If you were doing yoga and cycling routinely while you’re pregnant… that should be enough to prepare you physically for birth, right?
In fact, it might not be enough and you could STILL feel out of balance physically when you go into labor.
For today’s guest, Deb Flashenberg, this was her story. She thought she had covered all the bases for smooth labor, but instead, she was in labor for hours and found that her baby was asynclitic or not in line with her birth canal because her pelvic was out of balance.
So, what IS balance when we’re preparing for childbirth and labor? How can we achieve balance before we give birth? Deb teaches us the important key to finding balance during your pregnancy to help create less obstruction for baby's birth during labor. You will learn where to start and what not to forget when training to be a future mama.
Learn where to start and the important keys to finding balance during your pregnancy and create less obstruction for birth in this episode of the Mamas in Training Podcast.
FLEXIBILITY ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER
Just because you might be very flexible, active or mobile, does not necessarily mean you will have an easier or faster labor and birth. Flexibility in your body might not mean you are balanced in your pelvic floor and could lead to strain on other areas of your body. In fact, in some cases, hyper-mobility can tighten your pelvic floor.
This was the case for today’s guest, Deb Flashenberg and in this episode, she teaches us the first two steps we can take to begin to find balance in our body during pregnancy. She explains the combination of physical practice we need to add into our weekly routine to address the pelvic floor in all aspects.
Deb is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theater. She has spent most of her life performing and was introduced to yoga through a choreographer in 1997. After several years as a yoga student, she decided to continue her education and became certified as a Bikram Yoga instructor. In 2001 Deb headed out to Seattle to study with renowned prenatal yoga teacher Colette Crawford, R.N., at the Seattle Holistic Center. Deb has received certification for Vinyasa Yoga from Shiva Rea as well as completed the OM Yoga advanced teacher training with Cyndi Lee in 2004. Deb has also studied the Maternal Fitness Method with Julie Tupler. Deb currently studies with Cyndi Lee, Genevieve Kapular, and Carrie Owerko.
After being witness to several “typical” hospital births, Deb felt it was important to move beyond the yoga room and be present in the birthing room. In 2003, Deb attended her first birth as a DONA certified labor support doula. In that short period of time, Deb has attended about 100 births. She is continuously in awe of the beauty and brilliance of birth.
In 2006, Deb received her certification as a Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator. In September of 2007, Deb completed a Midwife Assistant Program with Ina May Gaskin, Pamela Hunt and many of the other Farm Midwives at The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee.
Drawing on her experience as a prenatal yoga teacher, labor support doula, childbirth educator and mother, Deb looks to establish a safe, effective and empowering class for pregnancy and beyond. In April 2016, Deb had the honor of being a presenter at the Yoga Journal Live New York Conference. Deb is the proud (and tired!) mother of her son Shay and daughter Sage.
Listen to MORE about the Pelvic Floor: Episode 121: https://www.mamasintraining.com/2021-what-you-need-to-know-about-your-pelvic-floor-with-kim-vopni-kate-roddy/
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