Natural Birthing Company Down Below Perineal Massage Oil 50ml
Down Below Perineal Massage Oil has been specially formulated for the intimate area of the perineum and its fragrance free blend ensures it is safe use in pregnancy.
Down Below is safe to use (it is purposefully made for the job!), approved by the Vegan Society, natural, fragrance free, nut-free, allergen-free and it is also multi-purpose.
Reduces the Risk of Tearing
Research has shown that perineal massage from 34 weeks of pregnancy can reduce the risk of needing a cut in labour or badly tearing. Down Below contains a blend of Evening Primrose Oil, Rosehip Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Calendula Oil which are rich in antioxidants, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, assists in skin elasticity and promote skin healing.
Calms the Appearance of Stretch Marks
Down Below isn’t just for perineal massage! Down Below contains a blend of hydrating and moisturising oils which makes it perfect to use on areas prone to stretch marks, such as the stomach, hips, thighs and breasts. The added Rosehip Oil also aids in skin elasticity, making it perfect to use on your growing bump.
Perfect for Sensitive Skin
During pregnancy your perineum can be a very sensitive area and highly prone to irritations or thrush. We therefore felt it important to not put any fragrance or essential oil into our Down Below, especially as some women find these type of ingredients leaves them feeling sore in their intimate area. In fact, Down Below is totally allergen free so it’s perfect for the most sensitive of skin!
Down Below is perfect for…
Itchy, irritated skin
Sensitive skin (No Allergens and Fragrance-Free)
How do I Perform Perineal Massage?
The first thing is to make sure you (or your partner) have clean hands and short fingernails, that you have emptied your bladder and are relaxed in a place where you won’t be disturbed. Some women find a mirror handy to help visualise the area, whilst incorporating it into the bedtime routine after a bath or shower is also popular as it brings warmth to the tissues surrounding the area which helps the process. Positioning can be how you feel you’re most comfortable; semi –sitting, one foot up on the toilet, bath or stool, squatting against a wall.
Next place 1-2 drops of Down Below massage oil onto your fingers (forefingers and middle fingers) and apply to the outside of your perineum. Place your thumbs about 2 inches (5 cm] into your vagina.
Press downwards with your thumbs in the direction of your anus so that you can feel the stretch of the muscles surrounding the vagina and the vaginal tissues. Once you have this downward pressure, use your thumbs to sweep from side to side in a rhythmic “U” shape/hammock movement. Whilst massaging the perineum from the outside with your other fingers. When massaging, apply steady pressure towards the anus. This may tingle, but should not hurt! This will also help you to recognise the sensation that you experience when your baby’s head begins to crown.
Focus on relaxing your pelvic floor muscles as you massage, you will notice a difference in how it feels inside, it’s really useful to have an understanding of this when it comes to giving birth because a tense pelvic floor will in a sense fight against you trying to push the baby out!
The perineum will possibly feel tight when you first start, but in time you will begin to feel a change as the tissues relax and stretch; remember this should not hurt! If your partner is performing the massage, just follow the same instructions but ask them to use their index fingers using the same “U” shape/ hammock motion. It is important to tell your partner how much pressure to apply.
All Midwives know about perineal massage and most will talk to you about it towards the end of your pregnancy so if you’re still unsure if it’s right for you check with your midwife!