Originally Posted by belchers1
I'm about 37 weeks along, and we haven't started perineal stretching / massage yet. With #1, I had a c-section. #2, I had a small tear that required 2 stitches (hospital VBAC). I didn't tear at all with #3 - my UC. We did perineal massage 6 weeks before my "due date" during the previous 2 pregnancies.
I'm just worried that because we haven't started yet, I may tear.
I have had 3 little ones, never did any massage or stretching with any of them. With the first, I did not tear at all, with the second I had one tiny tear that required one stitch, and with this last one, I didn't quite tear but did have what I guess would be called a scrape-like one spot slightly to the side that was raw and over stretched from delivery, but not actually torn. It's all healed up now.
However, I will say that all 3 of my girls were only 6lbs 5oz when they were born, so tiny babies. All three also required little pushing and once their heads were out, they just sort of slid out.