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Vogue Williams has revealed how she avoided painful tearing during the birth of her first child, and expectant mums might want to take note…

Giving birth (opens in new tab) is not a walk in the park, and anything that can be done to make it just a tiny bit easier or less painful is worth trying.

That’s exactly what Vogue Williams, who welcomed son Theodore (opens in new tab) back in September, thought ahead of becoming a mum for the first time.

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Speaking on the Made by Mammas Podcast with Zoe Hardman and Georgia Dayton, the new mum revealed how she prepared for the birth using something that promises to accustom the vagina to the stretching required in childbirth - the birth training device Epi-No (opens in new tab).

She said: ‘I didn’t have any tearing. I used an Epi-no. I hated using it but I used it for three weeks before the birth.

‘It’s a balloon that you put inside you and you do your kegel exercises. You blow it up and it exercises you... Lube is essential by the way.

'It really worked, it gets your muscles ready for it, it really worked for me. I was terrified of tearing badly.’

However, the mum admitted that despite managing to avoid tearing, it still wasn’t an easy experience: ‘But it still is painful down there obviously.’

‘People really terrified me about childbirth and I don’t think it was as scary as all the stories that you hear.

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Vogue, who shared her pregnancy and parenting experience with fans in the show she had with now husband Spencer - Spencer, Vogue and Baby Too - is loving parenthood.

She said: ‘I absolutely love it, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.

‘I think we’ve got a good baby he’s a good eater and sleeper. Both of us really wanted children for quite a while, I’ve wanted kids for years and years.’

Have you tried Epi-no or something similar before you gave birth? Did it help? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know your thoughts!

Mariana is a lifestyle writer who has written for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life. She joined the Goodto.com team as an intern after completing her journalism MA at City University. After six months spent writing about food, celebrity news, and family trends, Mariana left to write for Healthy Food magazine - but returned in 2017, to join the Future team once again. In her spare time, you’ll find Mariana in the kitchen cooking for her friends.