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Ensant Peri Balm: Childbirth shouldn't be a pain in the behind

02/19/2008 at 08:00 AM ET

8418c61adf8f2ee0c51bf7b65f4daeeb_imAfter my son was born two years ago, I had a 3rd degree tear and then didn’t heal well at all. It took almost a year for my body to get back to almost normal. Maybe if I had done some perineal massage beforehand, things would have been better for me. Right before we found out baby Allegra was breech, I was testing out Ensant’s Peri Balm, because I didn’t want to go through the same problems.

Ensant makes soothing skin care for pregnant women. The products are designed to help with all the unpleasant surprises of pregnancy and birth. Because we all know there are bunch- and sometimes it’s a little hard to discuss how to prevent this, with your girlfriends over a cup of coffee).

Their Peri Balm, for helping to minimize perineal tearing, when used in conjunction with perinatal massage, will help stretch that delicate area. 100% natural, the ingredients include jojoba oil, beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E, meadowfoam seed oil and coconut oil. To read about some of the benefits of perineal massage, click here. Included are directions on how to massage (a good job for your birthing partner to help with). The massaging should be started weeks before you give birth to help the skin down there stretch.

Ensant’s products were created by a mom. As someone who experienced a difficult recovery after the birth of my first child, I was happy to hear that the company takes a proactive approach to pregnancy. The company’s website says,

        Our products are created to help prepare the body. Think about it: Gymnasts don’t enter
        competition without limbering up first. It’s only logical that we limber up, too … moisturizing
       and regular massage can aid your skin retain it’s precious balance & elasticity. This can
        dramatically lower your chances of incurring stretch marks and episiotomy.

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