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Discussion in 'Pregnancy Chat' started by Rebecca89, Aug 1, 2013.
is a gym ball the same as a birthing ball? would they work the same way? xxx
I've always assumed they were the same. Maybe a birthing ball is slightly less inflated so its more squishy to sit and rock on.
thanks, every birth one i have seen cost alot but i can get a gym ball for £3! cant see the difference really! xxx
I used a gym ball during my first labour. Did the trick!
I used a normal gym ball too, I spent the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy on it, loved it lol x
Tapatalking from my blackberry!
Yes, it's more important to get one the right size though based on your height. If you google, there is info about it.
baby giz born 6th Feb 2011
next one due 12th Aug 2013
I also lived on my for the last couple of months, only place i could get comfy. However the moment I went into Labour, it was the most uncomfortable place I could be. Strange
Someone correct me ikf I am wrong - I think they are essentially the same. The only difference is that a birthing ball is made out of thicker material and the valve may be slighty stronger to make it less likely to pop. However, I don;t think I have ever heard of anyone popping a gym ball anyway. I had one last time and really should start thinking about getting one for this time too as it was very comfortable!
I have heard an ikea on burst in our local maternity ward so avoid really cheap ones. They are essentially the same but they both have weight limits so check them. I have increased BMI and bought an anti burst one from sainsburys for £6. Just in case.