There, we said it. And how to lessen the odds that it will. Tears are common in women having their first vaginal birth. These obstetric tears are almost always tears of the perineum the area between the vagina and rectum that occur when pushing a baby out.
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Giving birth can be so many things: magical, overwhelming, and terrifying, to name a few. But the prospect of tearing below the belt during a vaginal birth is a particularly worrisome aspect for many pregnant people. Between 53 and 79 percent of vaginal deliveries result in some kind of tearing, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Your body does a pretty stellar job of preparing your vagina for the massive undertaking of childbirth.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: there really is no good way for a baby to get from the inside to the outside of your body. But if that route is through your vagina, chances are you might experience some tearing. No, we don't mean tearing up, although you might cry a little when your doctor or midwife tells you how many stitches they just sewed into your crotch.