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I want to have my own birth-ball at my house. I'd like to use it for laboring and I've read here at MDC many other uses. My question: Does it matter what kind I buy? What brand/kind do you recommend. Links are welcome<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I know that I should get a 55cm because I'm 5'2." That's about all I know...
 

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One bit of advice: if it comes with a little plastic pump to inflate it, count on it taking a LOOOOOOOONG time to fully inflate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I recommend using a bicycle pump instead, it's MUCH faster that way!
 

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I got one at Target and one at Walmart for a friend.They didn't look to different and served the same purpose.It was a great purchase.
 

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Make sure you get one with "anti burst". My doula told me about a birth she attended where the ball burst. I had a ball for my homebirth and it was fantastic! I spent most of my labour on it. I also used it in the month leading up to birth to help my baby get in the right position. When I was 38 weeks + pregnant it was the only comfy thing to sit on.
 

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I just had a normal "exercise" ball that I had before. I LOVED mine and it's what got me through most of my labor. I lay on top of it and rocked back and forth all the way to 6 cm! I sat on it a lot before labor to help my posture, open pelvis, etc. Good luck! (Oh yeah, I'm 5'2" too and didn't have a problem with mine or the one that the birth center had)
 

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Yes, anti-burst! We ended up using ours to bounce our daughter to sleep (she liked it a lot better than rocking), and we bounced on that thing pretty hard sometimes. A friend was bouncing his daughter on the regular kind, and the thing popped right under him!
 

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I just got one at Walmart. It was pretty cheap, and it's anti-burst. I used it as my computer chair during pregnancy, so I had good posture. Very comfy!<br><br>
Now during labor, I couldn't sit on it. I felt like I was sitting on a bowling ball. I had to sit on the toilet instead.<br><br>
Oh, and my kids love playing with it now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yip, birth ball / exercise ball is FANTASTIC, for many reasons already mentioned here... I too used it to help position my baby for the birth (didn't have any problems that I knew of, was just super cautious not to be slouching and would watch TV on my knees supported on the ball)<br>
Also, it really helped in the beginning of labour and since the birth is just great for getting DS to go to sleep or calm down if he is fussing... I also discovered putting DS on his tummy on the ball is great fun for him - whereas he hates being on his tummy on the mat/bed/change table/surfaces in general<br><br>
Good luck
 
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