Research shows massaging your perineum from 34 weeks of pregnancy is proven to reduce the extent of tearing during childbirth.
Want to try massaging your perineum but don’t know where to start? Read on for our step by step guide.
1. You need to feel relaxed and comfortable before perineal massage so why not have a bath and relax. The warm water will encourage your blood vessels to dilate which also softens the perineum.
2. Find a place where you feel safe, comfortable and won’t be interrupted. This could be still in the bath or in bed. You might find it easier to use a mirror for the first few massages until you’re happy with the technique.
3. Pour 1-2 drops of Peri Prep Your Bits on to your perineum. Place one or both thumbs within the back wall of your vagina, resting one or both forefingers on your buttocks. Massage gently downwards towards your rectum in a ‘U’ shaped movement. Aim to massage the area inside your vagina rather than the outer skin for approximately five minutes. If you’re struggling to reach, ask your partner to help.
4. Massage as often as you wish, but for the best results, aim for once a day or every other day. The massage should be comfortable, although a stretching sensation is normal.