(Closed) Kegels vs. Perineal Massage

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

What I was told is that kegels tighten the muscles of the vaginal floor, providing a rigid birth canal for the baby to descend into (this is important because if your vaginal floor sags the baby’s head has a hard time getting over the “lip” of the perineum). Perineal massage helps to loosen the lip so that the baby’s head isn’t ramming into an area that won’t give (causing you to tear / need an episiotomy).

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

No! Doing one will help, but doing BOTH throughout your pregnancy is even better! Perineal massage helps more with the outside of the vagina (helps to stretch the skin and prevent tearing) whereas kegels help with the inside of the vagina 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@firsttimemom: I read that perineal massage shouldn’t be practiced before the 34th week though as it can start labor prematurely…

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@mommytobee: That’s really interesting, I heard that for best results the earlier, the better. I wonder how it could cause labor? It’s just stretching the outside skin of the vagina, I’ll have to read into that. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

fwiw As I understand it, the perenial massage increases elasticty [stretch] and kegels strengthen [not tighten, specifically, but strengthen] the muscles. It’s like yoga for your vag. strong muscles so you have more ‘pushing power’ but flexibility, pliability and good elasticity to avoid tearing.

 

I’d do both.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - The Providence Biltmore

I read this blog last night and have been sharing it ever since. The blog is regarding episiotomies but it also has some helpful hints in how to avoid tearing. Warning though, there are some pretty graphic pictures.  As my friend likes to say, there are things that cannot be unseen. Wink

 

http://wonderfullymadebelliesandbabies.blogspot.com/2011/02/would-you-rather.html

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@eurekaanchovies:  i plan on doing them too, but wondered about the whole “massage” aspect.  Definitely doesn’t seem like it would be relaxing like the massages i know!!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@eurekaanchovies: when did you start doing them. I do Kegels everyday but haven’t started with the “massage” yet. I start my 3rd trimester next wk (YAY!!) and was thinking that would be a good time to start. Not looking forward to it though… but like you said I want to do anything I can to prevent a tear!!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Tisty1982: I’ve heard the last 6wks is pretty common.. also you can get a 3rd trimester tea that is supposed to be packed with stuff to help the elasticity and such to get the body ready. =)

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