How to Prevent Tears

Preventing Tears

Prevent tearing during birth – and build pelvic floor health for life. No more fear of trampolines, coughs, or laughs 😉

Class Replay

Handouts and Resources

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The Pink Kit – I highly recommend the entire Pink Kit, but the Internal Work is especially helpful in understanding relaxation and helping prevent tears. The discussion and video on positions is helpful too. As you notice what makes your pelvis feel more “open,” also notice what makes your perineum feel tight vs. softer.

A Midwife’s Guide to an Intact Perineum – a great article from midwife Gloria LeMay.

Katy Says – Katy Bowman’s site has a wealth of information on women’s health from a holistic, movement-oriented perspective. She also has great information on keeping our babies and kids’ movement habits healthy from the start (so maybe our daughters won’t develop the habits we have to break!)

Esther Gokhale’s blog on pregnancy posture – this gives great illustrations of posture and how it impacts our bodies. Check out the rest of Esther’s site. What she talks about is helpful to your back, your pelvis – really, your entire body!

Another guide to pelvic floor self-massage – this is from an author of a book on resolving pelvic pain and is pretty complete (it does include information on her books/DVDs which I have not reviewed personally)

A good article with further resources on healing scar tissue/pain

Cod Liver Oil Fact Sheet

Information on the scar treatment mentioned in the class (to discuss with your doctor):
Mix 9cc of 0.5% marcaine with 1cc of depo-medrol, 40mg/cc, and shake well. It’s a white mixture that is injected, using a 22-gauge needle, into the area of tenderness to form a wheal. A smaller needle is not as helpful, as the injection should “break up”+ the scar tissue.

Original August 2015 Class Replay

Here’s the class replay – thank you for a wonderful class! Click to listen or download:

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