Can I prevent an episiotomy?
There are no certain ways of preventing tearing or episiotomy but you can try the following during active labor to minimize the need for one:
During your pregnancy, you can also help your perineum prepare for birth by using perineal massage. Perineal massage uses creams and/or oil to help soften the area to enable it to stretch more easily. For more detailed steps, see the article on What is Perineal Massage?