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 (or cookie, as I like to call it) is freakin' scary!
In short, no. Why? Because birth is unpredictable.
Having said that, there are several factors that can impact the likelihood and 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 a 9lb. 4oz. baby with an intact perineum!
Since so many mamas have asked me about this, I put together a free Vaginal Tearing class.
Check it out!