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Worried about pushing out a baby? Push this balloon out instead.

Balloon diagram

An invention filed with the U.S. Patent Office allows pregnant women to partially insert a balloon in the vagina and push it out, in order to practice giving birth, reports Jezebel.

According to the patent, when inflated in the vagina, the balloon tapers conically toward the waist, which "causes the orifice of the birth canal to dilate in a manner similar to that caused by the emerging head of a baby." Pregnant women can then "exercise by pushing the balloon out of the vagina in preparation for giving birth."

"It's very interesting, but seems soooooo unnecessary and silly," says momlogic OB/GYN Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz. "Anyone who actually thinks that practicing with a balloon is ANYTHING like actually pushing a baby out is living in a fantasy. God bless America, though, right? Where else could you invent and patent this thing?"

Would you try this?

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15 comments so far | Post a comment now
mel February 27, 2009, 4:49 PM

Are you kidding me? I don’t think that a balloon will get anyone ready for the pain of having a baby. I wouldn’t want to do it. I don’t know who would want to volunteer for that kind of unnecessary pain. Good luck with that invention.

Jeanne Elle February 27, 2009, 5:29 PM

Is that thing even safe? (Isn’t it uterine contractions that are supposed to dilate your cervix?) I wouldn’t touch that thing with a ten foot pole.

lovelychriss February 27, 2009, 5:29 PM

No way that is craziness. My daughter’s head didn’t fit through my pelvis bones anyway so they did an unplanned C-section.

Talina February 27, 2009, 5:33 PM

It probably can help condition the muscles between the anus and vagina to prevent tearing but it’s only helping you prepare for half the experience in my opinion… Add contractions and baby movement to the mix and you’ve got a whole different ball game.

Doesn’t mean women should be scared of vaginally delivering though. I am not.

Stephanie Elliot February 27, 2009, 5:39 PM

Stupid. This is like saying, “Practice having sex with a banana so you’ll know what it feels like when you do it for the first time.”

Pando February 27, 2009, 5:40 PM

This isn’t actually dilating your cervix at all. Which is the bad painful part. This may, perhaps help stretch the birth canal some, but, why??
Don’t think this would do anything a few extra large sex toys wouldn’t…

nome February 27, 2009, 5:45 PM

what ever happened to good old fashioned keegels?

adiaha February 27, 2009, 6:02 PM

Look, every woman has everything she needs to give birth to the children she conceives. Sometimes a woman needs help for a variety of reasons. This product adds to the continued undermining of women’s perceptions of themselves. Instead of feeling empowered about giving birth naturally, increasingly women are taught to feel afraid of the process that has happened naturally for thousands of years. Instead of buying this contraption, exercise, eat properly rest and feel good. To me that is the perfect recipe for giving birth easily in the most natural way possible. Peace. adiaha

Carrie February 27, 2009, 6:06 PM

No way. By the end of pregnancy, you don’t want to be unnecessarily sticking things up your hoo-ha. You don’t want to end up with Group B Strep if you haven’t already got it.
And besides, most of the pushing is to move the baby through your cervix and down into the birth canal. If the baby was already completely in your vagina, one little push would do it. You don’t push with your vagina, for goodness sake!

Angie February 27, 2009, 9:19 PM

um,… no?

Jill (the other one) February 28, 2009, 11:39 PM

I’m with Angie.

Chrissy March 1, 2009, 1:34 PM

Great another stupid, useless, potentail self estemm damaging product from the medical community. Put it the category of labia reduction surgery. Totally unnecessary and unprofessioanl for doctors to do IMHO.

Anonymous March 2, 2009, 10:46 AM

We ladies have managed just fine, throughout all of human existence. I think we’ve got it down. Let me guess, a guy invented this?

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James Smith, João Pessoa, Brazil November 17, 2009, 4:15 PM

This could be dangerous. If the balloon should burst while inside the vagina, it could cause ruptures and tears. The utility of this, as pointed out, is at best, questionable.

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