Birth Ball For Pregnancy, Labor And Birth
Birth Ball for Pregnancy, Labor and Birth
Have you heard people talking about using a birth ball? You might wonder what they are talking about!
Actually it is a standard physiotherapy ball used in physical therapy departments all over the world. Many physical therapists seem to be drawn to the labor and birth arena, and somehow someone got the idea of letting pregnant women sit on the ball, and eventually its use also expanded to include labor and birth.
Why a Birth Ball
These balls are great for relieving discomfort during pregnancy. It provides a firm, yet soft place to sit. It also forces good posture, allowing for decreased straining of your muscles. This is often one of the most relaxing places a pregnant person can sit.
Birth Ball Safety
You will want to make sure that you get a birthing ball that is designed to be sat on. You can check weight limits, though they are generally greater than 300 lbs. Some birthing balls, also say anti-burst. If you are worried about rolling, you can get some that have rings, or have sand in them. If you can't find one, simply pour some sand into the hole before blowing it up to make it less likely to roll.
When moms are learning to squat the birth ball can help them achieve this without the need for a partner. Simply by placing the birth ball on the wall and then leaning with it against your shoulder blades you can learn to squat and gently ease into it, without fear of falling and no partner required!