I didnt do this the first pregnancy, I did have a small epi during the pushing stage (was in squat position at the time) as they said that my legs were so numb that I didnt have enough power to push the head out. I was surprised they didnt ask me or inform me what they were doing.
I am hoping this time that I wont need it.
Would like to hear if others have done this. I have heard using waterbath for contraction or giving birth helps reduces this. What about the massage...has it worked for others?
Thanks for sharing
i think it doesnt hurt to do a little massage and get that area prepared for the streching that will occure.
The more important thing is to control the pushing and listen to your body.
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I do agree with jogirl though - it did help me to at least get more comfortable with the idea of the pressure.
Position is a *major* factor (along with support and gentle pushes), you're more likely to need an episiotomy with the litho position than any other ~ I highly recommend the hands and knees position, as it really opens the pelvis and greatly reduces chance of shoulder dys....(SP?) as well.
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