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English translation: exercising with the help of a big rubber ball

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07:15 Jan 11, 2008
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Science - Medical (general)
English term or phrase: bouncing on the big purple exercise ball
My labor was a mere nine hours long. We’d planned to spend the better part in our apartment, in the bathtub, or bouncing on the big purple exercise ball that Felicia, the doula, provided us.
Shirley Fan
Local time: 03:31
English translation:exercising with the help of a big rubber ball
Explanation:
The exercise balls are big rubber balls that some people use to exercise on. Apparently they can be beneficial for pregnant women. They're also known as Swiss balls. See here:

Swiss Ball - with pump
A high quality product, ideal for use as a birth ball, or for general exercise or relaxation. Sometimes called a gym ball, fitness ball, exercise ball, or Pilates ball.
(...)
DURING PREGNANCY - regular use

* strengthens lower back and abdominal muscles, preventing and easing back-ache
* strengthens the muscles of the pelvic floor
* promotes pelvic mobility through swaying, circling, rocking movements
* encourages the baby to move into the optimal position for birth
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Nesrin
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:31
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exercising with the help of a big rubber ball


Explanation:
The exercise balls are big rubber balls that some people use to exercise on. Apparently they can be beneficial for pregnant women. They're also known as Swiss balls. See here:

Swiss Ball - with pump
A high quality product, ideal for use as a birth ball, or for general exercise or relaxation. Sometimes called a gym ball, fitness ball, exercise ball, or Pilates ball.
(...)
DURING PREGNANCY - regular use

* strengthens lower back and abdominal muscles, preventing and easing back-ache
* strengthens the muscles of the pelvic floor
* promotes pelvic mobility through swaying, circling, rocking movements
* encourages the baby to move into the optimal position for birth


    Reference: http://www.babymoon.co.uk/shop/index.php?main_page=product_f...
Nesrin
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:31
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Native speaker of: Arabic
PRO pts in category: 16
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jack Doughty
12 mins

agree  simona trapani
14 mins

agree  Janet Ratziu
44 mins

agree  kmtext: My friend spent the last few months of her pregnancy sitting on one. It's easier to stand up from than an armchair too.
45 mins
  -> I've always wondered if these things actually work. But they do look like fun.

agree  rchan
51 mins

agree  Sara Mullin
1 hr

agree  airmailrpl: -
1 hr

agree  orientalhorizon
1 hr

neutral  Ellemiek Drucker: I wouldn't call it 'exercising' when you use the ball during labour; it would be more like a gentle rocking movement to relieve the pressure from the pelvis.
2 hrs
  -> Oh well, the word "bouncing" seems to indicate something a bit more than gentle rocking. It can be gentle exercising, but it's a kind of exercise nonetheless.

agree  xxxAlfa Trans
6 hrs

neutral  xxxTatiana N.: I agree with Ellemiek Jooss, when a woman is in labor, her thoughts are very far away from exercising, it is rather for relieving pain
16 hrs

agree  V_N
16 hrs

agree  Paula Vaz-Carreiro
2 days16 hrs
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