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#61 of 69 Old 10-05-2010, 03:44 PM
 
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Mine were 8lbs 15oz, 8lbs10z and 7lbs 4oz. I had minor "skid' marks with all three. No perineal massage/stretching, no tearing that required suturing either.

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I feel pretty confident that I won't tear now I'll have to come back and update - hopefully that will be SOON!

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Coming back to say that I had my baby on Monday, and did not tear We only did the perineal massage twice I think...? For any future births, we will not even consider the need! Thanks for all of the input here!

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I never did it and I had an 8lb baby and no tears! I was in shock when the midwife told me that.

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I never did massage. I tore a bit with my first and third (7 lb 1 oz and 7 lb 14 oz, respectively) and not with my second (8 lb 12 oz). Go figure.

I think it had ot do with how fast the baby was born. With #1 they kept screaming at me to push, push, PUSH because his heartrate was dropping precipitously. With #2, I breathed him out in maybe 5 or 8 minutes, no pressure. (Who am I kidding? I screamed him out, as I did all my babies, but without conscious pushing)

With #3, they say I pushed for under 3 minutes. No one was yelling at me to push, but they WERE trying to push me up onto the bed even though I wanted nothing more than to have baby come right where I was, standing up, and I think I was consciously pushing him out to decide the issue.

Yes, I am so DONE with that practice.
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I didn't do any stretching/massage at all, and didn't tear a bit with a 10lb 2oz baby

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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.
No tearing with my one and only and I didnt do any massage/stretching. I had a great birthing team coaching me along during the pushing phase who applied warm compresses. Born at home.

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3 kids, never did the perineal massage.

1st- no tear- hospital birth 7lbs 6oz
2nd- a small "skid mark" he shot out like a cannon- home water birth 7lbs 8oz
3rd- no tear- hospital birth 8lbs 7oz

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Mine both around 8 lbs and I didn't tear with either one. Second was a fast birth, too! I didn't do peri stretching or massage with either one.

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