CAN I PREVENT VAGINAL TEARING DURING BIRTH?

 
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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!