Moms-to-be often have some to-be-expected anxieties about childbirth: Will I be able to handle the pain? What if there are complications? Will I tear?
However, most of us are aware of the changes in the shape and size of our breasts during pregnancy and after breastfeeding. We know, for example, that post-breastfeeding our breasts will sag, but somehow we tend to brush the changes in the vagina post- childbirth under the carpet. Truth be told, the vagina can experience changes as extreme as permanent breast sagging after delivery.
Renowned birthing coach, author, and founder of The Gentle Birth Method, Dr Gowri Motha, shares the amazingly simple and intelligent way of pre-stretching your vagina for the gentle release of your baby. The Gentle Birth Method promotes a degree approach to birth preparation. The Vaginal Stretch Technique is by far the most popular aspect of the gentle birth method because it greatly increases confidence as mothers approach their due date.
Your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy : your vagina, abdomen, breasts, skin, and hair can all look and feel different during and after pregnancy and birth. Growing an entire human being isn't always easy, and your body will change as a result. Some changes are clearly visible, like that dark line that can show up on your stomach thanks, pregnancy hormones! Others may not be as visible.
Your baby's birth will be a small miracle involving emotions of expectation, excitement, joy and fascination. It is also hard work! By being pro-active prior to the birth you can ease your baby's start to life with the pelvic floor muscle exerciser EPI-NO Delphine and EPI-NO Delphine Plus Pre-birth perineal massaging alone certainly helps but is often not enough to prevent a high percentage of women from experiencing perineal injury during birth.
Giving birth can be so many things: magical, overwhelming, and terrifying, to name a few. But the prospect of tearing below the belt during a vaginal birth is a particularly worrisome aspect for many pregnant people. Between 53 and 79 percent of vaginal deliveries result in some kind of tearing, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
A stretch and sweep or membrane sweep is a relatively gentle way of trying to start labour. It is a simple procedure that sometimes initiates labour, reducing the risk of babies being born over the due date 42 weeks of pregnancy. A stretch and sweep releases hormones that prepare the cervix for birth and sometimes initiate labour.
Vaginal tears during childbirth, also called perineal lacerations or tears, occur when the baby's head is coming through the vaginal opening and it is either too large for the vagina to stretch around or it is a normal size but the vagina doesn't stretch easily. Tears can range from affecting only the skin around the vagina to involving the anal sphincter third- and fourth-degree tears. There's no guarantee you'll be able to prevent vaginal tearing during childbirth, but some research suggests that taking these steps might decrease the risk of severe tears:.
Will your perineum the tissue between the vaginal opening and the rectum stretch or tear on its own? Or will your practitioner deem it necessary to do an episiotomy an incision in the perineum to allow the baby to come out that's done fairly rarely these days? And how long will it take for your vagina to heal after delivery?
Pregnancy is one of the few experiences that sounds at once beautiful and alarming. On the one hand, the awe-inspiring physical changes may reinforce how magical it is to be pregnant. But there are also many times when pregnancy isn't exactly a picnic. Sure, it can be great, but most women don't feel like they're straight out of "glowy pregnant lady" central casting for all nine months.