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Pregnancy Podcast

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Rank #6 in Parenting category

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Health & Fitness
Parenting
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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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Such a wonderful information!!

By Olena Gupalo - Nov 27 2019
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Vanessa, you have the best podcast in the pregnancy category!!! Thank you for all education that you provide!!!

Excellent and super informative

By iallen85 - Nov 07 2019
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This podcast really helped make things less scary for me by giving me the information I needed!

iTunes Ratings

482 Ratings
Average Ratings
402
27
22
21
10

Such a wonderful information!!

By Olena Gupalo - Nov 27 2019
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Vanessa, you have the best podcast in the pregnancy category!!! Thank you for all education that you provide!!!

Excellent and super informative

By iallen85 - Nov 07 2019
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This podcast really helped make things less scary for me by giving me the information I needed!

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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.

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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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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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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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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7: Preparing for Baby

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Some people feel like they have been planning their whole life for baby and others may feel like they are flying by the seat of their pants trying to get everything together before the baby comes.  No matter which camp you are in let me tell you right now, don’t stress out.  Yes there are a lot of to dos and to buys before your baby comes but if you can get by on much less than you think.  Literally the only things you absolutely must have are a car seat and diapers.  You could live without anything else.  Of course there are a lot of things that make your life easier and baby’s life more comfortable but you do not need to get wrapped up in buying everything on a six page list of must have items.  In this episode we talk about maternity and paternity leave, health insurance for baby, car seats, diapers, the nursery, strollers, toiletries, clothes, toys, blankets, breast pumps, and bottles.

Nov 01 2015

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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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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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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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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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Q&A: Baby Movement

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It can be exciting to feel your baby move. For many moms this is a nice reassurance that there is in fact a baby in your belly. Your baby starts off making spontaneous movements really early on, but your little one is so small that you do not feel them. As your baby’s nervous systems continues to mature the neurons between the muscles and the brain are connecting, which gives your little one control over their movements. The more your baby grows the more pronounced their movements are. This episode answers a listener question about when in your pregnancy you can feel your baby moving.

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

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 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 discount for listeners of the Pregnancy Podcast. Go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/feet/ and enter the promo code FEET to save 20% off.

Nov 15 2017

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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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88: Your Due Date

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One of the first things you do when you find out you are pregnant is figure out when your due date is. 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. Your due date is an estimate of when your baby will arrive, it is not an exact science, and it is certainly not a deadline. Only 4% of women have their baby on their estimated due date and only 70% have their baby within 10 days of their due date. The calculation we use today is hundreds of years old and 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 human pregnancy lasts, and what this means for your pregnancy.

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode88/

May 28 2017

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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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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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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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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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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

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53: Traveling While Pregnant

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Traveling can be a challenge even when you are not pregnant. Traveling can be a big part of our lives from taking a trip for work, to visiting family, to taking vacations. With a few exceptions traveling while pregnant is no different than traveling when you are not expecting. The key is planning ahead. Whether you are hopping in a car for a road trip, getting on a train, or flying to another country this episode goes through some tips to stay healthy and be as comfortable as possible while traveling when you are expecting.

Sep 18 2016

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114: Labor Signs

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When you have made it through most of your pregnancy and are in the final stretch you enter the waiting game of waiting to go into labor. This can be nerve racking for two reasons. First you do not know when you are going to go into labor, and second you do not know how to tell that you truly have started labor and it isn’t just a false alarm. This episode explains the signs that labor is going to start soon and the signs that you are in labor. You are not going to experience all of these signs, and some of these signs may happen to you but go unnoticed. After listening to this episode you will have a better idea of what to look out for to know when labor is starting, and when to call your doctor or midwife.

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode114/

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 discount for listeners of the Pregnancy Podcast. Go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/feet/ and enter the promo code FEET to save 20% off.

