Perineal Massage for Pregnancy Instructions

PERINEAL MASSAGE INSTRUCTIONS

Perineal massage is time well spent! Numerous clinical studies point to the benefits of perineal massage during the last several weeks of pregnancy for reducing perineal tearing during delivery and decreasing the incidence of pain during sex following childbirth. Just 5 minutes per day can help prevent long term complications.

HOW TO PERFORM PERINEAL MASSAGE ON YOURSELF

Before beginning Perineal Massage, ensure that your hands are washed, and your fingernails are trimmed short to prevent possible scratching. You can also choose to wear Vinyl gloves.

There are several positions that work well for women.

These include:

(a) Sitting propped up in bed with your knees bent

(b) Squatting against a wall for support with or without the aid of a stack of books or stool

(c) Raising one leg such as in the shower or on the toilet. Feel free to use different positions on different days. Also feel free to try reaching your hands in front or behind you to do the PM.

PERINEAL MASSAGE INSTRUCTIONS

Perineal Massage Instructions

PERINEAL MASSAGE INSTRUCTIONS

Perineal Massage can be done with either your thumbs or fingers. It is fine to change up fingers if you start to become tired. Two thumbs, index fingers, middle fingers or two fingers at a time all work.

For the massage itself, remember the goal is stretch the back portion of the birth canal, down towards the anus and apart side to side, using more and more pressure over time.

WHAT SHOULD I DO PRIOR TO PERFORMING PERINEAL MASSAGE?

  • Empty your bladder
  • Wash your hands and find a relaxing place to perform the massage (bathroom, bedroom, or anywhere else you are comfortable)
  • A warm bath or warm compresses on the perineum for 10 minutes prior to the massage may help with relaxation
  • Sit/position yourself comfortably
  • Trim your finger nails or better still wear vinyl gloves
  • Use a mirror to become thoroughly familiar with the vaginal opening and the perineum

TECHNIQUE

  • Choose your position.
  • Put a water-soluble lubricant, or natural oil like olive oil, on your thumbs and the perineum
  • Place thumbs just inside the vagina to a depth of three to five centimetres
  • Gently press downward towards the rectum and to the sides of the vagina at the same time to stretch the opening, until a very slight burning, stinging, or tingling sensation is felt
  • Work the lubricant in slowly and gently, maintaining the pressure and pulling the perineum forward a little as you sweep your thumbs from side to side of the vagina in a “U” shaped motion for approximately two minutes
  • The massage can be done in one direction at a time i.e. from side to side, or the thumbs can be swept in opposite directions. Try different ways until you find which is more comfortable for you.
  • Focus on relaxed breathing whilst trying to consciously relax the pelvic floor muscles and allowing the tissues to stretch
  • Reapply your lubricant as needed, for a total Perineal Massage time of at least 5 minutes.

Perineal Massage Instructions

Perineal Massage Instructions

Perineal Massage Instructions

PERINEAL MASSAGE INSTRUCTIONS

HOW TO PERFORM PERINEAL MASSAGE WITH YOUR PARTNER

The process for performing Perineal Massage with your partner is identical to the self-massage technique, but with one key difference: your partner should use his/her (clean and trimmed) index fingers as opposed to thumbs. I personally would suggest wearing vinyl gloves.

Your partner should sit across from you, with his/her legs apart and your legs draped over the outside of his/her legs. Once you are comfortable with the techniques, your partner may prefer using two fingers on each hand.

PERINEAL MASSAGE INSTRUCTIONS

Perineal Massage Instructions

PERINEAL MASSAGE INSTRUCTIONS

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Perineal Massage During Pregnancy Helps Prevent Tearing During Delivery

 

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