About a year ago when Hubster wanted to get an exercise ball, I was against it. I pictured this big ol’ ball taking up what precious little floor space we had. I pictured it sitting there collecting dust because neither of us would ever use it.
Toward the end of my second trimester when the aches and pains starting to really set in, I begged him to pull that deflated exercise ball (which, I was correct, had never been used) out of the closet and pump some life into it. I had heard the benefits of an exercise ball for labor (aka a birthing ball). If it helped ease pain in labor, it had to help during pregnancy, right?!
It. Is. Wonderful.
I bounce on that thing almost every day. Unlike sitting in a chair, laying down or standing, the exercise ball takes all pressure off of my lower back and pelvis. Last night, I think it saved me from a trip to labor & delivery. Cramping and back pain set in and my doctor suggested that it might be the baby’s position on a nerve. If I had an exercise ball, I could move my hips around to try and put baby in a different position. That’s when that little light above my head (you know, the cartoon light that pops on when you have a fabulous idea) sputtered to life. “Yes, I have an exercise ball!” If the pain didn’t subside, I’d have to take a trip into the hospital to get checked out.
I proceeded to bounce my little heart out on that exercise ball and – alas! – Baby C must have been sitting on a nerve, because the pain started to subside. Hooray!
I strongly recommend an exercise ball for every pregnant woman! Whether you have issues with back pain or just for a strange instance such as the one I had last night, it could save you from popping pills for your pain, suffering in silence, or even from a trip to labor & delivery.
What are your favorite pregnancy tips?