At nearly 27 weeks pregnant now, I have more and more people noticing my growing bump. I'm often asked how I'm feeling and so far, I can't complain. Things have been going smoothly and seem very similar to my previous two pregnancies. Of course, from my experience I know it's only a few short weeks and I will start feeling more of the physical discomforts of the third trimester and my growing belly... backaches, indigestion, difficulty breathing, etc. Having experienced these things with each of my pregnancies, it didn't surprise me to learn that 4 million women experience these same discomforts during pregnancy each year!
The great news is, I've learned that these don't have to be unavoidable side effects. There is a simple solution I've been introduced to and it deals with reducing muscle tension.
The Miracle Ball Method For Pregnancy by Elaine Petrone, is a low-impact, non-invasive series of "unexercises" that relax muscles and allow the body to realign and reshape as it adjusts to accommodate a growing baby. Using the same easy to follow style of instruction as Petrone's million-copy bestseller The Miracle Ball Method, The Miracle Ball Method For Pregnancy includes positions for problem areas - neck on the ball, the rib cage side stretch, etc.
I was excited when introduced to The Miracle Ball Method For Pregnancy and couldn't have been happier to learn I was going to have the opportunity to review it. I was sent a complete kit containing two squishy Miracle Balls and a fully illustrated companion book, The Miracle Ball Method for Pregnancy.
When the product arrived, everything was packaged in one nice sized box. It was nicely presented...making it a great gift idea for expecting moms too!
Of course I couldn't wait to open it up and see what this product had to offer. In the box I found two squishy Miracle Balls and an illustrated companion book. Before receiving this kit, I was having a lot of tension in my back and neck. I was hoping this would help with that, and other discomforts...and so far, I'm finding that it has! What makes this product work is that it relaxes the muscle tension that keeps your body misaligned.
It's actually very simple to use! Simply place the ball under the body part of your choice (there are different ball positions depending where you're feeling discomfort), take note of breathing, and let your weight be absorbed by the ball.
I was surprised just how soft these balls are. They're the perfect size and give the perfect amount of give to help me sink into it and allow my body weight to be absorbed by the ball. It's very durable and something I can see lasting a long time.
The book that comes with the balls is incredibly helpful. It not only describes how to use this product, but does so in such detail. It goes through each ball placement including detailed instructions and pictures to help guide you. I've really enjoyed all three parts to the method: breathing, ball placements and Whole Body moves. After trying many of the different ball placements and moves, my favorite would have to be the Neck on the Ball position which helps the head/neck/and shoulders - all areas I've been having tension in. Lying on the floor with the ball under the back of my neck has really helped relieve stress and promotes relaxation. It's wonderful.
I do find myself referring back to the book often to make sure that I have the balls positioned correctly. It's not difficult, but just takes time making sure that each position is being done the right way so you get the best results. I love that it's not strenuous and actually very relaxing.
I've been really happy with The Miracle Ball Method For Pregnancy and wish that I had it with my previous pregnancies too. It's already helped relieve some of the discomforts I was having with this pregnancy and has greatly eased my stress and tension. I look forward to continuing to use it over the next 13 weeks of pregnancy, as well as afterward (there's a great section on reshaping your body after birth in the book too...yay!). I would definitely recommend any woman who is planning to become pregnant, already pregnant, or just had a baby...look into this great product.
Buy It: You can purchase The Miracle Ball Method For Pregnancy Kit for $19.95.
**The product for this review was provided for free. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. The opinions of others may differ from my own**