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Pregnancy Podcast

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Rank #11 in Parenting category

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A resource to support expecting moms (and partners, too!) with evidence-based information to navigate the awesome adventure of pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent. Vanessa Merten provides evidence based info that goes way beyond the typical “pregnancy instruction manual”. Every episode is designed to give you all of the evidence, research, pros, cons, risks, and benefits – all so you decide what the best option is for YOU and feel confident about your decisions during your pregnancy and beyond. The show covers everything from pregnancy to caring for a newborn. Topics include prenatal care, labor, natural birth, hospital birth, cesarean birth, preparing for your baby, breastfeeding, postpartum, and caring for a new baby. This is your​ evidence-based resource to help you make informed decisions about your pregnancy and your baby.

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A resource to support expecting moms (and partners, too!) with evidence-based information to navigate the awesome adventure of pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent. Vanessa Merten provides evidence based info that goes way beyond the typical “pregnancy instruction manual”. Every episode is designed to give you all of the evidence, research, pros, cons, risks, and benefits – all so you decide what the best option is for YOU and feel confident about your decisions during your pregnancy and beyond. The show covers everything from pregnancy to caring for a newborn. Topics include prenatal care, labor, natural birth, hospital birth, cesarean birth, preparing for your baby, breastfeeding, postpartum, and caring for a new baby. This is your​ evidence-based resource to help you make informed decisions about your pregnancy and your baby.

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Great resource

By handsomeguuyintl - Apr 16 2020
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I have been listening to this podcast throughout my pregnancy and I recommend it! Pick topics you like Pleasant to listen to Great resource Very actual and informative I listen to it while walking Not too long Neutral (not judge mental) gives you plenty of ideas you may not have thought of

Amazing resource!

By Stephber33 - Dec 13 2019
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This podcast is so helpful! The information is clear and concise. Thank you so much!

iTunes Ratings

589 Ratings
Average Ratings
474
41
33
25
16

Great resource

By handsomeguuyintl - Apr 16 2020
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I have been listening to this podcast throughout my pregnancy and I recommend it! Pick topics you like Pleasant to listen to Great resource Very actual and informative I listen to it while walking Not too long Neutral (not judge mental) gives you plenty of ideas you may not have thought of

Amazing resource!

By Stephber33 - Dec 13 2019
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This podcast is so helpful! The information is clear and concise. Thank you so much!
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Pregnancy Podcast

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A resource to support expecting moms (and partners, too!) with evidence-based information to navigate the awesome adventure of pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent. Vanessa Merten provides evidence based info that goes way beyond the typical “pregnancy instruction manual”. Every episode is designed to give you all of the evidence, research, pros, cons, risks, and benefits – all so you decide what the best option is for YOU and feel confident about your decisions during your pregnancy and beyond. The show covers everything from pregnancy to caring for a newborn. Topics include prenatal care, labor, natural birth, hospital birth, cesarean birth, preparing for your baby, breastfeeding, postpartum, and caring for a new baby. This is your​ evidence-based resource to help you make informed decisions about your pregnancy and your baby.

Rank #1: 69: The First Trimester (Updated)

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The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy will probably be the biggest adjustment period as you get used to the idea of being pregnant, make some lifestyle changes, and deal with all of the physical and emotional changes that are going on.  The first trimester is thought of as the most sensitive time during your pregnancy because this is when all of your baby’s organs and structures are being built. You may not see a whole lot going on outside during the first trimester but you will definitely be able to tell there is a whole lot going on internally, and emotionally.  Get an overview of everything you can expect during the first trimester of your pregnancy including; common symptoms like morning sickness, changes in hormones, your baby’s development, and how you can get some relief from some of the not so fun side effects of being pregnant.

Jan 15 2017

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Rank #2: 51: Caffeine and Pregnancy

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Caffeine is one of the very first things to be cautious with once you see that positive pregnancy test.  Caffeine is considered a psychoactive drug, meaning that it changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness. It is the most widely consumed drug in the world and is most commonly found in coffee, tea, and chocolate. Trying to figure out whether you can have caffeine when you are pregnant can be confusing. Understanding how caffeine effects your body, and how it is processed will be help you to determine whether you are comfortable enjoying some caffeine when you are expecting.  Some common questions are: Can you consume caffeine during your pregnancy? Does caffeine affect your baby?  How much caffeine is okay when you are pregnant? This episode answers these questions, dives into all of the details on caffeine and pregnancy, and talks about what the research says about caffeine consumption when you are pregnant.

