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January 6th, 2010, 06:07 AM
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This is essentially one of the exercise stability balls, correct? I'd like to get one & was checking them out at Target... seems they have different sizes - for those who have used them, what should I be looking for? The largest? TIA!
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January 6th, 2010, 06:44 AM
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Yes, they are. If you are looking for one you can sit on, I would recommend one of the bigger ones.
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January 6th, 2010, 07:31 AM
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they have lots of great uses, and kids love them too!
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January 6th, 2010, 09:07 AM
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I just bought one last night at Walmart for $9. The only difference I could see between the 55cm one and 65 cm was for the person's actual height. I went with the bigger one. Now I just need to figure out how to blow it up!
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January 6th, 2010, 09:23 AM
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I got one of those after I had my last baby (and yes-it's the exercise balls), and I may use it while in labor this time. I got the biggest one because it's most versatile, and I can sit on it comfortably.
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January 6th, 2010, 09:37 AM
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I never got a chance to use one. Katelynn came out way to fast for anything. Maybe next time or maybe not. Im hoping that our next birth is just like Katelynn's.
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January 6th, 2010, 09:59 AM
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Yup they are the same, exercise ball or yoga ball.
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January 6th, 2010, 10:20 AM
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by the way-a bike tire pump.
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January 6th, 2010, 10:36 AM
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Exercise balls are the same as birthing balls - although my particular birthing ball came from target and specifically said 'not a birthing ball' because apparently the rubber is thicker in 'birthing' balls and so its more 'safe' to be sitting on, haha. But the birthing ball was also like $25 compared to the $9 exercise ball that I bought. I had done some googling online to determine between the 55cm and 65cm sizes and it seemed the 'height' cut off was 5'3" ... so it could go either way for me. Some said 5'5" - I went with the bigger ball though b/c they were the same price. The pump to fill it up was included. My hospital provides birthing balls, but I've enjoyed having mine at home to sit/bounce on and since I'm planning on staying at home as long as possible during the beginning of my birthing time - it was definitely worth the 9 bucks!
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January 6th, 2010, 11:01 AM
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I loved my birthing ball with my second birth, I bought one for my homebirth, but didn't even think to use it. I ended up selling it in a yard sale I had last summer, so I know I'll have to get another one this time around.
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January 6th, 2010, 11:37 AM
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It is based on height, if you buy it and fill it and it seems too big, just let out some of the air so it squishes more and then it will be more comfortable.

Once you are using it, if you know baby is vertex you should deflat it enough so that when you sit on it your knees are above your hips. Before you know if baby is engaged and head down you should have it inflated so that your hips are above your knees so you don't encourage the bottom to engage.

If you buy one on-line, get the thera band brand, they are much sturdier than the Target/Walmart ones.
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January 6th, 2010, 01:51 PM
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they're more expensive, but maxafe makes really awesome egg shaped balls. That is what I used and use for clients. tHey're a lot more stable and sturdy.
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January 6th, 2010, 03:30 PM
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I lovedddd the birth ball when I was pregnant...DESPISED it when I was in labor! Mine at home is just a golds gym brand exercise ball I got at wal mart for like $10.00 or something (it came with the pump) - I think the one they had at the hospital was pretty similiar to it. I hope next time I can use it to help baby drop down, but this time it wasnt in the cards!
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January 6th, 2010, 05:22 PM
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I've been sitting on mine at work for probably 3 solid months now. I love it - my lower back feels soooooo much better now that I'm not using the office chair!
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January 7th, 2010, 04:15 PM
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oh- I didn't labor with mine either, but many of my clients have! I used it in early labor, but once things were active it was NOT helping! I'm the exception tho, most women love it. I think my birth was just too intense/fast to need it or have it be helpful.
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January 7th, 2010, 06:41 PM
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Ok, I'm feeling pretty stupid, because it turned out the pump was in the box, I just hadn't opened it. I will say pumping by hand kinda hurt!
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January 8th, 2010, 08:33 PM
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I used the pump that came with our air mattress to blow mine up

Mine is an exercise ball, but we only use it to sit on and have never had a problem. DH is a big guy too, and he sits on it all the time.
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