A birthing ball is an exercise ball for pregnant women that helps in adequately preparing the mother’s body for pregnancy and delivery. These are stronger than regular exercise balls and are designed to be anti-burst. Upon accidental puncture, they deflate slowly rather than bursting suddenly. They have a non-slip surface to ensure that they do not slide or roll easily.
Birthing ball or exercise ball is recommended to expecting mothers to strengthen their stomach and back muscles during pregnancy. Studies have shown that using a birth ball reduces back, hip and pelvic pain. It also lowers anxiety levels of women in labor and shortens the first stage of labor.
Exercising on a birthing ball in labor helps to encourage contractions for a natural delivery. During labor, the birth ball helps the baby to move into an optimal position for the process of birthing by facilitating foetal head rotation and descent. This speeds up dilation, making the first stage of labor shorter, easier and less painful.
The use of birthing ball has manifold advantages and benefits during pregnancy as well as labor.
Birthing ball exercises strengthen, comfort and prepare your body muscles for labor.
After the birth of your baby, birthing balls are great to condition the core belly muscles and get back in shape.
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Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.