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you totally should! I've got a pilates/exercise ball that cost me only $8, and it helps my hips/pelvis/low back SO much. I mean, I don't have SPD or anything severe, but it really helps the general aches. And not just while I'm sitting on it - the effect lasts.<br><br>
Three cheers for the ball!<br><br>
That is all.<br><br>
P.S. <a href="http://www.birthease.co.uk/birthease_shop/Birth-Birthing-Ball.shtml" target="_blank">Make sure you get the right size.</a>
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Thanks for this info! I'm forever looking for things to help my poor back...I feel like I'm wearing a backpack backwards. ouchies<br><br>
And anything that will help during labor is great too...I have a sneaking suspicion this boy in my body is going to be on the bigger size.
 

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I want, I want, I want.<br><br>
I didn't even know I wanted one of these until my lamaze classes, the instructer had one and told us all to take turns sitting on it just to get the hang of it. LOVE. WANT.<br><br>
I've been putting off shopping, but I'm going looking for one soon.
 

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Yup.<br><br>
I have a problem with their sizing suggestion, though. I'm 5', and the 65 cm ball makes it impossible to keep my feet flat on the floor comfortably, if at all. Maybe it does help others to upsize, but I can't remain stable on the 65cm, no matter what I do.<br><br>
I have a 55cm, inflate it well, and use it as my computer chair and all-around movie-watching chair. I love it, and highly recommend all my preggo friends get a ball. Actually, when my friend who's TTC right now gets pg, I'm buying her one as a congrats gift.<br><br>
BTW...don't forget to get a <i>burst-free</i> ball. You may never need it to be burst-free, but if you do, you'll be glad.
 

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I'm 5'4" and have an old 55cm and a new 65cm. The 65cm is definitely more suited - with the 55, I never understood how people liked to sit at a desk on a ball - it's too low! The 65 is perfect and keeps my hips above my knees. I could see it being too big for you though - my mom is 5" and it would be huge for her.<br><br>
For those who haven't bought one yet, it's hard to know unless the store has some inflated ones, or you can try out & find out the size of the ones at the gym.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm 5'4" and have an old 55cm and a new 65cm. The 65cm is definitely more suited - with the 55, I never understood how people liked to sit at a desk on a ball - it's too low! The 65 is perfect and keeps my hips above my knees. I could see it being too big for you though - my mom is 5" and it would be huge for her.<br><br>
For those who haven't bought one yet, it's hard to know unless the store has some inflated ones, or you can try out & find out the size of the ones at the gym.</div>
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You know, thinking about it, sizing preference might also have to do with build. For a good friend of mine a 65cm would perfect; she's the same height as me but is <i>much</i> longer from waist/hip to floor. I'm average-to-short in the leg.<br><br>
My computer table is lower than most, not a traditional computer desk/table, so the 55 works perfectly. It's hard to keep my almost 5-year-old DS off of it, though. Yet another reason for the anti-burst feature...that wouldn't be pretty.
 

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I plan to get a ball, though sitting on it for a while actually makes my PSD pain worse, but it's good for a shorter period. I think I will like leaning over it on my knees for labor.<br><br>
P.S. Thanks for the info about the size.
 
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