Re: Birthing things
I had an episiotomy with my first and didn't tear or have another episiotomy with the next two (and #1 and #2 are 19 months apart). All three were natural births.
However, hoenstly, if you do get an epidural, it is possibly more likely that you will tear, because you will not be able to feel the amount of pressure and gauge when to lighten up on pushing. Also, you will not be able to utilize different positions that might be needed to help ease the baby out better, you'll be stuck on your back.
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