Birthing Balls are a must in pregnancy and birth. They come packed with benefits and can truly make a difference to your birthing experience. They are one of my favourite pieces of equipment and the one I recommend to all expecting mums in my courses.
What are the benefits?
1. When you trade slouching on the couch for sitting on the Birthing Ball, you are helping baby get in the right position birth.
2. Sitting on a Birthing Ball and doing some gentle circular movements on it can also help you relieve muscle pain from your lower back, hips and thighs; apart from promoting blood flow to your baby.
3. You can also use your ball for early stages of labour to help your baby make its way down. Using a birthing ball during labour can help you cope with the discomfort and feel less anxious and in turn shorten the first stage of labour.
Are there any considerations when choosing the right ball?
1. Birthing balls come in different sizes. Choose the size that is recommended for your height. For example if you are up to 1.73m (5ft 8in) in Height, go for a 65cm ball and if you are taller go for a 75cm ball instead.
2. Put a little pencil mark on the door frame when inflating the ball so that you know how much air to pump to achieve the recommended measurement.
3. Make sure you inflate it to the recommended height and not less. You should be able to sit straight and not sink into it.
4. Always remember that your knees should be lower than your hips to sit straight and help baby get into the right position for birth.
Birthing Balls are a simple and inexpensive solution to help your muscles and baby prepare for birth and you don’t even need to make time to use it, simply sit on it instead of a chair or sofa and that’s it! Perfect for any stage of pregnancy.
Would you like more information? Here is a link to more detailed information from the NHS.