Sep 04 2016

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Rank #3: 133: Dads and Partners, Everything You Need to Know

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There is so much attention on mom and baby during pregnancy that it is easy to forget about dads and partners, who are so important, and play such a huge role in pregnancy, birth, and parenting.  It is critical to get on the same page and communicate with your partner, go to appointments, and learn about what mom is going through during pregnancy.  Just because you are not pregnant doesn’t mean there isn’t anything for you to do for the nine months leading up to your baby’s arrival.  Get tips on how you can deal with some of the changes mom is going through during pregnancy, the lowdown on sex, how to prepare for birth, how to be a supportive in the postpartum period, and what your role is with a new baby at home.

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode133/

Thank you to Zahler for their support of this episode. Zahler makes a high quality prenatal vitaminthat has the active form of folate, that I prefer after all of the research I have read on folic acid, plus it has omega 3s and DHA.  This is the prenatal vitamin I take and the one I recommend.  Zahler is offering an exclusive discount to listeners of the Pregnancy Podcast. To check out the vitamin and find out how you can save 25% when you buy a one month supply on Amazon go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/vitamin/

Jun 17 2018

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Rank #4: 106: Pregnancy, Pets, and Your Baby

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Episode 106: Pregnancy, Pets, and Your Baby

Many of us have fur babies before we have human babies and our pets are a huge part of our family. Pregnancy can bring up some risks relating to pets and may require some changes in our relationship with our pets. As you are preparing for a new baby, you may also be preparing your pet to be around a new baby. This episode has some tips on introducing your pet to your baby, and answers questions like whether your pet can sense that you are pregnant. Plus, learn about some research showing the benefits of bringing up a baby in a home with a pet.

Show notes: http://pregnancyPodcast.com/episode106/

Thank you to Mommy Steps for their support of this episode. Mommy Steps makes insoles specifically for pregnancy. They have insoles for athletic shoes and ones for flats or boots. You can even heat them in your oven and mold them to your own foot to make you more comfortable and to prevent foot issues during pregnancy. Mommy Steps is offering an exclusive 20% off for listeners of the Pregnancy Podcast. To check them out go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/feet/ and enter the promo code FEET when you checkout.

Thank you to Zahler for their support of this episode. Zahler makes a high quality prenatal vitamin that has the active form of folate, that I refer after all of the research I have read on folic acid, plus it has omega 3s and DHA. This is the prenatal vitamin I take and the one I recommend. Zahler was very generous and gave me a promo code I can share with you so you can save 25% off when you buy a month supply on Amazon. To order them today go to http://amzn.to/2waR28X and enter the promo code PREPOD25 when you checkout.

Oct 01 2017

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Rank #5: 68: I’m Pregnant. Now What? (Updated)

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Once you see the positive result on your pregnancy test you are sure to have a crazy mix of emotions. Finding out you are expecting a baby can change your life in an instant. It can be overwhelming to think about the amount of information you need to consume and the things you need to do before your baby arrives. Do not stress out. If you just take it one step at a time and you will be totally prepared when your little one arrives. This episode brings you up to speed on everything you need to know as soon as you find out you are pregnant.

Jan 08 2017

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Rank #6: 76: Common Pregnancy, Birth, & Breastfeeding Myths

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There are a lot of myths surrounding pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. Many of these false beliefs are perpetuated by movies and television, repeated by news outlets and on social media, and passed on through friends and family. Eventually these untruths come to be assumptions that can mislead expecting moms. Pregnancy myths can give you a negative attitude about your pregnancy, misguide you about your diet, and mislead you about your due date and going into labor.  Myths about birth can limit your options about how you give birth and steer you towards unnecessary interventions. Breastfeeding myths can give you false information about drinking alcohol and breastfeeding and even influence you to stop breastfeeding before your baby is ready to wean. This episode digs into the evidence to debunk 15 common myths about pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding that can have a major impact on you and your baby.

