My ball never made it near the hospital as 1) I forgot it, 2) we had moved the day we were induced, and 3) it didn’t take long before I was taking every pain relief going.
A lot of people do swear by these balls though (tee hee hee) and they can certainly be handy for exercising with, even if you don’t use them at the hospital. I used to sit on mine to encourage the bambino into the right position, not that it helped as the stubborn mule still remained facing outwards (OP).
Why would you buy one of these balls? To give your pelvic muscles a little exercise and encourage good posture. I had a dodgy back for the last couple of months because I had a big bump out to the front on my petite frame and aside from being strangely comforting sitting or moving around on the ball, I’m sure it had something to do with back going back to normal afterwards.
My spies tell me that the Miracle Box Pregnancy Gym / Birth Ball Set is one of the balls to buy although if you own a sturdy exercise ball, I wouldn’t necessarily dash out to buy another, and pilate balls are very sturdy too.
The Miracle Box Pregnancy Gym / Birth Ball Set comes with a quality anti-burst birthing/exercise ball, pump (trust me, it’s easier if you get one with the ball rather than fanny around trying to find a pump that fits), plus 3 exercise wall charts that include pregnancy exercises plus post natal exercises with your baby. The pack also includes some coupons for some extra goodies and their sites lets you check out more virtual exercise plans. The ball is wipe-clean PVC which is warm to the touch and it pumps up within a few minutes. It’s non-slip material too and it comes in two sizes to suit different heights – one is for 5 ft 6 and over. This is an interesting feature as I must say I did find my ball a bit on the big side.
They’re Â£29.99 at Amazon.