Nov 26 2017

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103: Pregnancy Sleep, Tips for Better Sleep

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Sleep isn’t just the key to waking up feeling well rested in the morning. Quality sleep will also improve your focus and productivity, reduce your stress, and overall improve your health. When you sleep your body is in an anabolic state, which means that your body is building up things like your immune system, which you know is important at any life stage, but especially during your pregnancy. Simply put, sleep gives your body and your brain a chance to repair and rebuild. There are so many things you can do to increase the quality and quantity of your sleep. The time from getting pregnant, through the first few years of your baby’s life is a huge learning curve. It takes time to figure out what works for your family, adjust to new demands, and develop new schedules. You will need to have some flexibility in your sleep routines for these phases coming to your family in the next few years. This episode goes through a lot tips that will help you get better sleep during your pregnancy and at any stage during your life.

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode103/

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.

Sep 10 2017

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Will Eating Dates Help Your Labor?

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Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree. They are a small oval fruit, about one to three inches long, or three to seven centimeters, and they have a pit in the middle of them. Dates are high in sugar and contain nutrients like fiber, potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamin B6. Dates are rumored to naturally induce labor and make for a shorter labor. Sounds pretty great right? Thankfully there are several studies available to examine these claims and evaluate the evidence for eating dates late in your pregnancy. This episode breaks down the claims that dates will help your labor, and the science and studies behind them.

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.

Dec 08 2019

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When You and Your Partner Disagree

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There is an infinite number of decisions you and your partner have to make. Some examples are what prenatal tests to take, how to decorate the nursery, what to name your baby, who should be at the birth, and what procedures are done to your baby after they are born. It is a never-ending list, and even after all of these decisions are made the two of you are going to constantly make decisions throughout your child’s life. Some decisions are more trivial than others, but even working on coming to an agreement you are both comfortable with on little things can help you work out the big things. This episode goes through a lot of strategies you can put to use when you and your partner disagree to try and get on the same page. 

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.

Dec 01 2019

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110: When You and Your Partner Disagree

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There are an infinite number of decisions you and your partner have to make like prenatal testing, how to decorate the nursery, what to name your baby, who should be at the birth, and what procedures are done to your baby after they are born. It is a never-ending list, and even after all of these decisions are made the two of you are going to constantly making decisions throughout your child’s life. Some decisions are more trivial than others, but even working on coming to an agreement you are both comfortable with on little things can help you work out the big things. This episode goes through a lot of ideas you can put to use when you and your partner disagree to try and get on the same page.

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode110/

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 discount for listeners of the Pregnancy Podcast. To check them out go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/feet/ and enter the promo code FEET to save 20% off.

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://pregnancypodcast.com/vitamin to learn how to save 25% off when you buy a one month supply.

Nov 30 2019

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Centering Pregnancy & Group Prenatal Care

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The traditional model of medical care faces increasing challenges. Factors like increasing health care costs, limitations of provider availability, issues like dissatisfaction with wait times, and the minimal opportunity for education and support associated with the individual care model have given rise to interest in alternative models of prenatal care. Centering started in the 90s when nurse-midwife Sharon Rising started bringing expecting mothers together for group prenatal appointments. Put in the simplest terms, Centering Pregnancy means that your prenatal care is in a group setting. This episode dives into the research on how this model of group care can impact your pregnancy and birth.

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

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Nov 24 2019

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Using Your BRAIN – 5 Questions You Should Be Asking

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This episode we are talking about using your brain. In this case we are talking about your brain as being an acronym for some good questions you can run through when deciding if any intervention or procedure is right for you during pregnancy, birth, or with your newborn. You will come across a lot of opportunities to opt-in or out of interventions during your pregnancy or birth, or even with your newborn baby. In a perfect world, every procedure comes along with informed consent and you have all of the information you need to make an educated decision you can be confident in. In the real world, constraints like limited time available for appointments make true informed consent a challenge. This episode has 5 simple questions you can ask to help determine whether any procedure or intervention is right 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.

Nov 17 2019

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Health Insurance

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In the United States, the average cost of a vaginal birth is over $9,000 and the average cost for a cesarean section is almost $13,000. Health insurance is important because it will help to cover some of these costs and minimize the amount you will need to spend on medical bills. The first step is to find the right insurance coverage for pregnancy and birth. This episode is going to get you off on the right foot to minimizing your costs and making sure you are covered. You should know how your insurance works so you aren't surprised by medical bills after your baby arrives. If you already have health insurance that you are happy with this episode is going to help explain how health insurance works during your pregnancy and birth and how to understand what your cost is going to be. If you do not have health insurance or you are in the process of changing your insurance this episode will help you figure out how to choose the right plan.