Mar 05 2017

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Rank #7: What to Pack in Your Birth Bag

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Find out exactly what you need to pack in your bag to take to the hospital or birth center when you go into labor.  This is a pretty big to do on your list because of course you want to be prepared and make sure you have everything you need and that you are not forgetting anything when the big birth day arrives.  This episode goes into detail on everything you need to pack, whether you are planning on having your baby at a hospital or a birth center.  If you are planning on a home birth this episode will still be helpful for you because you will want to have a lot of these items on hand and easily accessible during and after your labor at home.

Don’t over think this.  I am pretty obsessed with checklists and I tend to over think things sometimes but to be perfectly honest, if you went into labor and showed up to the birth center or a hospital with nothing you would fine, I promise you it would not be the end of the world.  You would probably have to send your partner out to buy a car seat so you could take your baby home from the hospital or birth center, but otherwise you would surely survive.  With that being said, there are definitely some things you can pack in a bag that will make your labor and birth experience more comfortable.  This episode breaks everything down by what you need to pack for mom, baby, and partner.  Don’t forget about your partner, they need some stuff too.  We will get into what items are must haves and some optional things you may want to consider too.  Don’t worry about writing all of this down.  I created a checklist for you to download with everything on it. 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode141/

Thank you to Zahler for their support of this episode. Zahler makes a high quality prenatal vitamin that has the active form of folate, that I prefer after all of the research I have read on folic acid, plus it has omega 3s and DHA. This is the prenatal vitamin I take and the one I recommend. Zahler is offering an exclusive discount to listeners of the Pregnancy Podcast. To check out the vitamin and find out how you can save 25% when you buy a one month supply on Amazon go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/vitamin/

Thank you to Mommy Steps for their support of this episode. Mommy Steps makes insoles specifically for pregnancy. They have insoles for athletic shoes and ones for flats or boots. You can even heat them in your oven and mold them to your own foot to make you more comfortable and to prevent foot issues during pregnancy. Mommy Steps is offering an exclusive 20% off for listeners of the Pregnancy Podcast. To check them out go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/feet/ and enter the promo code FEET when you checkout.

Thank you to Evenflo who makes the EveryStage car seat for their support of this episode. The EveryStage car seat is an infant seat, convertible, and booster all in one and it has 10 different positions that will keep your baby or older child safe and comfortable. Evenflo’s EasyClick latch system makes it so easy to install and move it from one car to another. When it comes to car seats safety is a huge priority for me and this seat allows kids to be rear facing longer. The EveryStage car seat is well made, safe, and so easy to use. This is the only car seat you will ever need. To check out the Evenflo EveryStage car seat and get a promo code to save 10% you can visit http://pregnancypodcast.com/carseat/

Sep 30 2018

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Rank #8: Running and Walking During Pregnancy

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Running and walking are excellent modes of exercise when you are pregnant. Both will benefit you and your baby and lower your risk for some adverse pregnancy outcomes, like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. Like any exercise, running and walking are not without risks. When you are pregnant a lot of changes happen in your body that will impact your ability to exercise. Thankfully there are some simple tips and guidelines to make sure your workout is pregnancy safe.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Aug 11 2019

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Rank #9: 46: Natural Hospital Birth

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If you want to have a natural birth that does not mean that you have to home birth. The majority of natural births take place in a hospital.  There is a lot you can do to set yourself up for success in navigating through the policies and procedures of a hospital to have an intervention free birth.  This episode gets into some challenges you may face in the hospital, how to overcome those obstacles, and how to set yourself up for a successful natural hospital birth.  Whether you are planning a birth with some interventions or planning to avoid them entirely, this episode has some great tips on how to distinguish between early and active labor, how to communicate with your care provider, and what you can do to prepare for the birth experience you want.

Samantha Lee Wright is a childbirth educator and doula, and she is a pro on navigating a natural birth in a hospital. She is the host for the #1 essential oil podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, The Essential Oil Revolution, where she teaches on the various ways to use essential oils and other healthy living tips to help families take control of their own health.

Jul 31 2016

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Rank #10: Q&A: Waiting for Your First Prenatal Appointment

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Your first prenatal appointment usually isn’t until you are eight weeks pregnant. For many expecting moms there are weeks between a positive home pregnancy test and a visit to a midwife or an OBGYN. These weeks can feel like an eternity, and leave you with anxiety about your pregnancy, worrying about the health of your baby, and a lot of questions about what you should be doing now that you are pregnant. This episode answers a questions about what to do when you are waiting for your first prenatal appointment.

