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ha ha well i tried it myself last night, argh, my arm is too short or my belly is too big? i couldnt exactly manage this. it was pretty comical.
i already hate it, i need to figure out another way. i also cant see demanding DH to do this for me every night....its just NOT attractive.
Ok, I can't remember what it was called, but there was this company that made either an inflatable "gourd" that you put in your introitus and you pump it up with a little hand pump to do the strech.
Anyone know what I'm talking about?
|Informed mothers are learning more about this subject and taking the time to speak with their obstetricians about it, well in advance of their scheduled birthing date. They are adopting a strategy that includes special exercises using a device called EPI·NO. The EPI·NO is a soft balloon-like device that is inserted into the vaginal opening and gently filled with air to a specific pressure.
As the balloon is inflated the tissues are gently stretched. The pressure is then maintained for a period of time so that the tissues can adjust to the new opening. Daily the amount of air is increased slightly so that the vaginal opening is gently prepared to receive the baby's head. The end result is that the tissues are not only better prepared for the birthing process, but - because the tissues are not suddenly and violently stretched - the tissues more readily return to their prior state.
The philosophy is not new. In fact, there exists an age-old African custom by which an expectant mother gently inserts a calabash or gourd into the vaginal opening, to manually stretch the pelvic floor muscles and the perineal tissues. This process is still in use today in many parts of Africa. Modern science provides us with knowledge and materials that perform a similar function, but in a safer and more sterile way.
Unlike the calabash or gourd, the EPI·NO can be used not only to prepare the pelvic floor muscles and perineal tissues for birth, it can also be used to regenerate the tissues through post-partum exercises. Approximately three to six weeks following childbirth (ask your OB/GYN when to begin), a mother can begin once again to use the EPI·NO.
By clenching the pelvic floor muscles - a process known as a "kegel exercise" - the new mother will see the pressure on the EPI·NO gauge rise. This is called "bio feedback" and helps to inform you that your pelvic muscle exercises are being done correctly and to track your progress as muscle strength returns. Expectant mothers can experience mild to severe anxiety as childbirth approaches. Using EPI·NO a few weeks in advance of childbirth can help to reduce this anxiety.
Clinical studies have shown that using EPI·NO will:
Reduce the incidence of elective episiotomy
Reduce the incidence of perineal tissue tearing
Increase APGAR scores (measuring the overall health condition of the newborn baby)
Decrease the need for certain drugs during childbirth
Reduce anxiety for the mother
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