Structural Body Changes During Pregnancy & Postpartum

How do relaxin and changes in blood volume affect your whole body? How does what’s happening to the pelvis relate to the uterus, and the baby inside it? How do you get back to alignment after birth, and how does lactation affect these changes? Molly Deutschbein has answers. Check it out.

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What we talked about:

  • Changes in blood flow
  • What is the purpose of all that blood?
  • The role of relaxin on more than the ligaments
  • Changing the tone of the uterus to avoid “earthquakes”
  • Swelling in legs, arms, and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • What position is your uterus in?
  • How comfortable are your pelvic ligaments to carrying your baby
  • Posture and uterine position
  • The problems with tucking your tailbone
  • Not too tight, not too loose
  • Your pelvic tripod
  • Your uterine shape and your posture
  • Do you have a pendulous uterus?
  • Round ligament pains
  • Diastasis recti
  • Let’s talk breasts!
  • Keeping your ribs in place
  • Say no to pain and leaking
  • Your posture and lactation
  • Move your body!
  • Move the lymph!
  • Our current diabolical postpartum practices


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About Molly Deutschbein

Molly (Mary) Deutschbein sees all ages and stages in her private practice from newborn babies to elders in their nineties. She uses gentle touch modalities, mindfulness practices and client self-care education to help her clients achieve a deeper connection to their bodies, lessen or eliminate pain, increase function and feel more content. More than half of her practice is helping clients during the childbearing year with fertility challenge, comfort in pregnancy and delivery, postpartum healing and/or newborn feeding issues.

Molly is a NYS licensed massage therapist (2005) and an Advanced Craniosacral Therapist with both Upledger Institute Techniques Certification (2006) and Biodynamic Certification (2015). She is a certified practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy™ (2012) with advanced pregnancy training, and she is a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner.

Molly’s original career in computing. As she had her two daughters she developed a desire to understand birth, parenting and traditional healing modalities.  Molly was an independent childbirth educator and peer lactation counselor for six years, supporting hundreds of families as they added a new member to their family.  She is a certified doula (The Matrona) who has attended homebirths, VBACs, a breech birth and many variations on “normal” births. As a volunteer, Molly had staff privileges at Strong Memorial Hospital from 2005 to 2010, where she worked weekly as a member of the Palliative Care team bringing gentle massage, craniosacral therapy and Reiki techniques to patients with chronic illnesses, receiving cancer treatment or moving into end of life in hospice.

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