Mother & Bump Love A Pregnancy, labour and Postnatal Ball!
The pandemic has meant more pregnant people are working from home, which unfortunately is negative as it has meant more sitting for even longer as they work from home at a desk missing out from the walk to and from work or even from the train station.
Factoring in not every pregnant person has the perfect setup at home for a home office is more than likely comprising posture sitting in awkward positions and sitting on chairs that are not supportive of their increasing change in shape and posture.
I am a big fan of birthing balls as a Massage therapist and Birth Doula.
Birthing Balls are a simple and effective way of looking after your body and posture in pregnancy and are also an excellent labour tool. They are a fantastic way of helping to bring balance and movement and mobility to the hips and lower back which is a perfect way of easing lower back tension.
The birthing ball can be a great way of helping to balance the pelvis and give you mobility as you sit.
You could even do things to help yourself by setting a timer to encourage you to get up and move to have a stretch and walk around. It is a good idea to get rid of your chair and replace it with a ball instead trust me you will love me for these tips!
So Why not do some figure of eight movements, side to side swaying so pelvic tilts even all fours movement.
You can even continue to use your birthing ball for labour again sitting on the ball helping to put pressure onto the cervix, get into a squat position with support and of course, all four movements.
Even after birth, it is a great tool to bounce and rock with a new born baby, also excellent for tummy time for a little one!
The only negative is that the ball follows you everywhere.
Ball size guide: If you're up to 1.73m (5ft 8in) in height, it's best to get a 65cm ball.
If you're taller than 1.73m (5ft 8in), it's best to get a 75cm ball.
Ensure that your feet are flat on the floor; your knees should not be higher than your hips.
Enjoy and get moving.