Monday, 18 June 2012

Pregnancy Diary: 18/06/12 - An Alternative Guide to using the Brthing Ball.... Pre Labour!

So we bought a birthing ball a while ago ready for the big day! I got it, I blew it up and I stared at it completely bewildered as to why or how this huge ball would help...

So I googled it.... it was very helpful actually. They said that during labour it can aid certain positions that would help baby come out easier when in the pushing stage. It also told me it could help with pelvic floor exercises and ease the pain of labour....

My only issue is how on earth am I meant to remember how to use it and what positions I need to get in for birth? I know, I know that is what a printer is for but we have no ink and I know what I'm like I will forget it or discover that this doesn't even work, so I decided that I really should practice using it.

I tried all sorts of things and positions and in all honesty I just looked completely stupid doing them, much to the amusement of Kyd and the Hoff. I know that it will all be different on the day because I'll be in pain and need it BUT what do I do with it until then?...

WELL..... here is my ALTERNATIVE GUIDE to making the most of having a Birthing Ball.... Pre Labour.... as modelled by Kyd....

BOUNCE IT....

I have to admit this has what it has mostly been used for since we got it. Kyd loves it, Hoff loves it.... even I love it, it is so good for stress relieving and bloody good fun!!..... The cats however DO NOT love it! They hate it! Which of course amuses Kyd the most.

A BACK REST....

I have been placing it behind me whilst sat on the floor to stretch my back out when I'm struggling. I have rib issues (teitze syndrome) this seems to help spread the ribs and reduce the pressure on them. It also helps the relief of general back ache and heavy bump syndrome I've found. It is comfy, however I suggest sitting on a pillow as your bum goes numb after a while otherwise.

PUTTING YOUR FEET UP....

I keep getting told to raise my feet above my heart to reduce swelling in my ankles... has anybody ever tried to do this? it's hard work! You are not supposed to lay down flat on your back for too long either so lifting your feet above heart level is hard to do unless in very awkward positions... but I've come up with one a little less awkward...

Prop yourself up with pillows behind you etc on the sofa so you're almost in the sitting position and sit with your feet up on the rest of the sofa.... under your feet, place the birthing ball (easier to get your partner or older child to help with this).... roll it backwards until it is under your calves, touching the back of your thighs, so it gives your knees support and most importantly it is comfy for you. Your feet are up and above your heart, you're on the sofa so you have a comfy bum AND you can watch the tele and you are now protected from fat ankles.... hurrah.... it's remarkably comfy too.... but you do have to claim all of the sofa and tell others to sit elsewhere whilst you do it.... if they love you they'll not be bothered by this... if they are bothered..... play the pregnancy card!

A SPARE CHAIR....

When people are round I often find we run out of seats... this gives a super modern and comfy alternative to sitting on the floor... and it's fun to watch people rolling off it!.... (although watch who sits on it some balls only take certain weights... just a thought)

A PROP FOR A BALANCING ACT.....

Kyd has taken to a new form of acrobatics using the ball... he sits, rolls, kneels, (tries to) stand and mostly.... jumps on it! It can get very entertaining. We have a pretty spacious living room with no dangerous corners to fall on so he is in no danger... you assess this for yourself before allowing any acrobatics to be preformed by child or adult (hoff has tried it too)... but you know best!

PLAY GIANT FOOTBALL...

This is too obvious of course he is going to use it as a football!!! No breakages as of yet but I'm expecting one any day now!








As you can see this has been well used and will no doubt be well used after the big event.... I may wash it down before we reuse it though, god knows what state it will be in.... ewwwwwwww

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