Often, there is so much information to take in with regards to labour, that many people don’t know the facts from the falsehoods. Here is the truth about: Perineal Care.
Many women, especially first-time moms ask whether they will need to have an episiotomy to deliver their baby successfully. Episiotomies are becoming out-dated, and are only very rarely done with specific cases – such as a distressed baby that needs to be delivered as soon as possible. Although tearing is a common occurrence in delivery, there are ways to avoid this from happening.
Perineal massage should be practiced from about 34 weeks of pregnancy onwards. This helps by increasing the area’s ability to stretch, and ultimately decreasing the incidence of episiotomies and tears.
If you do still require stitches, listen to the after-care advice and use ice-packs to help reduce swelling and pain. Sitz baths with coarse salt are good with helping the area heal, too.