5 Reasons Why We Love A Birth Ball

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Ok, so they are not exactly aesthetically pleasing and they can’t really be hidden away, but a birth ball is an absolute essential if you are pregnant and here’s why…

  1. It’s comfy: Sitting on a birth ball, especially in the later stages of pregnancy, is much more comfortable than sitting on a regular chair. This is because you have to plant your feet on the floor with your legs wide to give you stability (you’re entitled not to be ladylike – you’re growing a human), so there is room for your bump.

  2. It helps the baby’s position: Sitting on a birth ball means your knees are lower than your hips which tilts your pelvis, providing more room for your baby to get into a good position for birth.

  3. It strengthens: As a natural instinct you are going to want to move when sitting on a ball – you will bounce, you will rock from side to side, you will circle your hips, you may even do figures of eight.  All of this is excellent for supporting and strengthening the ligaments that are holding up your uterus.

  4. Pain relief: If your back is aching you can kneel on the floor and lean over the ball and gently rock from side to side which can really ease the pain.  In fact, you may find this position so comfy that you decide this is how you will spend the rest of your pregnancy!

  5. Labour support: The ball is also excellent for labour – you can’t actually sit on it as the baby is crowning (obvs) but it is a brilliant tool for the earlier stages. All the movements described above are going to encourage the baby to put more pressure on the cervix to aid dilation and keep your pelvis flexible making it easier for the baby to move through its bony cradle.  In addition, placing the ball on the floor or on your bed/sofa and leaning over it means you can rest in between contractions.

Which ball to buy? Ensure your ball is anti-burst’ or ‘double walled’ and big enough that when you sit, your pelvis is tilted forward so your knees are below your hips.  The majority of women will be comfortable with a 65” but if you are on the short side you might find a 55” suits you better and similarly, if you are very tall you will be more suited to a 75”. Check out the Natural Birth & Fitness ball from My Little Bubba and receive 15% off with the discount code AAB15.

TIP:  Get an electric pump to blow it up!  We once had a client who blew his up as you would a balloon – he didn’t feel so good afterwards!!

So, get your balls and get bouncing girls – it will be worth it!

If you are pregnant check out our Antenatal Course here. Dani also offers hypnobirthing courses which you can learn more about here.

 

How to develop the best routine for YOUR baby.

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Sadly, babies aren’t born with user manuals – how simple life would be if they were! Many parents (myself included) struggle with the unpredictability of babies and aim to set up a routine and structure to their day. For many babies this can be a really positive change. Babies often thrive on routine and parents can find that once a routine is established, their babies nap better, settle better and improve their night-time sleeping. Continue reading

The Myth of “Normal” Baby Sleep Patterns

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On meeting a new baby for the first time, one of the most common questions asked to new parents is: “Are they good? Do they sleep?” My response to this question would be: “Yes, of course she is good, she’s a baby.” And: “No, of course she doesn’t sleep, she’s a baby!”

Sadly, I fear that the frequency of these questions has caused parents today to equate good parenting with babies who sleep. As a sleep consultant I am constantly faced with parents feeling insecure about their abilities. Statements such as: “I know I have broken her” and “I know it’s my fault he doesn’t sleep well” make me really sad.

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Wind-Down Time : The Key To Successful Naps

renderedWe all know that feeling – when you come home from a night out or a work event and you are really shattered but your brain just won’t switch off. Most of us would find it impossible to go straight to bed and sleep. We need to unwind first, to calm our active brains. Our babies need this time too.

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Confessions of a Sleep Consultant Whose Child Isn’t Sleeping!

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If I had a pound for every time a friend or a client said, “oh your children must be amazing sleepers,” I would be a very rich lady! The truth is that ALL children will go through bouts of sleep problems, and mine have been no exception. In fact, when I was in the process of completing my sleep consultancy training my second child Poppy went through a sleep regression phase that left me sleeping huddled under a blanket on her floor – something I had sworn in the past I would NEVER EVER do!  Continue reading

T.A.S.K – How You Can Support Your Toddler Through Becoming A Sibling

T.A.S.K – How You Can Support Your Toddler Through Becoming A Sibling

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Gaining a new sibling is a wonderful gift that can add a huge amount to your little one’s life, however it’s also a big change. Some toddlers are left feeling displaced, upstaged and excluded. In our Second-Timers Workshop we explore ways you can help support your toddler through this transition. In case you can’t make a workshop, I have included a few of our tips below.

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