Childbirth

Episiotomy, prevention and natural remedies

How can we avoid episiotomy but also prepare the perineum for childbirth by decreasing the likelihood of lacerations? Here is a small guide to follow during pregnancy.

The WHO states that “the systematic use of the episiotomy practice has no scientific justification”.

An episiotomy is a surgical cut that can be made during delivery to facilitate the delivery of the baby. Obviously no one likes to be cut in such a delicate place, as one would like to avoid lacerations during the passage of the child.

How can we prepare our body?

Preparation during pregnancy

It is very important to prepare the perineum during all 9 months of pregnancy through pelvic floor exercise , massage, the practice of natural methods by the midwife during her assistance in the woman’s labor (for example, using water compresses warm during labor because it relaxes the muscles of the perineum).

How to prepare the perineum for childbirth?

To prepare the perineum for childbirth, the woman should start with massages six weeks before due date.

Regularly massaging the perineum helps the tissue to become elastic, to yield under pressure, to become familiar with this often unknown part of our body.

For the massage you need a natural oil, olive or wheat sprouts.

Weleda’s famous oil works great because it contains a blend of St. John’s wort oil, wheat germ, essential oils of sage and rose.

Stand astride the bidet or toilet or with one foot on a chair.

Lubricate the thumb and forefinger of the hand with oil and insert the thumb up to the first knuckle.

Draw a U by applying steady downward and sideways pressure until you feel a tingling sensation.

Once a day is enough.

To exercise the perineum instead, do this simple exercise: lie down with your back on the bed well supported, legs apart with your feet resting on the floor.

You have to hold this pose for a long time and it must be done several times a day.

Good work

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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