CAN I PREVENT VAGINAL TEARING DURING BIRTH?
I get asked this question ALL. THE. TIME...
“Can I prevent tearing during birth?”
The thought of tearing your vagina is freakin' scary!
There are several factors that can impact the likelihood & extent of vaginal tearing, either directly or indirectly.
Here are a few:
Vaginal tissue stretching (during pregnancy & birth)
How you go into labor (spontaneous vs. induction)
Your choice of pain management (natural methods vs. medications)
How your birth is "managed," for lack of a better word
Your choice in pushing position
How relaxed you are in birth
The good news is that there are A LOT of things that you can do to minimize your chances of tearing!
And I should know... I pushed out 9lb. 4oz. and an 8lb. 15oz. babies with an intact perineum!