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/firstappointment/

Thank you to Zahler for their support of this episode. Zahler makes an awesome prenatal vitamin that has really high quality ingredients like the active form of folate, bioavailable iron, and DHA. This is the prenatal vitamin I have taken for years and it is still my #1 recommendation today. Zahler is offering an exclusive discount to listeners of the Pregnancy Podcast. To check out the vitamin and get a promo code to save 25% when you buy a one-month supply on Amazon go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/vitamin/

Jan 13 2019

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Rank #11: 151: Five Rules for New Parents

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There is so much focus on pregnancy and birth that many new parents find themselves lost once their baby is born. Most parents prepare to take care of a baby by learning how to change a diaper or how to swaddle, but what about how to take care of yourself? These five rules will help you thrive in your new role and keep you in a positive space so you can take excellent care of your little one.

Show Notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode151/.

Thank you to Zahler for their support of this episode. Zahler makes a high quality prenatal vitamin that has the active form of folate, that I prefer after all of the research I have read on folic acid, plus it has omega 3s and DHA. This is the prenatal vitamin I take and the one I recommend. Zahler is offering an exclusive discount to listeners of the Pregnancy Podcast. To check out the vitamin and find out how you can save 25% when you buy a one month supply on Amazon go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/vitamin/

Thank you to Motherhood Maternity, the best resource for maternity clothes, for their support of this episode. I shopped here during both of my pregnancies and was really happy with the selection, quality, and the prices. I know it can overwhelming to think about not fitting into anything in your closet and it is 100% worth it to invest in maternity clothes. You do not have to sacrifice comfort or style when you are expecting. You can shop at your local Motherhood store or shop online and you can get 40% off one item for the month of March with the code MAMA40 when you shop online. To check Motherhood Maternity out you can visit http://pregnancypodcast.com/maternityclothes/

Mar 24 2019

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Rank #12: 85: Drinking Tea During Pregnancy

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Tea first originated in China, and has been around for thousands of years. Traditional teas, like white, green, oolong, and black tea are made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis shrub, and all contain some amount of caffeine. Herbal and rooibos teas are naturally caffeine free because they are made from herbs, berries, fruit, flowers, seeds from other plants. In evaluating the safety of drinking tea during pregnancy, there are both risks and benefits to consider. In addition to paying attention to the amount of caffeine in tea, there are other components like antioxidants, stimulants, fluoride, and heavy metals that could potentially affect you and your baby during pregnancy. There is a lot of confusion around which teas are safe and which should be avoided during pregnancy and this episode dives into some research to give you a clear list of what teas are thought to be the safest.

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode85/

May 07 2017

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Rank #13: 70: The Second Trimester (Updated)

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For many expecting moms the second trimester is their favorite period of their pregnancy and the one they enjoy the most. During weeks 13 to 27 of your pregnancy first trimester symptoms like morning sickness should be subsiding. By this point you have adjusted to many of the lifestyle changes to have a healthy pregnancy, your moods and emotions should be evening out, and overall you should feel like you have more energy. After all of the internal changes in the last trimester, the second trimester brings a lot of physical changes. Your belly will start showing and you will be able to feel your baby kicking. Get an overview of everything you can expect during the second trimester of your pregnancy including; all of the physical changes you can expect to see, how your baby is growing, what you can expect at prenatal appointments, and some of the to-do items to tackle this trimester.

Jan 22 2017

21mins

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Rank #14: 29: Preparing for Breastfeeding

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There is a lot you can do to prepare for breastfeeding before you have your baby and some very simple steps you can take during your pregnancy.  The more prepared you are for breastfeeding, the better start you will have, and the more successful your breastfeeding relationship will be.  Don't wait until you are holding your baby in your arms to think about breastfeeding.  This episode features Lori Isenstadt of the All About Breastfeeding podcast.  Lori is a breastfeeding expert and explains everything you can do to prepare for breastfeeding now and get off to a great start once your baby arrives.

Lori Isenstadt has many certifications in the maternity field.  She has worked as a childbirth educator, postpartum and birth doula, she has written several eBooks, and for the last 20 years has worked as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a pro on all things breastfeeding, she runs a private practice where she helps moms and babies with breastfeeding, and is the proud host of the All About Breastfeeding podcast.

