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Birthing Balls

(11 Posts)
Strawberrimoon Sat 12-Nov-16 09:19:45

Hi all,

First time mum here looking for a bit of advice on birthing balls; where to get, how good are they and when should i start using it? I'm currently 26+1/40 and luckily haven't had too much discomfort so far. Any advice welcome smile xo

Nikki2ol6 Sat 12-Nov-16 09:28:11

I got mine from Argos, I got the larger one. And it's pink smile. It's amazing I have only jjsy blown it up last week at 31 weeks and I quite enjoy sitting on it gently bouncing as i watch tv in the evenings

DontBuyANewMumCashmere Sat 12-Nov-16 09:30:11

Got mine off amazon I think. It's an extra large one as I'm tall. Birthing balls are different to exercise balls iirc, don't remember why. Think I started using mine around 30 weeks.

HughLauriesStubble Sat 12-Nov-16 14:13:14

I'm 22 weeks and have been using mine to relieve spd for the last few weeks. Think i started around 30 weeks in previous pregnancies. Loads of 'figure 8s' to get the baby and pelvis in a good position! My physio said that the ball must be big enough that your hips are above your knees when sitting on it. I think she said a regular fitness ball is ok too? A 65cm ball is usually big enough for most people but if you're really tall you'll need a bigger one.

AlwaysDancing1234 Sat 12-Nov-16 14:15:52

I just bought an "anti burst" exercise ball from Argos. Used to sit on it watching tv and gently bounce and rotate hips. Baby was transverse for a while and it helped her turn head down. I found it more comfortable than the sofa!

bumptittybump Sat 12-Nov-16 14:46:43

From what I was told maternity ones aren't different to gym balls, but you should get one that is antiburst for safety. The cheaper gym ones might not be. Hips should be above knees. I'm about 5'3 and have a 65cm one but only pumped up to about 55cm. It's the davina one from Argos.

Nottalotta Sat 12-Nov-16 21:12:45

What are the benefits?

mininionsteve Sat 12-Nov-16 21:16:49

I used one when I was pregnant. It helped take the pressure off my lower back. Now I use to bounce on when my baby needs extra help sleeping. It's brilliant!

Christmasbaby16 Sun 13-Nov-16 09:00:29

We boughtone from argos and I sit on it for around an hour each evening. Baby was in an unstable lie but has now got into correct position. Is it due to birth ball....I font know but potentially and for £5 it was worth it!

Dixiechick17 Sun 13-Nov-16 19:16:37

I just got a anti burst gym ball from sports direct for 7 pounds, medium size. I started using it from around 37 weeks.

Andbabymakesthree Sun 13-Nov-16 19:53:13

I brought a birth ease one. It was fab. In fact time to blow it up tonight.

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