Quick Things You Can Do In the Final Furlong to Make Birthing Easier

1. Perineal massage: massaging and toning the perineum to make sure that it doesn’t tear during childbirth and ‘pings’ back into shape. Just like exercising your perineum.

2. Drink raspberry leaf tea: raspberry leaf tea has been shown to speed up the second part of labour when drank from around 28 weeks. Please refer to the label on the tea/capsules you are using as the dates advised often vary.

3. Yoga for strengthening and opening: Strengthening the leg muscles for squatting and strength bearing and also focusing on opening the hips and pelvis for comfortable birthing.

This blog is adapted from the revised edition of Birth ROCKS by Cheryl MacDonald, available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

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