Tearing during delivery sounds like pretty much the worse thing ever. As a mom who had a C-section, the thought of tearing is what scared me the most about attempting a vaginal delivery. It's pretty uncommon, but knowing how to prevent tearing during delivery can not only give you some extra security, but may save you from stitches during your postpartum recovery.
If you're confused about the difference between a tear and a cut, Parents noted that vaginal tears are spontaneous and happen to the perineum, the area between your vagina and rectum, when you're pushing the baby out. Although your vagina does stretch to accommodate your baby's head, sometimes a tear can happen because of the pressure and if your vagina doesn't stretch enough.
I know — it doesn't sound fun. But luckily, there are a few things you can try to help prevent tearing. Again, none of these are guaranteed to work, but they can't hurt to try so you feel a little more prepared heading into the delivery room.