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."