Tears and cuts to the sensitive skin of the perineum during labour and child birth are common, but with preparation and perineal massage you can decrease the chances of this happening. Research has shown that massaging the perineum during late pregnancy may encourage elasticity and reduce the risk of tearing during childbirth.
From about 35 weeks you can start preparing for your labour and birth with perineal massages to nourish your perineum and help to prepare your AMAZING body for birth. This Perineal Preparation Oil contains lavender and frankincense essential oil, sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil.
Postpartum use- A great oil to use on dry skin which can be common after birth. You may even use it on stretch marks.
Where is my perineum?
The perineum is the area between the vaginal opening and anus. Some women choose to use perineal massage as a way of (hopefully) reducing their risk of perineal trauma during childbirth.
When can I start perineal massage?
You can start massage from about 35 weeks and perform no more than three times per fortnight.
How should I do perineal massage?
- Gently insert thumbs or 1-2 fingers, 3-5 cm into the vagina, and firmly sweep in a downward and side to side motion for five minutes, using a natural oil for lubrication, (Avoid nut-based oils if known allergies. Do not use baby oil, mineral oil or petroleum jelly).
- You may feel a burning sensation which will diminish over time.
- Do not massage if you have active genital herpes or a vaginal infection present.
- Most women consider their partner’s involvement as positive.
Ask your doctor or midwife for more information ****
* Make sure to always patch test on your skin before use and seek trusted medical advice for any concerns before use.