It's a fact: a vaginal birth will leave you sore and swollen. But there's a lot you can do to help your bodys natural healing process.
Theres no denying that a vaginal birth will leave you sore and swollen. But the reality is unlikely to be as bad as you imagine, and the good news is theres a lot you can do to help your bodys natural healing process.
One way you can help prevent damage occurring to your nether regions is by perineal massage during the last few weeks of your pregnancy.
Massaging the perineum with sunflower or olive oil increases the elasticity of the area, allowing it to stretch nore easily around your baby's head.
'Evidence suggests that perineal massage during the later stages of pregnancy reduces the damage that occurs during birth,' says midwife Kim Mason.
Read on for more information about helping heal your body after birth.