Who better to ask than you lovely ladies? With DS, I had a second degree tear. I didn't feel anything at the time (thank you hypnobabies) but looking back I think the tear and the resulting stitches were the WORST part of the whole experience. I am wondering if because I already tore once, if I am likely to tear along the scar, or if there is a way to keep it from happening? Has anyone torn during their first delivery and not during subsequent deliveries? Did you do anything differently to keep it from happening the second time? I did push him out kind of fast at the end, so I know that's part of why I tore, but I would be SO HAPPY if I didn't have to have any stitches this time around. I am planning to do a little better with the perineal massage this time and to try not to push at all if possible since I'm guessing it will be a quick labor (talking to my midwives about not doing any pushing beyond what my body does on its own). But I just wonder if it's kind of inevitable that I will tear because I already did once?