You can start the exercises from the completed 36th week of pregnancy, just 10-15 minutes daily. You can practice more often, only pain being the limit during exercise.
The goal of the exercise is to achieve about 28-30 cm circumference of the balloon in about 3-4 weeks of regular exercise, which corresponds to a newborn’s average cranial circumference at birth.
Definitely. Even two weeks can make a big difference, especially if you practice every day, in the morning and evening.
You definitely should. You don’t have to further increase the circumference, but maintain it. If it doesn’t cause trouble and the exercise is going well, you can keep increasing the circumference.
Be patient. There are days when you won’t attain better results. Despite this continue with the exercise, and through regular exercise the perineum will gradually expand.
Gynecologists agree that exercising with Aniball cannot cause premature contractions.
An episiotomy is a surgical procedure of the perineum (the area between the vagina and anus) conducted exclusively in the second stage of labor. Its purpose is to enlarge the vaginal opening and protect women against a spontaneous tear in the perineum. But an episiotomy can be very damaging – it often heals poorly with subsequent pain when voiding, a limited love life, the need for perineal plastic surgery, incontinence later in life, and more.
There are cases where episiotomy is inevitable or beneficial: Accelerating the delivery of the baby (breathing problems), the premature birth of the fetus, easing a breech birth, etc. However, in the majority of births, with applied local massage and controlled pushing, the vaginal tissue seamlessly expands and returns to its original position on its own. And if it turns out that it tears naturally, the wound is smaller and less painful than an episiotomy and it usually requires less stitches. In addition, with a natural tear there is a lower risk of infection than with an episiotomy. Due to the gradual stretching of the perineum Aniball can prepare a woman for childbirth without incisions or minimal incisions.
When starting to use Aniball the cervix is already maturing slowly, softening and preparing for childbirth. At this time, there is a lot of blood flow, it is fragile, just a light touch and weak bleeding or spotting may appear. If this occurs after exercising with Aniball or after a medical examination, there is no need to worry, and if the spotting stops immediately after exercise, you can continue to use Aniball.
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.
Yes. Using Aniball after childbirth regenerates the muscles of the pelvic area and thus reduces leakage that occurs after birth.
In this case, there is no restriction in connection with exercising. Streptococcus in women does not cause any problems, but it can be dangerous for the child. About 1% of children with GBS positive mothers are at risk of infection, so during childbirth preventive antibiotics are administered, but during pregnancy one can normally practice with the balloon. Another thing is yeast. If the yeast infection is in an acute stage, and the woman has a discharge and yeast globulin, we recommend that you wait with exercising. If the vulva is reddened, the woman has feelings of itching, burning and the vaginal walls are often very tender, cracking and bleeding. In this case, exercise is certainly suitable after the globulin break off.
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. 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. Exercising with Aniball does not only prevent microtraumas during labour, but also prevents the routine of cutting the muscles, which happens in the course of episiotomy.
In the healing phase we definitely do not recommend the exercise. Vaginal walls are fragile, the mucosa of the exit is reddened, painful, and often burst. In acute conditions even the massage of the perineum is not recommended.
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.
In keeping with instructions to use sterilization prior to first use (immersion for 1 minute in a water bath at min. 70 ° C) and regular disinfection, there is practically no threat of infections
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.
The warranty period for Aniball is a standard 24 months. In compliance with all conditions of use and storage of the product the properties of silicone rubber are stable for at least 5 years. It should however be noted that frequent use may lead to increased deterioration and thus the shortening of its durability. Therefore we do not recommend exercising with an already used balloon (used by another person), and offer the opportunity to purchase a replacement silicone balloon separately at a significantly lower price. The quality is also affected by silicone oil application – it is therefore necessary during the exercise to use lubricants based on water that do not contain oil.
If the product is under warranty and has a defect, send it to us and we will process the complaint as soon as possible (especially in the case of mothers who want to exercise with Aniball, we don’t wait for the expiry of the 30 day period, but we deal with it immediately). Please note that this medical device is not intended for use by several persons. Unfortunately, what happens is that one product resells (not every woman, however, handles the product as it should be, for instance she uses oil during exercise, etc., which devalues the material). It is a misuse of the product, and such is not covered under warranty.
Yes, thanks to the use of Aniball natural birth after Caesarean section is possible. If you are a healthy woman and there are no other obstacles for natural childbirth, it is possible to practice with Aniball.
The silicone balloon is a Czech product. The balloon material is the highest quality silicone material approved for medical use. Other parts are manufactured outside the EU. The assembly and inspection of the product also takes place in the Czech Republic.
Contraindications: Do not use Aniball during a high-risk pregnancy, when there is a risk of preterm delivery, during any vaginal bleeding, when a caesarean section is planned, when there is a current outbreak of warts or other infectious pathology in the vagina or in the vaginal opening, when there is a case of any other vaginitis, 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 vagina and external genitalia, in the case of a low-placed placenta (inquire with your gynecologist), in the case of the reduced sensitivity of vagina and external genitalia (neurological diseases, use of painkillers), after treatment of vaginitis (briefly persists fragility of the vagina), after genitalia surgery (scars may not allow sufficient flexibility of the genitalia) 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.