Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: super-crunchy-town, VA
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I use one instead of a computer chair, so I spend a couple hours a day on it. It helps with backache, helps keep stomach and back muscles toned, and can help prevent a posterior positioned baby, too! I also used one in labor for a little while, but the one at the hospital was smaller than my one at home and I couldn't get used to it (they were smart, though,and put a big chux pad on it to keep it from getting slippery as I was still having a lot of bloody show - just something to think about for those of you doing homebirth).
Don't hesitate to buy one - its so worth it! I got an exercise ball at Walmart for about $13 - just be sure to follow the directions about how full to pump it up - its sooooo much more inflated than you would think! We thought it was totally inflated, measured it with the measuring tape and weren't even 2/3 of the way there!
Mama to DS (05/04) and DD (11/05), married to a wonderful DH.