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Birth balls - worth it?

(15 Posts)
mssleepyhead Tue 22-Apr-14 21:00:30

I'm only 22 weeks but am finding sitting on my sofa and dining chairs really uncomfortable/painful for my back and am wondering if a birth/exercise ball might be worth a try, or if it's far too soon for that? Anyone got any experience?
Thank you!

stargirl1701 Tue 22-Apr-14 21:06:24

I am 23 weeks with DC2 and use mine all the time. I found it the perfect height with DD too. Love mine grin

Thatsnotmyfigure Tue 22-Apr-14 21:15:35

It's worth a go if you're uncomfortable already and they do get you in the right position ie not slumped

mssleepyhead Tue 22-Apr-14 21:51:18

Sold! Just ordered one : ) thank you!

qazxc Tue 22-Apr-14 22:27:26

By far the most comfortable seat in the house as time goes on. I also love kneeling on floor "hugging" my ball, it feels sooo good on my lower back.

FunnyFoot Tue 22-Apr-14 22:29:52

Mine bust after 10 minutes of being sat on it sad.

*Disclaimer I was carrying very large twins and the size of a house at the time but it still made me cry because I was so mahoosive I burst a birthing ball.

tgrayson Tue 22-Apr-14 22:44:48

I found them very beneficial, most hospitals have them but of you like it might be worth taking it worth you. I used mine in early labour until I was able to use the birthing pool.

SixImpossible Tue 22-Apr-14 22:49:52

I didn't really use my birthing ball for labour, but found it invaluable from about your stage onward. The dc played with it for years afterwards as well.

ecofreckle Tue 22-Apr-14 22:51:15

great decision op! I loved rolling my hips on mine as I watched downton. I think it helps with optimal foetal positioning as well? Great help with ante natal yoga too.

Dunwhingin Tue 22-Apr-14 22:53:02

you wont regret getting one, it made a HUGE difference to me, especially with the lower back pain and the aches the lower dd got and the larger I was
I was paranoid about breach and back to back and I religiously did all the exercises my mw suggested and it worked grin
mine has been to two friends now who both loved it

weebairn Wed 23-Apr-14 06:45:57

We also used ours LOADS after the birth for settling baby. Bounce bounce bounce bounce

mssleepyhead Fri 25-Apr-14 22:45:23

The birth ball came! Blew it up, sat on it, and it's kind of painful... Did anyone else experience this? Wondering if it will take a while for my muscles to get used to it?

rachyconks Fri 25-Apr-14 22:47:36

Yes mssleepyhead. I didn't enjoy sitting on mine in either pregnancy. It gave me backache. I did persevere towards the end to help engage the head - but it didn't give me the relief I was hoping for!

PotatoPolly Fri 25-Apr-14 22:51:31

Doing figures of 8 on mine as we speak, as part of Operation Evict Baby!
Although I do feel a bit of a hippo as I think it's slowly going down!
TK Maxx has a good range grin

dannydyerismydad Fri 25-Apr-14 22:55:17

I used one of those huge orange space hoppers. I needed the horns to stop me rolling off.

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