What is…a birth ball?

Birth balls are a great tool for pregnancy, birth and when your baby is here.

Using a birth ball in pregnancy

  • sitting on a birth ball or leaning into a ball means you can rock and sway to ease stiffness as well as any back and hip ache, especially in the third trimester
  • regular use can encourage your baby to be in a more optimal position for labour
  • the more you become familiar with using a ball during your pregnancy, the more likely you are to use it during labour

Using a birth ball during labour & birth

  • sitting and rocking on a ball can keep you upright and comfortable
  • it can encourage your baby into a good position for birth
  • leaning into the ball can support you in a more upright position when you are tired or when you are giving birth

Using a birth ball with your baby

  • Movement can help to settle a baby so it can be useful to sit, gently bounce or sway on the ball to calm them

How to know your birth ball is the right size for you…

* when you sit on the ball, it supports you rather than sinking into it
* your feet are comfortably flat on the floor
* your knees are lower than your hips and your knees feel comfortable
* your back is straight
* it feels stable to sit on it
* it feels comfortable

I am on hand with consultations to be on hand during your pregnancy and to help you prepare for labour and birth.

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