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Birthing Balls

May 8, 2007 - Tag: Pregnancy, Labour and birth

The NCT (National Childbirth Trust) antenatal classes that my husband and I have been attending suggested we buy a birthing ball.

During the later stages of pregnancy a birthing ball can be used to help get your baby in a good position ready for labour and can help you maintain a comfortable posture. During labour the ball may be useful for sitting on and rocking to help get you through the contractions.

Birthing balls are very similar to gym balls, the main differences being the name and the price. Prices can vary greatly so it’s worth shopping around to try to get the best deal. When buying one you will need to think about your height as they come in different sizes.

45cm - for a height up to 5′0″
55cm - for a height of 5′0″ to 5′5″
65cm - for a height of 5′6″ to 5′10″
75cm - for heights over 5′10″

When buying one make sure it comes with an appropriate adaptor to use with a pump. The one we bought from Argos was good value for money but unfortunately it didn’t come with an adaptor so we had to resort to a makeshift one using a straw (which made the job of inflating it a lot more difficult!) Also make sure the ball you buy is ‘anti-burst’ and strong enough to take your weight.

For more info about using a birthing ball visit the Yoga Birth website.

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