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December 17th, 2012, 11:13 AM
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So I keep hearing about bouncing on the yoga ball to help baby move down and also some women state it made them go into labor. I dont really want to go into labor for another week or so but I wouldnt mind helping LO along the way.

WHen are you supposed to start bouncing on the ball???
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December 17th, 2012, 11:25 AM
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You can really do it anytime. Bouncing or even just sitting/swaying on the ball doesn't mean it will necessarily help you go into labor, but it can certainly help you feel more comfortable, even before.

I have one at home that I sit on from time to time to help ease the pain in my pelvis.

For helping move baby down, sitting on the ball, with your legs spread a bit wider, and swaying back and forth will help open up the pelvis and allow the baby to move down a bit when ready!
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December 17th, 2012, 11:44 AM
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I've been using one for about two weeks now. Not every day but pretty often. It makes my pelvis feel better but at the same time makes it ache like his head is moving or something.
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December 17th, 2012, 11:53 AM
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I just got one and the swaying on it makes me feel sooo much better. My doula mentioned the same thing about bouncing on it but I haven't tried that yet!!
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December 17th, 2012, 11:53 AM
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i bought one, baby dropped within 2 days of bouncing ( 15 mins each day )
I usually spend 15 - 30 mins a day on it now, helps my lower back pain but get a lot of braxton hicks after
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December 17th, 2012, 12:26 PM
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Good to know! I am going to start sitting on the yoga ball tomorrow!!
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December 17th, 2012, 01:54 PM
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it definitley helps with pain! One thing my midwife told me, if you're taller, make sure you're using a larger ball. You apparently don't want your knees to be above your pelvis as you sit on it. I can't remember exactly why though.
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December 17th, 2012, 06:24 PM
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Totally agree with kbpeanut - sitting on one helps so much with pelvic aches.

The ball makes you sit in a way that encourages baby to take a good position (otherwise you roll off lol) which can help labor go more smoothly <3

I haven't been bouncing around on mine b/c I want LO to stay nice where he/she is but I can see where that could help the baby settle down into the pelvis. Walking stairs really helps with that too.

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it definitley helps with pain! One thing my midwife told me, if you're taller, make sure you're using a larger ball. You apparently don't want your knees to be above your pelvis as you sit on it. I can't remember exactly why though.
I think it's because keeping knees above your pelvis narrows the front of your pelvis (crossing your legs does too) and that encourages your baby to be posterior. I could be remembering wrong though. I'm a shortie so I have a shortie little ball hehe.
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December 17th, 2012, 08:38 PM
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I think it's because keeping knees above your pelvis narrows the front of your pelvis (crossing your legs does too) and that encourages your baby to be posterior. I could be remembering wrong though. I'm a shortie so I have a shortie little ball hehe.
Yep, that sounds like the reason she gave! She thinks it could be part of the reason my son was posterior and I had all the back labor!
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December 17th, 2012, 11:19 PM
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I was having no pregnancy discomforts at all until I sat on my flipping yoga ball. I sat with a wide stance and rolled in circles for an hour and then I couldn't walk for 2 days. now i'm scared of the yoga ball lol.
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December 18th, 2012, 05:04 AM
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Hmmm maybe you over did it by being on it too long? I love sitting on mine and rotating my hips in a figure eight. It releases the pain a lot. I've been looking for a second ball to keep at work since I'm at a desk all day long and get uncomfortable.
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December 18th, 2012, 08:53 AM
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It felt like I've been riding on a horse the first time I used it, may be there is to much air in the ball?
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December 18th, 2012, 09:08 AM
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Sitting on mine has helped relieve the pressure on my back. I don't bounce on it, but rolling back and forth is soothing. And just sitting on it encourages me to sit up straighter, which doesn't hurt! I do have to reinflate, though, because I have a big one but my knees are still above my pelvis. Not good.
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December 18th, 2012, 11:06 AM
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Wow I never thought of the swaying, or doing the figure eights I will try that today!
I sat on it for like 30 min bouncing off and on last night and boy do my hips and lady bits hurt!!
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