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Birthing ball and inducing labor Ozknativmama 17 kids; Fayetteville, Arkansas 2661 posts
22nd Aug '11

I have a birthing ball and I have been using it A LOT. I love the thing. It feels really good to bounce on it, and I can honestly feel a difference being made of where the baby is sitting in my pelvis. Perhaps this is a cooincidence, i don't know but I think I'm just going to go ahead and thank the birthing ball.
Anyways, I am 39 weeks today and I wanna get this baby on the road to coming out. I have been walking a lot (perhaps I should walk more though), bouncing on my ball, having lots of sex (he comes in me TMI) and doing squats with my birthing ball up against the wall.
Well I've heard many mommies swear by birthing balls to induce labor. My question is...how long should I bounce on my ball at a time? And how many times a day should I bounce on it?
Any other information or advice is appreciated!

Vindictive 50 kids; Switzerland 30558 posts
22nd Aug '11

My birthing ball did nothing for me when I was pregnant with DD. But you can bounce/rock on it as much as you feel comfortable with.



In the end, baby comes when they're ready anyway. So don't wear yourself out too much!

brandybc 3 kids; Hitchcock, Texas 2911 posts
22nd Aug '11

I did it for 10 minutes (bouncing and rocking) 3 times a day. I also walked for 20 minutes 3 times a day. I started on a Friday and had my LO Sunday night:D

My Brain On Drugs TTC since Sep 2013; 33 kids; Elephant Butte, New Mexico 15758 posts
22nd Aug '11

Bounce and rock as much as feels good. Don't strain yourself. It could be another month until you see that baby. And if it is--that's another month you can be nourishing her and keeping her safe without making an ounce of effort. Try to enjoy the end of your pregnancy. I know it's uncomfortable.

Ozknativmama 17 kids; Fayetteville, Arkansas 2661 posts
22nd Aug '11

I walk a 30 mins in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening. I'm adding 30 more minutes every day I can until she's born. I also bounce on my ball all the time. I've got a pretty amazing amount of energy and I feel great. There really is not too much bouncing for me lol.
I usually bounce for just a few minutes at a time though. Many times throughout the day. Was kind of wondering if longer periods of bouncing might have more affect for some reason. I guess I could always just try it :)

Spaceballs & Dickmilk Due September 18 (boy); 1 child; Arizona 287 posts
22nd Aug '11

I want a birthing ball to bounce on :cry:

Ozknativmama 17 kids; Fayetteville, Arkansas 2661 posts
22nd Aug '11
Quoting Spaceballs & Dickmilk:" I want a birthing ball to bounce on :cry:"


My mom got one for me (she's a PE teacher and had one at her school) but I think I've heard that they're like 5 bucks at walmart :)

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25259 posts
22nd Aug '11

I got a birthing ball and bounced for 30 minutes each night while watching TV along with 1-2 hours of walking each day (divided up of course). It took me about one week and then I had him.

Mum2D+BabyAry 18 kids; Naples, Maine 154 posts
23rd Aug '11

even just sitting on the ball is helpful as it provides counter pressure.... im gonna use mine as my normal chair the last few weeks providing i dont have placenta previa