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Birthing balls, also known as exercise balls, birth balls, or labour balls, are a popular tool used by expectant mothers during pregnancy and labour. Made from durable, anti-burst material, they provide a supportive and flexible surface that can help ease discomfort, improve posture, and prepare for childbirth. In this blog, we'll explore the benefits of using birthing balls and how they can help support you during pregnancy and labor.
Birthing balls are a great tool for relieving discomfort during pregnancy. They help to ease the pressure on the back, hips, and pelvis, providing a supportive surface to sit or lean on during long periods of standing or sitting.
Birthing balls can help to improve posture, which can be especially important during pregnancy as your body changes and shifts. By sitting on the ball, you can help to correct your posture and maintain good alignment, reducing discomfort and reducing the risk of injury.
Enhances Movement and Flexibility
Birthing balls provide a flexible surface that allows you to move and stretch your muscles, improving circulation and helping to reduce stiffness and discomfort. They are also great for gentle exercises during pregnancy, helping to prepare for childbirth and build strength.
Supports Labour and Delivery
Birthing balls can be used during labour to help position the baby in the best possible position for birth. By bouncing, rocking, or swaying on the ball, you can help to stimulate contractions and encourage the baby to move into the optimal position for birth.
Examples of Birthing Ball Exercises
(Note: Always check with your GP before doing any exercises)
Rocking: Sit on the ball and gently rock back and forth, using your feet to control the movement.
Squatting: Stand with the ball between your legs and gently squat down, using the ball for support.
Bouncing: Sit on the ball and gently bounce, using your feet to control the movement.
Leaning: Sit on the ball and lean forward, using your arms for support.
Pelvic Tilts: Sit on the ball and gently tilt your pelvis forward and back, using your abs to control the movement.
Birthing balls are a versatile and effective tool that can provide numerous benefits for expectant mothers during pregnancy and labour. They are low-impact, portable, and can help to relieve discomfort, improve posture, and support you during labour and delivery. So why not consider adding a birthing ball to your prenatal toolkit and see the benefits for yourself!