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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? The EVOO Massage

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? The EVOO Massage

When you get pregnant you have to give up being self conscious about a handful of areas on your body. One of them is the perineum. The perineum being the muscular area just below the vagina that has to stretch during childbirth in order for your little one to be born. Why, must you forgo your fears of the area? Researchers have found that women who massage their perinea before childbirth have fewer episiotomies, a surgical incision through the perineum made to enlarge the vagina and assist childbirth.

Luckily, my doctors made me fully aware of this procedure before it became an issue, but iVillage's exclusive clip from Tina Fey's new movie Baby Mama reminded me how important the EVOO massage can be and how dreadful the experience might be for someone who hadn't been debriefed on the subject.

For tips on how the EVOO massage actually works,


Michael M. Beckmann, MD, and Andrea J. Garrett of the QE2 Jubilee Hospital in Queensland, Australia told WebMD:

"Woman or partner performed daily 5- to 10-minute perineal massage from 34 weeks [of pregnancy]. One or two fingers are introduced 5 centimeters [about 2 inches] into the vagina, applying alternating downward and sideward pressure using sweet almond oil."

For more about episiotomies check out the WebMD guide. If you need a laugh now you can try and win tickets to a special screening of Baby Mama and check out exclusive previews of the flick.

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macgirl macgirl 9 years
My delivery nurse was doing this to me with mineral oil when my baby was crowned and the doctor wasn't there yet. It was disturbing ;-)
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
aujah I though EVOO was Extra Virgin Olive Oil too!
babysugar babysugar 9 years
I remember the woman in my birthing class telling us to do this. I asked my doctor about it and she said, "Not necessary. Don't worry about that." Thank goodness because I just don't think I could have handled that.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 9 years
EVOO?? Extra Virgin Olive Oil? the video did not work so i will just go with rubbing olive oil all over me.... :)
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
i wish i had known about this... altho i'm sure it would have been quite the challenge at 8 mos
bushra bushra 9 years
heard about this but was all in vain as i had an emergency c-section :OOPS:
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
i heard about this during pregnancy but was not enthusiastic enough to do it much at all let alone regularly. i was scared, but luckily i only got a small tear, with soluble stitches, and everything is back to normal now ;)
abqmama abqmama 9 years
I hadn't heard about this during my pregnancies but when I was in labor the midwife did it and it worked like a charm. I can't imagine having to have stitches. Ouch.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Wow... didn't even know that anything would help with this. I am learning all kinds of stuff on this website! I have heard that it is better for you to tear instead of getting cut. Is that true? The reasoning I've heard is that your muscle will rip naturally and then it is easier for it to heal itself.
jujo522 jujo522 9 years
WHY DIDN'T ANYBODY TELL ME!!! I know this know for when we decide for baby No. 2.. Thanx!
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