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How to Avoid Tearing

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

If you are pregnant, tearing during labour may be something that is worrying you. Just remember that your body is INCREDIBLE and there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of tearing...

Being pregnant is an exciting time of your life but it can also trigger some worries especially if you haven’t given birth before. The labour process may seem daunting and words such as ‘tearing’ perhaps fill you with fear but remember that your body is incredible and it is designed to do this.


But if this doesn’ help, feel rest assured that there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of tearing and to also promote healing:




Practice Perineal Massage: Perineal massage is a technique that involves massaging the perineum, which is the area between the vagina and anus, to help stretch and prepare it for childbirth. Regular perineal massage during the last few weeks of pregnancy can help reduce the likelihood of tearing during childbirth.


Use Warm Compresses: Warm compresses applied to the perineum during labour can help relax the muscles and promote blood flow, reducing the likelihood of tearing. If you want to use these, don’t forget to include them in your Birth Plan!


Consider Different Birthing Positions: Certain birthing positions, such as squatting or being on all fours, can help widen the pelvic opening and reduce the likelihood of tearing. Check out my videos on TikTok!


Be Mindful of Pushing: Pushing too hard or too fast can increase the likelihood of tearing. Don’t forget that you don’t need to be coached to push unless you want to. Your body will instinctively do the work.


Stay Hydrated: Staying hydrated during labour can help keep the tissues in the perineum plump and more elastic, reducing the likelihood of tearing. Make sure you pack your favourite refreshments - Lucazade is always a good choice to help keep your energy up too.



Remember, tearing is a normal part of the birthing process and can often be healed with time and proper care. However, by taking steps to reduce the likelihood of tearing, you can promote healing and recovery.




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