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now pregnant with my second is there anything I can do in the lead up to next birth to minimise tearing the second time round?

I had quite significant tearing & epi cut with first birth and the recovery time was lengthy, now pregnant with my second is there anything I can do in the lead up to next birth to minimise this the second time round? As it is now scar tissue will tearing be worse?

Sarah...
Answer: Hi, It is great to plan ahead for your next birth. Perineal massage is very benefcial in helpig to reduce perineal trauma during birth. Your partner can help with this. You are still at an increased risk of tearing but it is better to tear rather than be cut as it will heal much faster and will be less painful. Best wishes, Alex.
Answered: 12 May 2011