Why use one for labour?
By opening up the legs in this way, you also open up the pelvic area, which for physiological birth, is very important for a more comfortable labour. Lying flat on the back pushes the bottom up and closes the pelvic area, so using the peanut ball can support a more optimal position.
When could you use it?
If there is a reason that you need to lie down, perhaps you’re having an induction so need to be near monitors (remember you can opt for wireless monitors too), you’re having an epidural (you can opt for a mobile epidural too) or you just need to rest. All of these scenarios would be a great time to use a peanut ball.
Check out this video to see a peanut ball in action!
You can buy a peanut ball on Amazon, or check if your hospital supply them if birthing at a birth centre or labour ward.