What are pregnancy balls?
The Pregnancy Ball is the standard therapy ball widely used by pregnant women. It is a large vinyl ball about 65cm or 75cm high when inflated. Some pregnancy balls are made with a non-slip surface so they won't slide easily on the floor. They're also made of a special explosion-proof material -- a honeycomb structure -- that slowly deflates when punctured, rather than bursting suddenly.
We must consider the height of the pregnant woman when choosing the size of the pregnancy exercise ball. The ideal size selection is when the knees should be lower than the hips or at the same level as the hips when sitting on the medicine ball. Don't worry about the weight, as the anti burst birthing ball should be able to hold it no matter what the size of the pregnant woman. Good quality Trideer pregnancy balls are tested up to 330lbs.
How to use Pregnancy ball during pregnancy？
Pregnant women using this ball may need a support to keep them steady while sitting. This is mainly recommended for those who are using the ball for the first time. To be on the safe side, use the ball on carpet rather than a smooth floor surface to provide better stability. It is best to go barefoot rather than wearing shoes or socks. Or you can choose non-slip shoes or socks.
Your feet must be flat on the floor and about 60 cm apart for good balance. Start by placing one hand on the ball, then slowly lower yourself to sit on the ball.
Once you're comfortable with the position, you can try rocking your pelvis from side to side. Once you feel more secure, add a little bounce. If you feel unsteady as you slowly sway and bounce, always hold on to someone or something close to you.
Benefits of pregnancy balls
Pregnancy balls are believed to be very useful during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Sitting comfortably can be next to impossible as your pregnancy progresses. Back pain often occurs with an enlarged abdomen. Ordinary chairs or even comfy couches no longer seem to provide comfort. However, the pregnancy ball molds to the changing shape of a pregnant woman so it provides comfort while it is firm enough to provide support.
Other benefits of pregnancy balls include:
Maintain good posture during pregnancy.
Strengthens the abdominal muscles and lower back.
It helps increase blood flow to the uterus, placenta and growing baby.
Increases the diameter of the pelvis to help the baby find a good birthing position.
While using a birthing ball during labor is considered safe, it's always important to consult your doctor before you start a new exercise program.
They may have specific considerations that apply to your particular situation.
Always be aware of your body and how you feel. If it hurts, stop.