Apr 03 2016

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Rank #15: When to Announce Your Pregnancy

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There are a lot of questions about when to announce your pregnancy. Some expecting parents are comfortable telling everyone as soon as they have a positive test. Others prefer to wait until they are further along in their pregnancy. Some of the factors that can influence this are how private you are with sharing information, the particulars of your pregnancy, and your specific work situation. Learn why some parents choose to wait for certain milestones and the pros and cons of announcing early and later on. The right timing of when to announce your pregnancy will be different for everyone. This episode breaks down the considerations so you can decide when the right time is for you.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Jan 12 2020

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Rank #16: Caffeine During Pregnancy

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Caffeine is considered a psychoactive drug, meaning that it changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness. It is the most widely consumed drug in the world and is most commonly found in coffee, tea, and chocolate. Caffeine is one of the very first things to be cautious with once you see that positive pregnancy test.  Trying to figure out whether you can have caffeine when you are pregnant can be confusing. Understanding how caffeine effects your body, and how it is processed will be help you to determine whether you are comfortable enjoying some caffeine when you are expecting.  Some common questions are: Can you consume caffeine during your pregnancy? Does caffeine affect your baby?  How much caffeine is okay when you are pregnant? This episode answers these questions, dives into all of the details on caffeine and pregnancy, and talks about what the research says about caffeine consumption when you are pregnant. 

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Sep 15 2019

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Rank #17: Q&A: Pregnancy Fatigue

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It is common to experience fatigue during your pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. Once you are in the second trimester you should feel like you have more energy, and you may have that fatigue come back in the third trimester. The simplest explanation for feeling extra tired is that you are building a human. While it may not seem like you have a lot going on outside your body early on, there is a ton going on inside. This episode answers a listener question about feeling tired during pregnancy and explains all the changes your body is going through that are consuming your energy and some tips to combat fatigue and increase your energy.

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/tired/

Thank you to Aeroflow for sponsoring this episode. Aeroflow is a company that helps you get a breast pump through your health insurance. There can be some hoops to jump through to get a breast pump through your insurance but Aeroflow does all of this for you and makes it so easy. All you need to do is fill out a form that takes just a minute and they will contact your health insurance company and work out all the details, then they will get in touch with you to help you choose the right breast pump. To get started on ordering your pump go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/breastpump/

Thank you to Zahler for their support of this episode. Zahler makes a high quality prenatal vitamin that has the active form of folate, that I refer after all of the research I have read on folic acid, plus it has omega 3s and DHA. This is the prenatal vitamin I take and the one I recommend. Zahler was very generous and gave me a promo code I can share with you so you can save 25% off when you buy a month supply on Amazon. To order them today go to http://amzn.to/2waR28X and enter the promo code PREPOD25 when you checkout.

Aug 30 2017

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Rank #18: Drinks to Be Cautious About During Pregnancy

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You know that your drink of choice during pregnancy should be water. Learn the importance of staying hydrated during your pregnancy, and how much water you should drink every day. In reality, you get the fluids you need from your diet and all the beverages you consume throughout the day. This episode dives deeper than merely telling you to avoid coffee and alcohol. Learn about the risks and safety of popular beverages, including soda, juice, tea, and kombucha.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Apr 05 2020

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Rank #19: Q&A: Carrying High or Low

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Your uterus expands throughout your pregnancy. In the beginning it is hidden behind your pelvic bone, which is why it takes some time for you to start showing. As your uterus grows it becomes a lot more obvious that you are pregnant and the further along you are the bigger your belly gets. Every woman is different, we come in all shapes and sizes, and no two women will carry their pregnant belly in the exact same way. There are a lot of different variable that can influence how your belly sits or appears during your pregnancy. This episode answers a listener question about carrying low, the reasons behind this, and the potential risks.

