It is recommended to start perineal massage from 34 weeks pregnant, doing it three to four times a week, for around three or four minutes at a time. Here is a guide to doing perineal massage: First find a perineal massage oil.
When should I start perineal stretching?
Starting at week 34 of your pregnancy, take about 5 minutes to massage your perineum, three to four times a week. The goal is to get the muscle and tissue used to stretching. At first, it may burn and feel uncomfortable. But this will get better after a few massage sessions.
Can you start perineal massage too early?
Perineal massage aims to stretch, usually using two fingers, the perineal tissues ready for birth. You can start practising perineal massage whenever you like, and many women will start during the third trimester.
Is it normal to be scared giving birth?
It is rare, but some women are so afraid of giving birth that they dont want to go through with it, even if they really want to have the baby. This is called tokophobia and it can happen in any pregnancy. A severe fear of childbirth may also affect their decision on how to give birth to their baby.