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Apr 10, 2021
Perineal massage is a technique that helps increase the elasticity of the perineum for birth.
Preparing your perineum (the area of skin and muscles between your vagina and anus - the opening to your back passage) will help the muscle and skin to stretch more easily during vaginal birth.
It may also help you to know your body better and prepare you for the feeling of pressure and stretching that you will feel during the birth.
Regular perineal massage from 34 weeks of pregnancy makes you less likely to need an episiotomy or to have a tear that needs stitches, particularly if this is your first vaginal birth.
It’s recommended to do them 3-4 times a week for 3-4 minutes. With each massage, the tissues and muscles will feel more relaxed and softer so that the length of the massage can be increased.
You can do the massage on your own or with the help of your partner.
Prepare your body
Take a warm bath or use a warm washcloth compress to soften the area (10 minutes).
After washing your hands, settle into a relaxed, comfortable position, bringing your knees together and towards your chest and then open your knees like a book.
You could also try squatting against a wall, or standing with one foot raised and resting on the bath, toilet or a chair.
Put a small amount of massage oil on your perineum to make the massage more comfortable. You can use our Perineal Massage Oil or a food-based oil such as sweet almond, olive or sunflower oil.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR A PERINEAL MASSAGE
Using your thumbs (or index finger if your partner is massaging), insert them into your vagina to around the second finger joint and then place your forefingers on the skin of your perineum.
Press downwards towards your anus and to the sides until you feel a slight burning stretching sensation. Hold the stretch for 1 to 2 minutes.
Massage the area between your thumb and fingers outwards and upwards and back again in a “U” shape.
With time and practice, as your perineum becomes more elastic, you will increase your ability to relax and can increase the pressure towards your rectum.
Being able to relax through this feeling of increased pressure will help you to relax as you feel the pressure in labour and your baby’s head is about to be born.
If you feel pain at any point, stop and try again another time. If you continue to and this painful speak with your midwife or GP and they will help you to check your technique.
Given the choice between gifting a swaddle blanket in a cool print or a box of pads, most friends and family are definitely going to go with the blanket.
That’s why so many mums are taking recovery into their own hands, and are putting together their own DIY postpartum recovery kits and we are here for it.
We also love it when sisters, friends and vag-of-honors are doing it for them and we are here to make the process easy, which is why MBH has your gifting covered with all the postpartum essentials.
GIVE HER THE ESSENTIALS SHE ACTUALLY NEEDS
The Postpartum Essentials Bundle has everything mum will need to make her first few days and weeks of postpartum recovery as comfortable as possible.
Add a few boxes of our Brief-style Maternity Pads and she will have everything she needs for a smooth postpartum recovery and her vagina will thank you.
The kit includes the Peri Bottle, Perineal Balm, Perineal Spray (Perfect for making DIY padsicles), and Postpartum Bath Soak. The best part is, when she's gone through her stash, everything in the kit can be easily and individually replenished.
THE BEST BABY SHOWER GIFT FOR ANY MUM-TO-BE
When it comes to baby showers, most people tend to focus on the baby, but if you’ve been down this road or are looking for gift ideas that focus on mum, a really amazing baby shower gift idea if you really want to give that WOW factor, is to re-purposed a bar cart into a postpartum-care station.
Or you can do a simple caddy that she can use as a postpartum recovery kit. You can fill the shelves and baskets with everything mum will need as she recovers from bringing baby earthside.
You’ll want to include a Peri Bottle for keeping it clean down there or gentle C-section incision cleansing, a few boxes (3 pairs per box) of Brief-style Maternity Pads (these are a game changer) or Maternity Pads (8 per box), a bottle of Perineal Massage Oil for labour prep and a bottle or two of the Perineal Spray and a jar of Perineal Balm for vag-to-tush and hemorrhoid care.
To really top it off, add in a jar of the Postpartum Bath Soak perfect for quick healing sitz baths or an indulgent bath in the days following delivery.
Postpartum recovery isn’t glamorous, and it’s far from easy.
While we can’t wave a magic wand and make hemorrhoids disappear or perineal tears heal immediately, we can give new mums all the tools they’ll need to tackle their recovery with confidence and comfort. Because raising a human requires feeling like a human.
Jul 15, 2020
I have mixed emotions in welcoming my little ninja's second birthday. First, of course, is this pandemic and the rising number of cases daily. We had to cancel E's party and instead planned a small celebration at home with just us and our yayas. I count myself lucky because we were still able to stay open throughout the ECQ, despite limited manpower. Thank to you all mommies, who continuously trusted and supported us throughout this time. Second is realizing that my baby girl is growing up so fast that it amazes me how much she can do already. Looking at her run and discover new things makes me both happy and quite emotional.
Focusing on the positives - I wanted to write a short letter for Ellie so she can read it when she gets older. Hopefully websites and blogs are still functional in 16 years. 😅
My dearest ninja Ellie,
You're turning 2 tomorrow. I am so proud of who you are becoming. I used to feel bad because everyone says you look like your dad.. Now that's you're growing up, I see more of myself in you and I couldn't be happier.
