Preparing For Labor: Birth Ball
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Alright guys, I’m back with another labor preparation tip. Last week we talked about sipping on red raspberry leaf tea and today we’ll discuss bouncing on the birth ball! First of all, as a plus size woman I wanted to make sure I got a ball that wouldn’t spontaneously bust on me. I did some research and found one that safely supports up to 600 lbs and comes in cute colors (SHOP HERE).
Benefits During Pregnancy
Opens your pelvis and loosens the ligaments so baby can get into an optimal position.
Strengthens your lower back and pelvic muscles as you work on balancing.
Gravity! Being upright is the best position for baby to descend into the pelvis. Laying down doesn’t support this process well.
Helps to correct your posture and prevent slouching. When your back is not in alignment, this can prevent baby from engaging into the pelvis.
Easy to incorporate into your normal routine; such as when watching TV or sitting at a desk.
Benefits During Labor
During labor, the ball helps to facilitate movement, which keeps labor progressing. When walking becomes too difficult or tiring, the ball can be used for support while keeping your body active. Movement during labor helps to reduce pain, stress, and anxiety.
Can be used for position changes. Want to try hands and knees? The ball offers great support and doesn’t restrict you to one position.
You can rock from side to side, in circles, or bounce on the ball, whichever is most comfortable for you.
Benefits During Postpartum
After birth, the ball can be used to soothe baby with a rocking motion.
Because of the various uses during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period, it’s such a great purchase for any mom to be! I also love rocking on it as I listen to my hynobirthing recordings. It’s so much easier for me to clear my mind while doing rhythmic movement than simply sitting in a chair.
Did you/are you using the birth ball for pregnancy and labor? Share your experience!
xoxo, Global Midwife
Disclaimer: This is only to be used for educational purposes, not as medical advice. Always check with your individual healthcare provider.
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