Perineal Massage… What the?!!

Perineal Massage - What The?!?

We prepare for all events in our lives, whether it be buying a car, selling a house, preparing for a job interview, or organizing a wedding.

Ladies when we are pregnant, obviously, our bodies are growing a human or humans, so we must prepare.

If you are aiming for a vaginal birth, there is a simple technique called perineal massage. This massage technique helps prepare your vagina and surrounding tissues for the stretching it will experience during childbirth. This massage can help reduce the trauma to your perineum and decrease the need for stitches post birth.

Always consult your medical practitioner prior to starting as in some circumstances it is not recommended.

This massage is typically started at weeks 34-35 of pregnancy, and only needs to be done once or twice per week, with each session lasting 5 minutes max. Simples!!

How to.. First, get comfy. Either lying, sitting or standing. Use some almond oil or KY jelly to help lubricate things. Once you’re comfortable, insert one or two clean fingers into the vagina about 5cm and apply gentle downward pressure (towards the anus) until you feel a slight tingling or burning sensation. Once you feel that sensation, hold the stretch for two minutes, then move your fingers to the side and repeat the process.

This simple time effective technique can help stretch the tissues of the vagina and perineum and can also help you connect with your body, and thus helping with control during the pushing phase of childbirth. Our perineal warm pack can be applied prior to starting your massage session to help gently warm the tissues, allowing the massage to be more comfortable for you.

Happy massaging 🙂

XOXO –

Ice Ice Booby

Perineal ice pack
Perineal ice pack

Helpful Tip – Hospital Bag Must Haves

Breast and perineal ice packs
Hospital Bag Must Haves

When it comes time to start thinking about packing your hospital bag things are starting to get real. Your hospital should have provided you with a list of essential items but here’s a few extra items that you may not have thought of….

  • BYO pillow – regardless of which hospital you are booked in at there always a shortage of pillows. They are like gold, as soon as they appear, they’re gone again. There’s nothing quite like your own pillow too, especially when you’re not sleeping in your own bed. Don’t forget your partners too….
  • Your pre-expressed colostrum. Have a chat with your midwife or doctor about antenatal expressing and if it is safe for you to do. If they give you the green light then go ahead from 36-37 weeks and express way. It’s a great way to start getting a little collection up for your little one. 
  • Lanolin Nipple cream – there are plenty of terrific brands out there. 100% pure Lanolin helps sooth, heal and protect sore and cracked nipples and being natural you don’t have to wipe it off before feeds. 
  • Hydrogel Nipple Disc Pads – again there are plenty of great brands out there. These help provide cooling, soothing relief to sore and cracked nipples.
  • Wet wipes – great for easy wiping ‘down under.’
  • And of course….. Your Ice Ice Booby breast and perineal heat and ice packs – whether you’re in hospital for 5 hours or 5 days, trust us, these will come in handy. 

We hope this has helped….

Happy Packing 🙂 

XOXO – 

Ice Ice Booby