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I don't know if it helps jumpstart labor, but my husband bought me one a couple months ago and I adore it. My mid back muscles are killing me these days, and sometimes I find nothing will sooth them except sitting on my heels on the floor and draping the top half of me over that ball. Heaven. It's also very nice when I'm tired, but sitting on the couch just won't cut it anymore. Sitting on the ball uses a completely different group of muscles and offers a nice break.
I recommend it even if it's only for pre-baby comfort, but I imagine I may use it quite a bit while I am laboring at home.
sunnidanielle:Thanks ladies! She is really low already but the back pain relief sounds amazing and if anything else happens, bonus!!
It seemed to bring on contractions for me, but who knows if it was just "time" anyways.
Once the contractions started when they would space out farther I would get back on the ball and they would start coming more frequent.