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/carryinglow

Thank you to Aeroflow for sponsoring this episode. Aeroflow is a company that helps you get a breast pump through your health insurance. There can be some hoops to jump through to get a breast pump through your insurance but Aeroflow does all of this for you and makes it so easy. All you need to do is fill out a form that takes just a minute and they will contact your health insurance company and work out all the details, then they will get in touch with you to help you choose the right breast pump. To get started on ordering your pump go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/breastpump/

Thank you to Zahler for their support of this episode. Zahler makes a high quality prenatal vitamin that has the active form of folate, that I refer after all of the research I have read on folic acid, plus it has omega 3s and DHA. This is the prenatal vitamin I take and the one I recommend. Zahler was very generous and gave me a promo code I can share with you so you can save 25% off when you buy a month supply on Amazon. To order them today go to http://amzn.to/2nOuFVB and enter the promo code PREPOD25 when you checkout.

Jul 26 2017

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Rank #20: 63: Get a Head Start on Parenting

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The first year of your baby’s life goes by so fast and so much of your focus is on sleeping, breastfeeding, eating, and just adjusting to your new role as a parent who is responsible for another human. The transition from baby to toddler happens so quickly and suddenly you have a child who is walking and talking and your focus goes from not just making sure they are well taken care of and healthy, but also, how do you raise them to be smart, respectful, creative, confident, and happy individuals? I recently came across a podcast that is going to help you in your parenting journey. From the first episode I listened to I knew that I had to get in touch with the host and get her on the Pregnancy Podcast. Your Parenting Mojo is an amazing parenting resource for you to listen to and get a head start on parenting!

Featuring Jen Lumanlan who is mom to her two-year old daughter Carris, is working on her Masters in psychology with a focus on child development, and she is the host of the Your Parenting Mojo podcast.  Jen has outstanding research skills and each episode of her podcast is filled with evidence based information you can use on your parenting journey.

Nov 27 2016

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Herpes Simplex Virus & Pregnancy

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There are over 100 herpesviruses, and of those 8 affect humans. The two that are most common are the herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are common skin conditions. If you have HSV-1 or HSV-2, you should not be ashamed or embarrassed. The truth is that this virus affects a considerable portion of the population, and one in five women. Neonatal herpes is a serious condition that can have detrimental effects. The good news is that transmission rates during pregnancy and birth are low. Learn about how the herpes simplex virus can affect you and your baby during pregnancy, what medications are safe to use, and how to prevent transmission to your baby.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Jul 12 2020

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Prioritizing What is Important

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Prioritizing what is important is focusing your attention on the bigger things and spending less energy on the smaller things. Whether something is big or important is completely subjective. You have to decide what is important to you and your partner. Prioritizing what is important will keep you out of feeling overwhelmed. It is easy to burn yourself out trying to learn about every aspect of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Learn how to decide what is important and get tips to keep from getting sidetracked and overwhelmed with too many decisions.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by visiting http://pregnancypodcast.com/important/

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website at http://pregnancypodcast.com

Jul 05 2020

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Autonomy

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Autonomy may not be the first thing you think about when you think of pregnancy or birth. Taking agency and ownership of your body can have a profound impact on your confidence and your satisfaction with your pregnancy and birth experience. This episode explores autonomy as it relates to many aspects of your pregnancy and parenting journey. We cover working with your care provider and participating in the discussion. How autonomy can help you navigate current restrictive policies due to COVID-19. Plus, the value in trusting your intuition. 

Thank you to Deb Flashenberg for sharing so much valuable information in this episode.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Jun 28 2020

32mins

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Precipitous Labor and Birth

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You have a vision of what you imagine your labor going like. There is always the possibility that your birth does not go as planned due to circumstances out of your control. It can cause anxiety for your birth to go another route you were not expecting. One possibility is precipitous labor and birth. This is when your baby is born within three hours of your labor starting. You can think of this episode as some emergency planning just in case you end up with very short and fast labor and birth. Learn about precipitous labor, get some tips if you do find yourself in this scenario, and how to process your birth experience afterward.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Jun 21 2020

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Prodromal Labor

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You spend nine months preparing for your labor and birth, and suddenly it is here, and you are having contractions. Are you sure this is it? It could be prodromal labor. It can be tricky to tell the difference between prodromal labor and actual labor because contractions can have a somewhat regular pattern. They can start and stop at about the same time each day, and this can last for days or weeks before your labor starts. Learn about prodromal labor, how you can cope with it, and how to know when it is a fire drill or the big day you will be meeting your baby.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Jun 14 2020

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Birth Changes for the Foreseeable Future

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COVID-19 has caused a lot of changes to birth plans over the past few months and we can expect many of these changes to last for the foreseeable future. In this episode, I talk with Heather Delaney, of Maryland State Doulas, about how you can prepare, and what to expect if you are pregnant now. Heather is a wealth of information about how hospitals, birth centers, and home birth midwives are navigating this new environment. Learn what questions you should be asking your doctor or midwife, what to expect when you arrive at your birth venue, and what you may experience in labor and postpartum. Plus, the value a virtual doula can bring to your pregnancy and birth, and the logistics of how virtual support can be a lifesaver.

