When giving birth, many women may either tear or have an episiotomy. What are the various degrees of a perineum tear or episiotomy? What household items increase your comfort while recovering? And is there anything you can do to make sex more enjoyable?
There's a lot of unknowns when it comes to being pregnant, and you may not be 100% comfortable asking your doctor all the questions you have buzzing around that pregnancy brain of yours. Will you really "poo" when you push? What's happening with your boobs? And will you ever fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes again?
If you plan to have a vaginal birth, you'll need to know your options when it comes to episiotomies versus letting your body tear naturally. Plus, what exactly is perineal massage and how is it used to help ease your baby through the birth canal?
Prior to having your first baby, you may have never heard of a pelvic floor. But this area of your body is part of your core, and it will play a large role in your labor and delivery. Learn how you can strengthen these muscles and protect it for years to come.