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What is episiotomy or perineal tear?

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During a vaginal delivery, the area between the vagina and anus (the perineum) can tear. Or it may be cut by the doctor so your baby can be delivered more easily. This is called an episiotomy.

SOURCES:

Van Groenou, A. Ten Speed Press, 2004. The Active Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy,

KidsHealth.org, “Pregnancy Precautions: FAQs.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “OTC Medicines and Pregnancy: What should women who are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or are breastfeeding know?” and “Recovering from Delivery.”

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: “Pregnancy-related problems – Home Treatment.”

Murkoff, H. and Mazel, S. Workman Publishing Co., 2008. What to Expect When You’re Expecting, 4th Edition,

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Van Groenou, A. Ten Speed Press, 2004. The Active Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy,

KidsHealth.org, “Pregnancy Precautions: FAQs.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “OTC Medicines and Pregnancy: What should women who are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or are breastfeeding know?” and “Recovering from Delivery.”

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: “Pregnancy-related problems – Home Treatment.”

Murkoff, H. and Mazel, S. Workman Publishing Co., 2008. What to Expect When You’re Expecting, 4th Edition,

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 24, 2019

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