You are brave. You push yourself to reach something - climbing beds, chairs, sofas, or whatever can help you achieve your goal. Eventhough our dogs are bigger than you, you still like to play with them.
You are smart. You have memorized the alphabet and can count from 1-20. You know how to identify so many animals and things!
You are loving. You hug anyone of us who cries and tap our shoulders to comfort us.
You are generous. You have a good heart.
Baby, I pray everyday that God guides you to grow up to be someone of which He can be proud and I thank Him everyday for giving us our miracle baby.
Thank you for making me a mom and I wil try my best to do you proud. I love you. ❤️
Dec 15, 2019
This past week has been one of the worst weeks of my life.
We spent the week before in Hongkong. It was a fun trip! We spent 2 days in Disneyland which is truly the happiest place on Earth! I swear, even at the age of 34, my heart still dances with excitement when I see Mickey Mouse. Haha!
It rained unexpectedly when we were there and the perfect 18C felt like it was 10C! I only brought a single spring jacket. I didn't expect it to that cold.. and of course, I got sick the next day. I had high fever and cough and because we were all in the same room, everyonce caught it. :(
Ellie's fever went up as soon as we got home. I brought her to her pedia the next morning because I was scared of bronchitis or penumonia. She was really feeling irritable. She wanted to be held all the time. She was crying too. Dra. Teodoro allowed us to go home with the condition that we bring her to the ER if her appetite decreases to half her usual. At 3:00pm, Ellie has only drank 10oz of milk. I texted Dra. and she told us that it's better to confine her. We rushed her to CSMC. Ellie's fever that time was already 40.3C. I was so scared. Thank God my parents went there to help me. I wasn't feeling well that time so I was at the brink of blacking out.
My poor baby was traumatized with the residents at the Pedia ER because they couldn't put her IV properly. They inserted the needle and FISHED INSIDE! They did it 4x!!! I get that Ellie is chubby but man, please don't practice with my daughter. My dad stopped them and requested for an Anesthesiologist. I talked to her pedia as well as Ellie's godmother doctor, Isaah, and they contacted the best one, Doc Marmie. She was the one who took care of me when I delivered Ellie. Doc Marmie was able to get a hold of Dra. Oracion, a pedia anes. She was fantastic. She was able to get the IV in, even with no visual! Amazing!
Anyway, we stayed at the hospital for a total of 3 nights. Ellie wanted me to carry her even when she slept so I stayed with her in bed. She cries EVERY SINGLE TIME a doctor or nurse comes into the room and we all know how many times that is, even in the middle of the night. Her eyes were puffy and her voice was hoarse from all that crying. It took all I had not to cry too. I had to suppress my emotions because I had to be strong for her. I had no choice.
Truly, being a mom makes you stronger than ever. I don't even know how I survived the week. I still feel like a deflated balloon. I'm just glad that Ellie's home safe and sound now.
Thank you to everyone who prayed for her recovery. Some even sent me private messages for prayer intentions in Church. I really appreciated all the support.
Thank you Lord for healing my daughter. Nothing is impossible with You.
Jul 15, 2019
I can't believe it's already been a year since I delivered you. Time really does pass quickly. I still remember when Papa and I were unsure if we will ever be blessed with a child. We prayed so hard for you and God delivered His promise when the the pregnancy test turned positive on November 23, 2017. I can still recall how I woke up early because your dad was going to the gym and I remembered that Dr. Milla instructed me to start taking my meds to regularize my period. I took the test "just because". I wasn't even wearing my glasses and I had to squint to see the results. I quickly showed your dad but he was still in denial! He went to work like nothing happened. It was only when he came home that he jumped with joy! Anyway, I took another test, this time using Clear Blue to make sure. It was faint but it was definitely positive!
Because we really couldn't believe it, we took so many pregnancy tests that month! We got so excited everytime it turned positive!
The journey wasn't easy. I had tachycardia, gestational hypertension and gestational diabetes starting my second trimester. I was hospitalized 3x and had to take so many vitamins. From going to the doctor 1-2x a year, the hospital now became my second home. There were so many tests to be done to make sure that you will be healthy. I thank God that even though I was weak most of the time, He protected and took care of you. You always got a 9/9 for your BSP.
I was induced at 36 weeks but you refused to come out! I was stuck at 1cm for 2 days! Haha. It was at 12MN when my doctor decided to give me a C-Section. You were finally born at 1:38AM with your Papa cutting the umbilical cord.
When I was out of the fog, Mama was so happy to see you. You were so cute and small. It was amazing to see you in person!
Oh, how we love you pretty girl! The next months went by so fast. You learned things quickly. Now, you are a smart, bubbly and very malikot little ninja. We are so proud of you baby. Always remember that we will here for you no matter what. We love you so much!