Which birthing ball do you choose? You take one quick look on google and you are blown away with too much choice. BABYGO, Argos, Amazon, where do you start!?
What no one tells you is why a gym ball is not the same as a birthing ball.
We have saved you the stress of having to figure it out yourself, with our 3 quick tips when choosing the best exercise ball for pregnancy.
1. Your Safety Matters
As pregnancy experts we cannot emphasize enough, a low quality ball simply cannot replicate the good qualities of a high end birthing ball. Just as 1 pair of cheap shoes can visually imitate an expensive pair, the cheaper material cannot replicate the underlying benefits.
Proper and good posture is paramount to a better pregnancy. The best birthing ball positions that really work and have real value for you and your baby can only be achieved on a strong ball designed for pregnancy.
These specialist birthing balls can comfortably keep you stable under your pregnancy weight and while seated hold you in the optimal position with knees around 30 degrees lower than your hips.
The best balls for safety are all made from anti-burst material. Anti-burst means the ball will deflate slowly if punctured and is a must when you are pregnant.
Look for anti-burst in the product specification. The ball will cost a little more, however, it is well worth it, for the extra protection it will give to you and your baby.
What matters to you in pregnancy is whether the ball is safe enough to hold your pregnancy weight.
Gambling on a gym ball can put you at increased risk of injury. Compared with a birthing ball, the quality of the material in a gym ball is much thinner and noticeably poor. During pregnancy, this will leave you feeling vulnerable even when just sat on the ball.
The lower quality material of the gym ball (above) leads to poor posture, knees higher than the hips, whilst the mishaped ball demonstrates an increased risk of injury under your pregnancy weight.
Although a gym ball is designed to hold a weight of 125kg (19st 10lb) it is far from safe or strong enough to carry out the best birthing ball positions.
A good quality birthing ball is risk-free when used correctly. It has been tested and is guaranteed to hold your pregnancy weight.
The BABYGO birthing ball has a much higher maximum user weight at 500kg (78st 7lb), this is to guarantee we can deliver the best and safest positions for both you and your baby. See our birthing ball size guide for the best size for you.
2. Low Price is Misleading.
Some retailers will try to entice you by targeting you with a ball at a cheap price. Search birthing ball online and more than likely you will see a ball with a crazy low price from big retailers like Sports Direct, Tesco and Asda, or a seller on Amazon.
It's simple. Avoid balls that are jostling for the lowest price.
It is more than likely that you will have been misled and you are looking at a gym ball. After all, they visually look the same as a birthing ball, right.
Gym balls are not designed for pregnancy.
A classic example. Search birthing ball and Argos will show you this product at a misleading bargain price.
The ball has lots of excellent reviews, it must be good right!?
Have you considered that the positive reviews might be generated from people who are using the ball in a very different scenario to you.
Well, it looks like Argos now have.
So much so, they have put a nice note in the product description, suggesting not for use in pregnancy. But hey, not enough to stop targeting customers who search Birthing Ball!
3. Choose a Trustworthy Pregnancy Brand
What makes BABYGO the best birthing ball brand? Its simple, we developed the best pregnancy ball, specifically for all three trimesters and labour. Our birthing ball will reward you and your baby with a healthier and safer birth because it is:
- Super Strong: Supporting weight up to 500kg - 5x stronger than a regular gym ball.
- Extra Thick: 2000 Micrometres - Guarantees the best stability & posture for you & your baby.
- Pregnancy & Baby Friendly Material: No phthalates and non latex.
- Anti-Burst: If pierced our ball will deflate slowly & safely ensuring no injuries.
- None Slip: Eco-friendly, hypoallergenic PVC.
- Easy Clean: Hygienic & germ free - Clean with warm soapy water & soft cloth.