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I'm often asked about the benefits of Birth Balls, and how they differ from Exercise Balls.
Birth Balls can be invaluable throughout your pregnancy, during labour, and postnatally.
Regularly sitting on your Birth Ball will encourage good posture, which will help your baby settle into the Optimal Foetal Position. This will increase your chances of a quicker, and more straightforward labour. During your 3rd trimester, your Birth Ball can also be used in a variety of
ways to help you rest more comfortably.
When you're in labour, sitting on your Birth Ball helps to open your pelvis into a squatting position, making more space inside your pelvis for your baby to move down easily. But your weight is completely supported by the Ball, taking any strain away from the legs. It can also be used to rest, in between your contractions.
Postnatally, your Birth Ball can be used to exercise with, to regain strength in your core muscles. Sitting on your Birth Ball with your baby, bouncing gently, can also be a great way to calm an upset baby. If your baby has any digestive irritation, lying your baby on their tummy on your Birth Ball, whilst carefully holding their feet and/or legs, and slowly rolling the Ball can help to sooth your baby.
It is important to get a Birth Ball which is the correct size for you, so that your posture is correct to encourage your Baby into the Optimal Foetal Position. Your knees need to be lower than your hips with your feet firmly planted on the floor.
For this reason, I have 3 sizes: Red - 22” (55cm), Blue - 26” ( 65cm) and Yellow - 30” (75cm).
Each comes with it's own Power Pump and is only £20.
Please let me know if you are interested in buying a Birth Ball, and how tall you are, so that I can make sure you get the right size. You can either pay me by cash or cheque when you collect the ball or by Debit/Credit Card by clicking the PayPal button on the right.
The difference between Birth Balls, and Exercise Balls is mainly safety and size. Most Exercise/Gym balls are smaller than Birth Balls, leading to incorrect posture when sitting on the Ball. Birth Balls also have an in-built safety factor, which means they will NOT burst when punctured, but will deflate, VERY slowly. My son, Oscar, tested this out on my last Birth Ball, so I know it works!