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Jun 07 2020

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Natural and Artificial Sweeteners

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Pregnancy tends to be a time when you examine your diet and make healthy changes. For many expecting mothers, this means cutting back on sugar, which often means increasing the use of sugar substitutes. Throughout evolution, humans have learned to tie sweetness to calorie-rich foods. Now we have access to alternatives that taste very sweet but have zero nutritional value and no calories. Plus, in recent years concerns have been raised over the safety of artificial sweeteners, especially during pregnancy. This episode examines the evidence on natural and artificial sweeteners and their safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

May 24 2020

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Sugar

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Sugar is a broad term for a lot of different molecules that make foods and drinks sweet. Today, sugar is in just about every food and drink we consume. How your body processes different types of sugar varies. Plus, during pregnancy, there are changes to the way your body reacts to and processes glucose. This article explains walks you from understanding sugar and its effects on you and your baby to monitoring your sugar intake and keeping your consumption within recommended levels.

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May 17 2020

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Prenatal Testing Basics

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Your pregnancy journey starts with a positive pregnancy test. That is the first of many tests offered throughout your prenatal care. Some tests diagnose conditions you may have during pregnancy. Others look for genetic abnormalities in your baby. Some tests, like a Group B Strep test, may impact your birth. Tests are useful tools, but they can also create anxiety and stress during your pregnancy. Learn the basics of testing, so you have a better idea of how to make an informed choice when opting into any type of prenatal test.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

May 10 2020

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Gardening Safety & the Evidence on the Benefits of House Plants

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Humans have a long history and connection to nature and the outdoors. That has changed significantly over the years, and today we spend close to 90% of our time indoors. Gardening is an activity you can enjoy that gets your outside and in nature, right in your backyard. While gardening has many benefits, when you are pregnant, there are also a few risks. Learn how to mitigate the risks to you and your baby while gardening. If you don't have a garden or yard, you can still enjoy plants inside your home. As a bonus, plants are supposed to improve the air quality in your house. This episode examines the evidence on this claim. Learn what hazards in your home diminish air quality and what you can do to improve it.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by visiting http://pregnancypodcast.com/garden/

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May 03 2020

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COVID-19 and Breastfeeding

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COVID-19 can bring new challenges to breastfeeding. Don’t panic, plan. Get the evidence and guidelines on how COVID-19 can affect breastfeeding, and what precautions you should be taking to protect yourself and your baby. The COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving situation, and this episode is the most recent info and data available as of April 25, 2020.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Apr 26 2020

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Swelling & Edema

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The technical term for swelling during pregnancy is edema. This happens in about 80% of all pregnancies. While swelling in your legs and feet is common and usually not an issue, it can also be a sign of a more serious condition, like preeclampsia. Learn why swelling happens, how to prevent and treat it, and when you should call your doctor or midwife.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Apr 19 2020

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Trying to Conceive During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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In this episode, we are talking about the coronavirus and trying to conceive. Of all the questions I have received on COVID-19, I get the most from people asking if this is not the ideal time to try and get pregnant. Deciding when to have a baby is a very personal decision with a lot of factors. This article includes some considerations when deciding if now is the right time to try and conceive. This is an ever-evolving situation, and this episode is the most recent info and data available as of April 12th, 2020.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by visiting http://pregnancypodcast.com/coronavirusttc/

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Apr 12 2020

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Drinks to Be Cautious About During Pregnancy

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You know that your drink of choice during pregnancy should be water. Learn the importance of staying hydrated during your pregnancy, and how much water you should drink every day. In reality, you get the fluids you need from your diet and all the beverages you consume throughout the day. This episode dives deeper than merely telling you to avoid coffee and alcohol. Learn about the risks and safety of popular beverages, including soda, juice, tea, and kombucha.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Apr 05 2020

