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Are birthing balls same as the gym balls????

(10 Posts)
biglips Sat 02-Aug-08 11:52:07

i wouldnt have a clue!!


Bronze Sat 02-Aug-08 11:54:44

Yes. smile

amidaiwish Sat 02-Aug-08 12:08:09

pretty much, but make sure they are burst resistant.

Sidge Sat 02-Aug-08 12:09:18

Yes and about a third of the price!

I got mine in Argos for about £8 and it lasted through 2 pregnancies and is now used for physio for DD2.

Ceolas Sat 02-Aug-08 12:11:09

I got one in Asda for about a fiver last year. I think they come in different sizes, so compare with an 'official' birthing ball to be sure

bikerunski Sat 02-Aug-08 13:12:30


You need a 65cm one, as the smaller ones may not support the heft of a pg lady bouncing around in the later weeks. I got mine from Argos for £8 a couple of weeks ago. It's a Reebok one and comes with an adaptor to attach it to a bicycle pump. You'll get fit just be blowing it up! Argos do a cheaper one, but is smaller and has no bike adaptor.

cheerfulvicky Sat 02-Aug-08 16:05:21

I got mine from Tesco, it was about £6 in their sale. Came with a pump too, it's lovely!
I wish I had got a 65 cm one (mine is 55 cm) as although I'm only 5 foot 3, I could have done with being perched a bit higher. They are ace though!

notcitrus Sat 02-Aug-08 20:21:58

Apparently the Argos £4.99 ones aren't burst resistant, so it's worth paying the £8.99 to get a 65cm Reebok one from Argos.

But unless you're about 5'11 or more, don't get the 75cm Reebok one which is £12.99 and just too big if you're only 5'8... gym balls are one of the items you can't return.

Guess which size I bought first...

bikerunski Sat 02-Aug-08 22:39:15

I'm 5'8" and the 65 cm Reebok one is spot on.

sushistar Sat 02-Aug-08 22:43:47

Yes. The whole 'birthing ball' thing is a rip-off imo. Gym ball is fine.

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