The Other Kind of Prenatal Massage

I have about 10 different pregnancy apps that I consult each week to find out what’s going on with my body and my baby. Some focus mostly on the baby, some on the mother, some on the crazy preparations you should be doing for parenting. I like a good balance and a plethora of information, clearly.

I will admit that I tend to ignore a lot of the advice because I just don’t have time to do silly things like grocery shop for healthy food that is high in calcium and other such nonsense, but it doesn’t stop me from voraciously reading all about what kind of fruit my baby is this week (cantaloupe!) and how much he might weigh (4-5 pounds!).

This weekend one of the apps gave me a suggestion I was not prepared for. Apparently there is more than one kind of prenatal massage.

This is not a feel good massage, which I could definitely use right about now. It’s a massage to stretch out your lady bits. If you’re feeling scientific, it’s a perineal massage. And the app describes the process in alarming detail.

I have heard of this in the past in passing and I always kind of brushed it off as something that people who have very different child birthing philosophies than me, do. I’m not a new age-y person, I believe strongly in western medicine and hospital births and I don’t even want to see my placenta, let alone consider consuming it. But the more time that passes, the more I am finding myself somehow seriously considering it. Trust me, I’m shocked too.

On the one hand, the massage sounds horribly uncomfortable and awkward and so unlike anything I would ever want to do. But then I realize that the reason to do it is to prevent something even more horribly uncomfortable. I can’t help but wonder if a little short term awkwardness and discomfort in the peace and privacy of my own home is maybe better than the very public pain of the alternative.

So I’m wondering if any of you have done this other kind prenatal massage and if you felt it helped you during the big delivery.

Screen cap of Baby Bump app

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