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Zoethink 02-22-2013 01:00 PM

Bleeding During Perineal Massage? Prob.TMI
 
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At my midwife's suggestion I have begun doing perineal massage. The suggestion is to start by stretching the perineum for 2 min and then massage for 10 min. I can do the stretching fine, but once I start massaging, I really start to bleed. The thing is, it doesn't hurt. It's not like I am being too rough or something. It doesn't feel like I have scratched myself or anything either. I did ask about it at my last appointment, and my MW said a little bleeding was normal. But I am not sure what "a little" is, and it has only gotten worse each time I've done it. I am not, like, gushing, but definitely dripping, whereas before it was more like a smudge. I am totally going to ask at my next appointment (early next week), but I was just wondering what others' experiences have been.

Thanks!

amb2j 02-22-2013 01:04 PM

I've never bled during perineal massage. I'd definitely bring it up to my midwife.

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canadianbakers 02-22-2013 01:41 PM

Re: Bleeding During Perineal Massage? Prob.TMI
 
Huh. I'd definitely take a break from it and mention it to your MW before continuing. I've not heard of that either.
I wonder if it's just the increased blood flow to the area, and then the massage causing irritation, causing the bleeding? Have you had bleeding while dtd as well?

Belle 02-22-2013 03:06 PM

Could there be a hemorrhoid in the area that's getting aggravated?

birdinhand 02-22-2013 03:52 PM

Re: Bleeding During Perineal Massage? Prob.TMI
 
I have mixed feelings about perineal massage. The body prepares so many ways for birth and breastfeeding, massaging the perineum seems like overkill. Staying hydrated during labor (but not overhydrated, as IVs can cause edema which can cause tearing), and an upright position for second stage coupled with a mom pushing when she feels the urge, are optimal ways to avoid tearing, imo.

Always a favorite of mine: http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/honoring.asp

Almacham 02-22-2013 06:44 PM

Re: Bleeding During Perineal Massage? Prob.TMI
 
I would definitely bring that up.

momof3boys1girl 02-22-2013 09:56 PM

Re: Bleeding During Perineal Massage? Prob.TMI
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by birdinhand (Post 16321336)
I have mixed feelings about perineal massage. The body prepares so many ways for birth and breastfeeding, massaging the perineum seems like overkill. Staying hydrated during labor (but not overhydrated, as IVs can cause edema which can cause tearing), and an upright position for second stage coupled with a mom pushing when she feels the urge, are optimal ways to avoid tearing, imo.

Always a favorite of mine: http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/honoring.asp

I was thinking this too. Ive never done perineal massage with any four of mine all delivered by diff mws/obs all vaginally and never tore with any of them.

AniMommy 02-22-2013 10:23 PM

Never had any bleeding when I did it. I did it pretty regularly with DD1. No tearing. I didn't do it w DD2 and I had no tearing either (and she had a nucal hand).

canadianbakers 02-23-2013 07:16 AM

Re: Bleeding During Perineal Massage? Prob.TMI
 
I 2nd (or 3rd?) wondering about the validity of perineal massage. I've had 3 full term births and haven't torn with any of them, never did any massage or anything, just let my body do what it was going to do.
I don't think it can hurt, normally, but it sounds like your body doesn't like it for some reason.

canadianbakers 02-23-2013 07:16 AM

Re: Bleeding During Perineal Massage? Prob.TMI
 
:banghead: double post


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