Whether or not your vagina returns to its original size depends on a number of factors: genetics, the size of your baby, the number of children you've had, and whether you do Kegel exercises regularly. After giving birth vaginally, it's normal for the vagina to be larger than it was before, and this effect generally is more pronounced after the birth of a large baby. This is caused by relaxation of the pelvic floor musculature. These muscles will lose their tone with each successive birth, although pelvic floor exercises known as Kegels can help you tighten them up. If you haven't already done so, it's a good idea to do Kegels. Kegels involve perineal tightening and help to restore the tone of the muscles that surround the opening of the urethra, vagina, and anus.
"Should I be using a device to stretch my vagina before giving birth?"
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Are things going to be OK down there? Will it be forever changed? How does one's vagina fare after a C-section vs. And why isn't there a pamphlet or something for all this?
How to prepare for birth with vaginal stretching
When we think of avoiding an episiotomy in birth, we rarely think of anything beyond what our doctor or midwife can do for us. There are things that we can do for ourselves. In fact, prenatal perineal massage has been shown effective in preventing the need for an episiotomy and decreasing or eliminating the the tearing a woman has during the birth. This technique is particularly effective in women over the age of 20 and in women having their first baby. It involves massaging the skin of the perineum the area of skin between your vagina and rectum with oil to help stretch and prepare it for the birth.
You're going to do—or have already done—the seemingly impossible and deliver a small person. But even if you read the parenting books and listened to every person on the planet dish out advice wanted or not , we're gonna go ahead and bet there are a few important, ahem, changes, that no one warned you about. Here's what you need to know about what's going on downstairs post-baby-pushing.