65cm Gym Ball Birthing/Pregnancy Ball @ Tesco £2.98 (with Click & Collect)
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65cm Gym Ball Birthing/Pregnancy Ball @ Tesco £2.98 (with Click & Collect)

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Found 2nd Oct 2012
Just ordered this from Tesco - 65cm Black Gym Ball can also be used as Birthing Ball & during later stages of pregnancy.

I have bought for my pregnancy and cant wait to go and pick it up!

This is a great sized ball and a great price! Comes with a pump too.

Reviews say its great for pregnancy - Even though the description says not suitable for use whilst pregnant lol Can be used as a normal gym ball or pregnancy ball!

The inflatable 65cm One Body gym ball can be used for exercising the upper and lower body. This PVC gym ball in black is ideal for a low impact workout and can be deflated for storage. This gym ball also comes with a handy pump. Maximum weight capacity 100kg.

One review says bought as a replacement office chair - Each to their own haha!
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Thanks for posting, have added a pic for you. All the best with your pregnancy, congratulations
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birthing ball info



Your height will give a guide to the size of ball that will be right for you. Ideally, your knees should be about 10cm lower than your hips when you sit on it.

As a general rule:
If you're up to 1.73m (5ft 8in) in height, it's best to get a 65cm ball.

If you're 1.75m (5ft 9in) or taller then it's best to get a 75cm ball.



Edited by: "Smaybelline" 2nd Oct 2012
ordered, thanks for the post
Balls for pregnancy?

Technically correct.
Ordered!! Many thanks!!!
They're fabby for getting baby to sleep I found. Gently rocking on it with a colic-y baby saved my sanity, I reckon
They're not suggested for pregnancy because its not an anti-burst ball... don't wanna be hopping up and down on it in labour and then it pops!
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Kkirgirl

They're not suggested for pregnancy because its not an anti-burst ball... … They're not suggested for pregnancy because its not an anti-burst ball... don't wanna be hopping up and down on it in labour and then it pops!



They're strong enough to take the weight and your not literally bouncing around like a space hopper it's just rocking and rotating the hips. For £2.98 with a pump its a bargain and I've also read like above that its a great rocking motion for getting baby to sleep.
The office chair thing is valid. A lot of people are starting to recommend them as an alternative because of the natural instability and excercise they offer, which does lots of things to negate the surprisingly unhealthy effects of sitting down. Word has it, your back will hurt like a mofo for the first couple of weeks, but after you've gotten used to it, you'll feel amazing. Or something.

My gym ball, bought for these purposes, is currently on top of a box on top of my clothes chest of drawers. I'm torn between using it as my seat again, or just leaving it there, because it looks cool.
Smaybelline

They're strong enough to take the weight and your not literally bouncing … They're strong enough to take the weight and your not literally bouncing around like a space hopper it's just rocking and rotating the hips. For £2.98 with a pump its a bargain and I've also read like above that its a great rocking motion for getting baby to sleep.



Oh, im not saying dont buy it... im currently checking one out now - im nearly 38weeks pregnant LOL.. I was just saying thats why it says not suitable for pregnancy, because its not anti-burst.

I agree, as long as you are not at the upper weight limit of the ball and dont go crazy (and use it on a clean surface) it should be fine x
Be wary, this is not an "anti-burst" ball. See my post hotukdeals.com/dea…837

These cheap balls can burst and you could end up landing on your head. Not nice!

Better to buy a quality "anti-burst" one and stay safe.
For a chair, these ones are not up to it.
There very very thin, don't even inflate to a proper round sphere.

They are ok for exercising and ornaments or empty room football, or pool / garden fun.

If you want one for a chair, which I use, get a £10 + burst resistant one
brilliant just ordered thanks anything for a bit more comfort @ 6 months pregnant heat added:p
Smaybelline

One review says bought as a replacement office chair - Each to their own … One review says bought as a replacement office chair - Each to their own haha!


Not as crazy as it may seem as the lack of arms/back prevents you from slouching and you are forced to sit more upright. Also, the constant repositioning that the user will constantly be doing, even without knowing they are doing it, will strengthen the core muscles in the abdomen and lower back. It's actually a good thing for people with bad backs.
I'm not sure I'd advise to use this during pregnancy, the fact that it goes so far as to say it's not suitable for such should ring alarm bells. Only one person said, "I bought this to help with pregnancy and it did exactly that. :D" - maybe she used it to attract a mate?
Cool , just ordered one , thanks
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Dave

I'm not sure I'd advise to use this during pregnancy, the fact that it … I'm not sure I'd advise to use this during pregnancy, the fact that it goes so far as to say it's not suitable for such should ring alarm bells. Only one person said, "I bought this to help with pregnancy and it did exactly that. :D" - maybe she used it to attract a mate?



A lot of reviews mentioned pregnancy. Obviously if you know your at the upper weight limit then maybe its worth getting one of better quality but for me this is perfect. In 5ft 2 and currently 8stone 5lbs at 5 months pregnant. I'm not going to be using it in anyway to allow it to burst. And won't fill it to the max to avoid bursting. Around 60cm inflated will be spot on for what I want it for.

Appreciate all the discussion, the more expensive balls will be much better quality and less likely to burst with excessive "space hopper" bouncing but this is a great bargain if its just what you needed.
Where are the grippers to hold on to whilst bouncing ?
Bought one from Asda the same as this pretty much to be used as a "birthing ball" - they are very tough! My other half now uses it to sit on to play on his games! For this price its a bargain as i paid just under £6
I used this when I was pregnant and it was fine.
Avoid, if pregnant would you want to risk it bursting whilst using it?
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Sweetcorn12

Avoid, if pregnant would you want to risk it bursting whilst using it?



Just because a woman is pregnant does not mean she is going to burst a ball if she sits on it... Not all pregnant women put tons of weight on. And once again this is not used for bouncing round the house, its gentle rocking movements on the ball. Im sure everyone can decide for themselves wether this is safe or not.
Smaybelline

Just because a woman is pregnant does not mean she is going to burst a … Just because a woman is pregnant does not mean she is going to burst a ball if she sits on it... Not all pregnant women put tons of weight on. And once again this is not used for bouncing round the house, its gentle rocking movements on the ball. Im sure everyone can decide for themselves wether this is safe or not.


You missed the point, would you take the risk if you are pregnant........
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Sweetcorn12

You missed the point, would you take the risk if you are pregnant........



I've not missed the point.... You've clearly not read my previous comments. I am pregnant, and i have ordered this ball ... There is no risk whatsoever. As i have said again and again and again im not using it for a gym ball and doing proper exercises with it, Im also not using it as a toy space hopper. You have clearly missed the whole point of the post.
If the product is advertised a birthing/pregnancy ball then unless it is burst proof, AVOID it. if you choose to use it a chair, or space hooper than I have no qualms, I will re-emphasis it is advertised a birthing/pregnancy ball, and not as a space hooper or a chair.
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