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Hobby2014 Sat 02-Aug-14 14:42:05

Encourage labour to start?

Over the last 10 days or so I keep getting period pains on and off, braxton hicks on and off, looser bowels etc and am hoping this is the slow start of things.
Would bouncing on the ball help things along, or just a waste of time?
I'm 40+2.

lighteningmcmama Sat 02-Aug-14 15:51:23

It did for me. Did 24 hours of bouncing in the ball, labor started next day. Of course ppl will say I would have gone into labor that day anyway, but for me I felt a connection between the two

If you do it while doing other things, watching something or reading or eating dinner you won't even notice it.

stargirl1701 Sat 02-Aug-14 15:55:04

It did for me. 14 hours bouncing whilst watching the Olympics the day before DD arrived.

Hobby2014 Sat 02-Aug-14 16:12:45

Ok, I'm clearly doing it half arsed.
I've been doing an hour here and there, not as long as you's!
Going to bounce until bed time!

Hobby2014 Sat 02-Aug-14 17:58:24

Do I bounce for the whole time, or rock, wiggle, thrust etc inbetween or at the same time as bouncing?
Nearly 2 hours of bouncing now.
No baby.

rainbowfeet Sat 02-Aug-14 18:04:52

Friend of mine is a senior midwife & says they are fab for the onset of labour as it encourages baby down the birth canal she also recommends rocking swimming & gentle stair climbing!!

stargirl1701 Sat 02-Aug-14 18:09:48

I varied. Bouncing, rocking, on all fours, etc.

lighteningmcmama Sat 02-Aug-14 19:33:42

I just bounced and really tried to put the pressure of the bounce down below.

lighteningmcmama Sat 02-Aug-14 19:34:19

Hope it works for you, or that something does!

Hobby2014 Sat 02-Aug-14 20:47:24

Nearly 5 hours on it now.
Got backache, not sure if that's progression or if my back doesn't like the ball!
Had a few niggly pains but not much else. sad.

thatstoast Sat 02-Aug-14 20:51:27

How tall are you? I spent the last month on my ball only for the midwife to tell me the day before I was induced that it was too small for my height. Also, ask the midwife to show you what movements she thinks will help.

Hobby2014 Sat 02-Aug-14 20:57:59

I'm 5ft5"
Final time I see her is tues, for sweep confused then the next tues is induction. I'll ask her Tuesday, until then I'll have to hope this one is ok. I just want this baby out now!

stargirl1701 Sat 02-Aug-14 22:28:02

My contractions started at 2am after the marathon bouncing session.

BillieViper Sat 02-Aug-14 22:49:30

Did bugger all for me.
Stupid ball.
I had it in the birthing room - my dp was looking after our other two and i didn't want an induction.
So it was my only company should have called it Wilson

ooerrmissus Sat 02-Aug-14 22:52:39

Made no difference to me, but bloody good fun. I could get across the living room and back.

Onethirdamidwife Sun 03-Aug-14 08:45:23

You need the right size of ball - thighs and legs should be at 90 degrees, legs wide open, sitting upright or leaning over a dining chair.

Rocking, bouncing any movement with your hips will open up your pelvis though labour won't start until you and baby are ready!!

Good luck x

Hobby2014 Sun 03-Aug-14 13:43:00

I bounced for 6 hours yesterday and still no baby.
I am bouncing again today. whilst having stern words with my belly

stargirl1701 Sun 03-Aug-14 16:27:31

Keep trying! I'm doing the same trying to encourage DC2 along. 38+1 today so a wee while to go I think grin

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