I've never had perineum issues during pregnancy before so I don't know how 'normal' this is or not. Thought I'd see if anyone has had or heard of this happening and can offer some ideas.
So my perineum has been pretty swollen for the past 2 weeks. Just on a daily basis too and not only after a BM or DTD, though after DTD it is even more swollen. At first I thought it was a Hemi but its not far enough back, is waayy bigger, and just doesn't feel the same. This week after I emptied my bladder and wiped it started bleeding. I either tore it or ripped it somehow. It healed up pretty fast but is still a little tender. Now I'm just worried about it opening up again during the next few weeks.
I had a 2nd degree tear with DS2 and that was only 16 months ago. Everything from that healed well I thought even though it took a while. Thinking this could be some of the issue. Also, this LO is also sitting reallly really low. My other 2 always sat high up in my ribs and this LO hasn't even kicked them once. I've been seeing the Chiro for about 2 months now (for hip and sciatic pain) and I think the adjustments have totally helped keep him/her low this time. Anyway, I don't know if the pressure from LO being low is adding to the perineum issue. Anyone ever had issue with swelling before baby arrived?
I totally started supporting that area during a BM over the last 2 weeks and keep a healthy diet with lots of veggies & fruits. Do you think using something like EPO, olive oil, or vit. E on my perineum would help keep things soft and at least minimize further tearing or ripping before delivery? Any other ideas?