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Performing perineal massage is simple but it’s best to be prepared and follow a guide. Perineal massage during pregnancy is beneficial for reducing perineal trauma during a vaginal delivery.
Perineal massage during pregnancy is effective for reducing the risk of tearing and perineal trauma during the birth of your baby. You use your index fingers in a side to side motion to gently stretch the vaginal opening. It’s best to use a natural oil to perform the massage but it should never be done if you have a vaginal infection. It’s common to feel a slight burning or burning sensation but it should not cause pain or severe discomfort.
It’s unlikely to induce labour but if you notice contractions during or after performing perineal massage it’s best to stop and contact your midwife or doctor.
It’s recommended you start performing perineal massage at 35 weeks but it’s always a good idea to seek guidance from your midwife or doctor.
You should trim your nails, thoroughly wash your hands and use a natural oil to help you perform the massage.
Start massaging after 35 weeks and ideally you should perform the massage 1-2 times a week to reduce the risk of tearing.