Using an Epi-NO

This video is excerpted from my online course, Relax Into Birth, check it out here…

The epi-no can be your perineum’s best friend as you prepare in pregnancy for childbirth. The epi-no developed from traditional African culture where women insert different sized calabashes into their vagina to stretch the pelvic floor muscles in preparation for childbirth, to help prevent or avoid tearing or the need for an episiotomy.

In this video, I explain how to use the epi-no and why more pregnant mamas should use this medical device. It is important to note that use of the epi-no is no substitute for medical advice and that when using it, that you do not feel any pain. There will be mild discomfort, but training with an epi-no should never cause pain or tearing – as this means you have overdone it with your training.

Also note, you are not going to ‘push’ the epi-no out once inflated – you only need to do that once – when you birth your own baby! Check out www.epino.de for more info on the epi-no device.

If you do not have access to an epi-no, then you might want to try doing daily perineal massage manually, using your thumb and forefinger, massaging the perineum between your fingers with some natural-based oil, such as coconut or almond oil. This can also be done twice daily for five minutes each time. Perineal massage has its benefits, as it gets you more in touch with your body – and you need to know your body well when you prepare for childbirth, in addition to softening the tissues to allow for more stretching in childbirth. You may even choose to do perineal massage and epi-no training in conjunction to each other, as both have their unique benefits.