Birthing balls are an excellent tool with a multitude of benefits to help throughout your maternity journey and long beyond. Here we outline some of the reasons why they’re such a popular resource and how they can help you.
Comfort and posture – sitting on a birthing ball can provide comfort and relieve pressure on the spine, lower back and hips. It can also help relieve pressure on the perineum and reduce discomfort during pregnancy and through contractions. The ball also offers an ergonomic seating option so try swapping your normal chair out for a birthing ball and feel the difference!
Exercise and strengthening – Regular use of a birthing ball can provide a safe and low-impact form of exercise, helping to strengthen core muscles, improve balance and enhance flexibility. Engaging exercises such as pelvic tilts and circles can help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles which is beneficial for both pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Movements on the ball can also help promote blood circulation reducing the likelihood of swelling and discomfort.
Relaxation and stress reduction – The rhythmic movement on the ball can be soothing and help reduce stress and anxiety during pregnancy and labour. The ball can also be used postpartum; gently bobbing on the ball whilst cradling your baby can help settle them without straining your back or arms aiding in creating a relaxing environment.
Pelvic alignment & foetal positioning – Gentle bouncing or swaying on the ball can help open the pelvis, aiding in cervical dilation. It can also promote optimal foetal positioning and encourage your baby to move into the correct birthing position, potentially reducing the risk of complications during delivery.
Labouring – Using a birthing ball in labour can aid with facilitating pain management, movement and the birthing process to help cope with contractions and the labour process. The ball can be used to support various labouring positions such as kneeling, squatting or leaning forward providing versatility and comfort during labour. Holding on to the ball or leaning over it during contractions can provide physical and psychological support, assisting with the intensity of labour.
Versatility – The birthing ball has so many uses! It’s great to be used during pregnancy for exercise and comfort, and then transitioned to a tool for labour and postpartum exercises. It is portable so you can use it at home, the office, or if you need a familiar tool to help offer comfort take it to the gym, hospital or birthing centre.
Note: While many Mamas find birthing balls helpful, individual experiences may vary. Always consult with your healthcare professional to ensure that using a birthing ball is safe and suitable for your specific situation.
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