How to Do Perineal Massage

Don’t squirm at the thought of getting hands-on down there—practicing perineal massage in pregnancy can help prepare your birth canal for delivery, and may even reduce your risk of tearing.

By Holly Pevzner, 9/29/18

Moms-to-be often have some to-be-expected anxieties about childbirth: Will I be able to handle the pain? What if there are complications? Will I tear?The latter question was the biggest pregnancy nail-biter for Brooklyn, New York, mom Michelle Taylor. “I was so afraid about tearing or being surgically cut during childbirth,” she says. “I had heard that both were worse than the actual birth and I wanted to avoid them.”

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