Friday, September 17, 2010
Prenatal Yoga use of Birth Balls in Pregnancy and during Labor.
Here are some excellent resources for you to have on hand and to practice while pregnant, and to use in easing your labor pains.
Birth Balls. Use of Physical Therapy Balls in Maternity Care by Paulina G. (Polly) Perez, R.N.
Great Expectations Pregnancy Program with FitBall by Lisa Westlake (1/2 price on VHS tapes right now), Mother of two, Physiotherapist and Australian Fitness Leader
Carolyne Anthony's Childbearing series - Using the ball during pregnancy DVD
Exercising during pregnancy with the "Gymnic-Plus" ball. (in Italian and English)
I used these resource to help supplement my prenatal yoga practice, and the prenatal yoga classes that I taught, during my fourth pregnancy in my late forties. Also used the yoga poses on the ball and otherwise during labor to help me through my induced contractions. It works!
Any Questions? Please post a comment!