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7 Ways to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

7 Ways to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

7 Ways to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

All pregnancy is both a pain and a joy, some mothers-to-be just have a different percentage of the experience of each emotion. But no matter how the rest of the pregnancy was to us, we all share one emotion when it comes to childbirth- fear of tearing.


But there are ways to help you sleep better during the nights before labor starts. You will sleep better because you will know better!

Here are some practical things you can do that might reduce your risk of tearing during childbirth – or at least, reduce the severity of your tear. Phew!!

 

1. Use a Warm Compress During Birth


Bear with me, I know it doesn’t sound like much, but applying warmth to your perineum during crowning can help prevent the worst tearing – and give you some relief!

This is a really simple technique and it literally takes no time to set it up. It is perfect for when you’re in labor and need something NOW!

7 Ways to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

2. Have a Waterbirth


Naturally, if you’re having a waterbirth, you’ll already be feeling the benefits of warm water. It is proven that brave ladies who had the natural birth actually experienced significantly less tearing during pushing because they could pace themselves more accurately and also felt at ease because of the warm water.

If you find that a waterbirth isn’t your ideal birth plan, don’t worry. A good tip is also that just take a warm shower right before pushing starts (or whenever the latest possible).!

7 Ways to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

 

3. Change Your Positions


Most probably than not, the majority of us have only seen childbirth on TV. And the mama is usually shown lying flat on her back, holding her /long lost, but arrived in the last second/ husband.

Well, I am here to break the myth. Laying flat on the back actually this isn’t the easiest position to give birth in, because it makes for a smaller opening for baby to get through. And let’s not forget gravity. Any upright and open position may help you avoid tearing.

 

7 Ways to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

 

4. Perineal Massage

 Perineal massage is basically massaging the area between your vagina and bottom in your last trimester to prepare for the stretch of childbirth. Honestly, for a lot of you, your reaction will be a straight-up ‘No’ from me! But if you’re up for it, perineal massage might help prevent tearing during childbirth.

 

7 Ways to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

5. Use a Lubricant

In your third trimester of pregnancy, it is recommended to start using a lubricant like a coconut oil or some essential oils to massage your perineum. You can massage the area where tearing is prone and around.

7 Ways to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

6. Try Swimming

Giving birth is harder than any exercises you will or have ever done! So make sure you’re physically ready for labor by doing some exercise; now, I’m not saying about running the marathon, but if you have an option to visiting an indoor pool around your home or better yet, swim out n the open sea, your boy will be grateful for such preparations. As exercise improves circulation and skin elasticity, this is a simple and easy way to help prevent tearing during childbirth.


Since every pregnancy is unique it is strongly recommended that you always speak to the appropriate medical professional before undertaking any exercise program.

7 Ways to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

7. Do Kegel Exercisess

One type of beneficial exercise to open up your pelvic muscles is to do some kegals, or pelvic floor exercises. These types of exercises can also prevent pain in labor and any leakage that may happen!

Kegel exercises have you tighten and relax your vagina muscles. These are easy to do while you watch TV or even in the car.

 

7 Ways to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

 


* this should NOT be taken as medical advice. Although lots of women have found these tips to relieve pain in childbirth, each birth is different and so they may not work for you. If in doubt, please seek appropriate medical advice.


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TOG rating guide

Romper size guide

Shoe size guide

Washing tips

 

TOG rating guide 

 TOG rating products type ambient/room temp.

≤ 1.0 TOG

classic, organic

or silky soft

75°-81°F

24°-27°C

≤ 1.7 TOG

multi-layers soft and comfy

69°-74°F

21°-24°C

≤ 2.5 TOG

snug sleeping

quality

61°-68°F

16°-20°C

≤ 3.5 TOG

cozy snug

for outdoors

54°-59°F

12°-15°C


*please allow 1-2 cm difference due to manual manufacturing. 

 

Romper size guide

 size fit age fit length bust

3M

0-3 months

-49 cm

50 cm

6M

4-6 months

50-53 cm

52 cm

9M

7-9 months

54-57 cm

55 cm

12M

10-12 months

58-61 cm

58 cm

18M

13-18 months

62-68 cm 61 cm
24M

19-24 months

69-78 cm 70 cm
 

*please allow 1-2 cm difference due to manual manufacturing. 


Shoe size guide

 US

EU

UK / AU

Heel to Toe (cm / inch)

5.5

21.5

4.5

13,5 cm / 5"

6

22

5

14 cm / 5 1/8"

7

23

6

14,5 cm / 5 1/2"

8

24

7

15 cm / 5 3/4"

9

25

8

15,5 cm / 6 1/8"

 

*please allow 1-2 cm difference due to manual manufacturing.  

 

Washing tips

How to care for your child's clothes

Cotton rompers are soft, made with breathable fabric that's ideal for your baby's delicate skin. It’s also incredibly easy to care for and stays soft wash after wash—two qualities every parent loves in a fabric.

Here are a few tips to keep your Grabsi items looking fresh and new:

1. Wash before first use

 

 Set machine to a normal cycle. Select cold for colors and warm/hot for whites. Before placing items of like colors in the machine, zip all zippers and snap all snaps to prevent the fastenings from snagging. Also, for the same reason, avoid washing your items with anything that has Velcro on it. Once the cycle is finished, remove items promptly from the washing machine. Tumble dry on low.

2. Do not iron or dry clean


3. Enjoy the time with your child

 

How to get rid of the stains

It has happened before that a baby has left a stain of his or her new clothes. That’s just what they do. We love them, but they are clumsy indeed. So, here are some tips on how to get rid of those nasty stains on your items:

Pre-treating stubborn stains

To spot clean a stain, mix chlorine-free bleach with water to create a pasty substance and gently rub into the stain with a toothbrush or stain brush. To soak a stain, fill a sink or basin with hot water and chlorine-free bleach. Soak items for at least one hour. Rinse dirty water and repeat if necessary.

Hand-washing

Fill a basin with warm water and add .5 fl. oz. of your laundry detergent. Mix the water and detergent, using your hands to gently agitate your item. Soak for one hour. Do not worry if color appears in your water, this is normal. Run cool water through item until rinse water is no longer soapy. Squeeze or push out the water. Hang to dry, lay flat, or tumble dry on low. Do not dry any items that still have stains.