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My only regret is not buying it sooner
on 16 April 2013
I wasn't sure which ball to buy due to the different sizes available but settled on 75cm. I procrastinated before taking the plunge (prompted by the realisation that I had 3 weeks until due date) but I am glad I did. At my booking appointment, I was 5'9"/5'10" but I have since 'lost' height and now measure 5'7" and the ball is still ok for me (thankfully my legs are still a 34" inside measurement)
For a start, I received the item within 48 hours of placing the order so kudos to supplier for that one. This is highly significant as it meant I could get a bit of crafty bouncing in before the big day. Chairs, sofas have become uncomfortable as my knees are raised a lot higher than my hips and getting up is also an issue. Once you get used to the inflated ball, it becomes comfortable and good fun as you can rock your pelvis or just sit still. Apparently, this is excellent for foetal positioning and for labour preparation. For me, this is significant as I am aware that I have an anterior placenta so a posterior presentation may be my fate. I am, therefore, keen to do anything I can to try and get this baby into the best postion possible for labour.
You will get to a stage of inflation where you think it is fully pumped but, when you measure it with the tape provided, you discover that you haven't inflated it enough. You will need to be brave and persevere in order to reap the most benefit. You know you have cracked it when your hips are higher than your knees (approx 8-10cm.
Pump, tape measure and an exercise guide included in package.
I plan to use the ball in the early stages of an active labour to minimise discomfort.
I will provide an update in respect of the labour and post natal benefits in due course.