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Coronavirus Update - Limiting Your Risks

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More research has been released in the last week about SARS-CoV-2 and pregnancy and birth. This article is focused on the new evidence that is out and how you can protect yourself and your baby. Get tips on how to stay healthy and support your immune system. Learn what the experts are saying about how to keep your home safe and what you should be doing when you get groceries or takeout. This is an ever-evolving situation and this episode is the most recent info and data available as of March 29th, 2020.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Mar 29 2020

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Coronavirus Update - Changes to Your Prenatal Care & Birth Plan

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A lot has happened over the last week since we first discussed the coronavirus on the podcast. Hear the updates on how this pandemic can affect you during pregnancy, whether or not you get exposed to this virus. You will see changes to your access to prenatal care and changes in your birth plan as a result of this pandemic. This is an ever-evolving situation and this episode is the most recent info and data available as of March 22nd, 2020.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

View all of the resources on the coronavirus by visiting this page.

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Mar 22 2020

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Coronavirus and Pregnancy

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A big challenge of covering the topic of the coronavirus is to find a balance among taking precautions, getting accurate information, being safe and prepared, and not inducing hysteria and fear. That has been part of the reason I have waited to cover this in an episode. I am very cautious about my sources of information, as you should be. There is a lot of alarming information about the coronavirus and there are a lot of unknowns. This is my attempt to synthesize all of the data and information I have been taking in, along with professional guidelines, and the actionable steps you should be taking right now to protect yourself. There are many ways in which this pandemic can affect you during pregnancy, whether or not you get exposed to this virus. You may see changes to your access to prenatal care and changes in your birth plan as a result of this pandemic. This is an ever-evolving situation and this article is the most recent info and data available as of March 15th, 2020.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by visiting http://pregnancypodcast.com/coronavirus/

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Mar 15 2020

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Foods to be Cautious About During Pregnancy

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It is easy to pull up a list online of foods to avoid during pregnancy. It may not be so easy to cut these items out of your diet. Especially if there is something on this list that you consume regularly, or really enjoy. It is not enough information for me to know I should avoid something. I want to know why I should avoid it. The truth is that during pregnancy you will eat something, likely more than once, on the do not eat list. I want to arm you with knowledge about the foods you are eating and the potential risks so you can make an informed decision about what you are comfortable eating.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Mar 08 2020

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How Blue Light Affects Your Pregnancy

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Ages ago our last daily exposure to blue light came with the sunset. After dark, the light we were exposed to was mainly from campfires that contain mostly red light. Today, we are constantly exposed to artificial light that contains blue light that impacts our sleep, circadian rhythms, and hormone production. There is a lot of evidence on how blue light can affect fertility in both men and women, how it can affect your sleep, your hormone production during pregnancy, and even your breastmilk and your baby’s circadian rhythms. This episode features Andy Mant, who is well versed in the evidence and research on blue light exposure. Learn about the risks of blue light exposure and how to easily clean up your light hygiene. Plus, why apps like night shift and Flux do not do enough to protect you. This episode gives you simple hacks you can do to reduce your blue light exposure after dark, reset your circadian clock, protect your baby’s sleep, and stack the odds in your favor for fertility.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Mar 01 2020

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Your Due Date

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One of the first things you do when you find out you are pregnant determine your due date. This date rules everything about your pregnancy from your prenatal care to the timing of your baby shower. This is also the most common question you will get from friends, family, and strangers. As you get close to your due date there can be a lot of anxiety, especially if your due date comes and goes and you are still pregnant. This date is an estimate of when your baby will arrive, it is not an exact science, and it is certainly not a deadline. The calculation we use today is hundreds of years old and the evidence doesn’t 100% agree with the calculation. This episode dives into how your due date is calculated, the accuracy of these calculations, the evidence of how long pregnancy lasts, and what this means for your pregnancy.

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Feb 23 2020

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By handsomeguuyintl - Apr 16 2020
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I have been listening to this podcast throughout my pregnancy and I recommend it! Pick topics you like Pleasant to listen to Great resource Very actual and informative I listen to it while walking Not too long Neutral (not judge mental) gives you plenty of ideas you may not have thought of

Amazing resource!

By Stephber33 - Dec 13 2019
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This podcast is so helpful! The information is clear and concise. Thank you so much!