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How Perineum Oil Helped Me Prepare for Childbirth

How Perineum Oil Helped Me Prepare for Childbirth

During my pregnancy, I’ve been learning about all sorts of things to prepare for childbirth. One thing that stood out to me was the idea of using perineum oil for perineum massage. I wasn’t sure what it was all about at first, but after some research and talking to my midwife, I decided to give it a try. Here’s how perineum oil has helped me get ready for delivery.

What is Perineum Oil?

Perineum oil, also known as perineum massage oil, is a special type of oil designed for massaging the perineum – the area between the vagina and the anus. This practice is recommended to help prepare the perineum for childbirth, making it more flexible and potentially reducing the risk of tearing during delivery.

Benefits of Perineum Massage Oil

Using perineum oil has several benefits. First, it helps to soften and stretch the skin in the perineal area. This is particularly useful as the baby’s head passes through during childbirth. The massage with the oil can increase the elasticity of the perineum, which can make the birthing process a bit easier.

Another benefit I’ve noticed is that it’s helped me become more familiar with my body. By regularly using oil to massage the perineum, I’ve become more aware of the changes happening as my body prepares for birth. This has helped me feel more in control and less anxious about the delivery.

How to Use Massage Oil for Perineum

Using perineum oil is quite simple. Here’s what I do:

  1. What oil to use for perineum massage: It’s important to choose the right oil for perineum massage. I use a specially designed oil that’s safe for sensitive skin such as the Step Ahead Mum to be Perineum oil.
  2. Timing: I started my perineum massages around the 34th week of pregnancy. My midwife recommended doing it 3-4 times a week, and I gradually increased the frequency as I got closer to my due date.
  3. Massage Technique: I find a comfortable, quiet place to relax. After washing my hands, I apply a small amount of oil to my thumbs and perineum. Then, I gently massage the area, stretching it in a U-shaped motion. I do this for about 5-10 minutes each time.

Tips for Effective Use

  • Relaxation: It’s important to be relaxed during the massage. Sometimes, taking a warm bath first helps to relax the muscles.
  • Consistency: Regular massage is key. Making it a routine helps to get the full benefits.
  • Comfort: If it feels uncomfortable, stop and try again another time or consult your midwife for advice.

Using perineum oil has been a helpful part of my pregnancy journey. It’s made me feel more prepared for childbirth and has given me confidence that I’m doing everything I can to have a smoother delivery. I’m not sure if it’s just psychological but its helping either way.