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~Amy, Wife to E, Happy Momma to K 4/04, L 11/05, E 8/07, V 1/10, and J 10/11
I think the whole fast birth = tears thing is a myth. I've researched it and haven't found any solid evidence to support that. In fact, most of the studies I found showed that a longer 2nd stage increases the risk of tearing and a shorter 2nd stage decreases the risk of tears.
Mama to 4 girls 5/05, 12/07, 9/09, 3/11
Lovin my sweet babygirl 3-17-10 and expecting another in March!
and in terms of fast birth=tearing, it really depends, because a long pushing stage can lead to swelling and an increased chance of tearing. and some kids (like mine) just have big heads that are hard to get out. we had a long pushing stage just because her head had to squish so much (I'm small, and once her head popped back out it was 75th percentile, that's one reason I hate the big baby=hard birth thing, because small babies can still have big heads)
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