I had a very unpleasant experience with my first labour which caused me a lot of pain in the weeks that followed. With my second little girl on the way, I tried Aniball. I practiced for 3 weeks and it was a fantastic and complication-free experience. No tearing at all. I was able to enjoy my daughter and take care of her immediately. - Linda, UK
Pregnancy and childbirth can be the most exciting experience of a woman’s life. But if the anticipation of meeting your new baby is coupled with concern about how your labour will go, you are not alone.
According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 90% of pregnant women experience tearing during childbirth and first time mothers are particularly at risk of severe perineal tears.
Aniball is a clinically approved exercise aid for home use. It is designed by experts with the intention of helping you with a smooth and natural labour. Used by over 50,000 satisfied mums, exercising with Aniball has been proven to be of benefit before, during and after birth.
Significantly reduces the risk of tearing or episiotomy during your birth and shortens the second stage of labour.
Prepares you for the process of natural childbirth and gives you confidence, as you learn supportive positions and train the birth canal.
Strengthens the pelvic floor muscles to support your postnatal recovery and prevent incontinence.
Aniball is recommended by doctors and midwives across Europe.
Aniball is safe to use, and created with medical grade silicone manufactured in Germany.
Aniball complies with EU 93/42/EEC regulation regarding medical devices and bears a CE certification marking.
By choosing to exercise with Aniball, you greatly increase the chance of a positive birth experience without tearing.
Statistics show that 68% of women using Aniball before labour experienced no tearing at all.
That's a 6.8x increase in chance of having an injury-free childbirth, in comparison to numbers by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
An independent clinical study confirmed Aniball is the most effective method of birth injury prevention.
Study confirms there was a significantly higher number of women with intact perineum after the use of Aniball, as well as significant reduction of episiotomies.
Data also showed that other methods such as perineal massage, raspberry-leaf tea or linseed had no significant effect on perineum injury prevention.
Aniball's great effectiveness is based on strengthening the pelvic floor muscles by using thoroughly tested and uniquely shaped balloon. It was developed in cooperation with doctors and medical experts across the Europe.
By exercising with Aniball, you practice the alternating tension and relaxation of the perineum. It prepares your muscles for the newborn’s delivery, effectively reducing the risk of tearing and episiotomy and shortening the second stage of labour.
Start using Aniball from 36 weeks of pregnancy. Gently insert the balloon, inflate it to a comfortable size and exercise for 10-15 minutes per day. Instructions and exercises can be found in the Aniball manual, included with every purchase.
Aniball can't stretch you permanently, nor cause premature birth or other complications. See FAQ below for details.
I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. This was my first pregnancy and because of my fear of tearing I started exercising with Aniball. The delivery was absolutely smooth. It was literally two presses and I was told that there was no damage at all. As if I had not given birth at all. I felt excellent. I benefited greatly from exercising with Aniball and it reduced my fear of tearing. The training helped me prepare mentally for the birth, which was also nice. - Suzanne, Netherlands
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Questions are always welcome! Check out our FAQ below to learn more.
No, It cannot. Aniball has been thoroughly tested under relevant European directives on medical devices. However, remember to only use water-based lubricants and check your balloon before every use. Do not apply oil-based lubricants since they could damage balloon’s surface.
No, it cannot. Gynecologists agree that exercising with Aniball cannot cause a premature birth nor contractions.
No, it cannot. Exercising with the balloon during a healthy pregnancy does not cause the fluid to leak. The amniotic sac is protected by a suppository that protects the membranes and does not collapse until just before delivery. The outflow of amniotic fluid can occur at any time and the reasons may vary. It is most often caused by infections or it occurs during a full moon or a change in pressure.
No, in fact, the opposite is true. Unfortunately, this common misconception often dissuades women from this exercise. Exercising with Aniball does not only prevent microtraumas during labor, but also prevents the cutting of the muscles, which happens during an episiotomy.
This question requires a longer explanation. The pelvic floor muscles are composed of many microscopic fibers. During muscle contractions, these fibers are contracting due to the action of two substances – actin and myosin. The contractions only occur when the muscles are carefully trained and remain intact. However, during childbirth, when the pelvic floor muscles stretch by approximately 300% in a 20 to 30 minute span, there is the occurrence of microscopic injuries, which can lead to scarification in a short time.This makes it impossible for the muscle fibers to subsequently contract. The maximum expansion of the pelvic floor muscles occurs at the moment of the baby’s head passing – the muscles are triple-stretched from about 3 to 10 cm. It is therefore clear that untrained muscle tissue may tear. Training with Aniball allows the muscles to contract, avoiding tears and scarification, thus allowing the cervix to return to its natural shape after childbirth.
You can start exercising after the 36th week of your pregnancy. Exercise for 10 to 15 minutes daily. You can also practice more often, the only limitation being pain or sensitivity.
The goal of the exercise is to achieve a 30 cm circumference of the balloon in about 3-4 weeks of regular exercise, which corresponds to a newborn’s average cranial circumference at birth.
Yes, definitely. Even two weeks can make a big difference, especially if you practice twice each day (morning and evening).
Yes. Using Aniball after childbirth regenerates the muscles of the pelvic area and thus reduces leakage that occurs after birth.
During the exercise, there may be a slight leakage of urine due to the pressure of the balloon on a full bladder. This is a minimal amount and should not cause concern or dissuade you from exercising with Aniball. After the completion of the exercise, no more urine should leak.
Do not use Aniball during a high-risk pregnancy, when there is a risk of preterm delivery, during any genitalia bleeding, when a Caesarean section is planned, when there is a current outbreak of warts or other infectious pathology in the genitalia or in the genitalia opening, when there is a case of genital herpes or injury, precancerous condition and other pathologies of the cervix. If any problem occurs during exercise, please consult with your midwife or doctor.
Taking special care after consulting with your doctor is necessary in the case of varicose veins in the genitalia, in the case of a low-placed placenta (inquire with your gynecologist), in the case of the reduced sensitivity of genitalia and external genitalia (neurological diseases, use of painkillers), after treatment of briefly persistent genital fragility, after genital surgery (scars may not allow sufficient flexibility) and in the case of lichen sclerosus of external genitalia (chronic skin disease). If any problems occur while exercising, consult with your midwife or doctor.
Regarding varicose veins on the genitals it is particularly important not to cut anything at birth. If you don’t have a contraindication for natural delivery (nothing prevents natural birth and the head can be born even through genitals with varicose veins), then you can exercise with the balloon. Of course, it is always necessary to carefully assess your particular situation and consult with a medical professional. We strongly recommend a cautious approach, enough lubricant, and to slowly and gradually squeeze out the balloon.
Prepare for a natural childbirth and look forward to this life-affirming experience without fear.
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