perineum is the area of tissue between the anus and the vagina.
Massaging this area regularly during the last few months is
thought to minimise possible tearing and reduce the need for
an episiotomy. It is possible to massage this area yourself
or with the help of your partner.
of doing Perineal Massage.
Ingredients: One drop lavender
essential oil blended with 5 ml olive oil.
Wash your hands and sit in front of
a mirror since it will enable you to massage the area properly.
Now find the midline between the anus and the vagina. Press
on the area gently at first then more firmly. Dip your fingertips
into the oil blend. Using both hands press with the index
and middle fingers on either side of the midline, pressing
gently outwards on the skin. This is a tender area and may
be sensitive at first. Repeat until you can press firmly without
too much discomfort. Now place your thumbs 3-4cm inside your
vagina. Press downwards and to the sides at the same time.
Gently and firmly keep stretching until you feel a slight
burning, tingling or stinging sensation. This is normal. Hold
the pressure for two minutes until the area feels a little
numb and tingling subsides. For three to four minutes, place
your fingers just inside the back rim of the vagina, gently
running them back and forth along the lower half of your vagina
and perineum (If you should feel any irritation, you may need
to wash the oil from your hands of the oil). Avoid the urinary
opening to prevent chance of infection occurring. As you massage,
keep pulling gently outwards with your thumb inside the lower
part of the vagina, stretching the tissue.
Repeat the massage daily.