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.

Nov 10 2019

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Q&A: Unsolicited Advice

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People give advice because they want to help. They think they have some information that you need to hear. It doesn't matter if they are educated about pregnancy or birth. Everyone has an opinion or advice and a lot of people feel compelled to share it with you. Even when you do not ask for it. People who give unsolicited advice are coming from a good place. It would be great if you could just speak your mind and tell people that you are not interested in their opinions. We also have relationships we want to uphold and feelings we do not want to hurt. This is the challenge. Get tips and tactics to deal with unsolicited advice when you are pregnant.

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

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Oct 27 2019

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Ultrasounds

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You can expect to have at least one, or likely multiple ultrasounds during your pregnancy. This technology does more than give you a sonogram picture for your baby book. The information from an ultrasound can confirm your baby is healthy and diagnose potential issues. While these exams can be helpful when medically indicated, many expecting mothers may be getting additional ultrasounds that are unnecessary. There are a lot of studies on ultrasounds and this episode breaks down the evidence on ultrasounds in each trimester and the research on their safety. This episode is a must-listen if you are considering a 3D or 4D ultrasound of 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.

Oct 20 2019

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Colds & Flu During Pregnancy

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Being sick is never fun, but especially not when you are pregnant. There are some additional challenges to the common cold during pregnancy. You are more susceptible to getting sick when you are pregnant because your immune system is lower. You may take longer to recover from being ill and to get over a cold. Pregnancy limits what types of medications you can safely take. It is so important to take care of your health when you are expecting. Unfortunately, even when you do take good care of your health, it is possible to catch a cold. Find out what over-the-counter medications you should avoid and how to treat the symptoms of the common cold and flu during pregnancy to get healthier faster.

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.

Oct 13 2019

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Tdap Vaccine During Pregnancy

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A vaccine is created by taking a weakened or killed form of a disease causing micro-organism that causes your body to produce antibodies. This provides immunity without actually inducing the disease. Vaccines are a very controversial topic. This episode is an introduction to what vaccines are and gets into specifics on the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy. In addition to different types of vaccines, there are many ingredients that can be included in vaccines. These ingredients serve a particular function like increasing your immune response or as a byproduct of the processing. Tdap is one of two vaccines recommended during pregnancy that provides immunity for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Get the benefits and risks of getting the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy so you can make an informed decision on whether it is right 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.

Oct 06 2019

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Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy

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Flu is short for influenza, which is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. In healthy adults the flu normally isn’t serious and symptoms usually subside in about a week. When you are pregnant, the inflammatory response your body has to the flu during pregnancy puts you at a higher risk for some complications. It is recommended that pregnant women get the flu vaccine during their pregnancy to protect them and give passive immunity to their baby. There are many flu vaccines available and it can be a challenge to weigh the risks and benefits to decide whether getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy is right for you. This episode dives into all of the pros and cons and considerations to think about to make an informed decision on whether you should get the flu vaccine during 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.

Sep 29 2019

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Alcohol During Pregnancy

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Alcohol is one of the very first things to go once you see that positive pregnancy test. Trying to figure out guidelines for alcohol and pregnancy can be so confusing. Can you drink any alcohol during your pregnancy? Does it affect your baby? How much is okay? These are questions you may have asked your doctor or midwife and you usually get one of two answers. You hear, absolutely no alcohol, in any quantity, or, it’s okay to enjoy a glass of wine from time to time with a meal. You already know that drinking high amounts of alcohol is a bad idea. What about an occasional drink? This episode is going to get into all of the details on alcohol and pregnancy, how it affects your baby, and what the research says about drinking 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 22 2019

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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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Cord Blood Banking

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Cord blood banking is definitely a confusing topic and this episode summarizes the information you need to understand cord blood banking and make an informed. Learn how cord blood stem cells are used, what conditions they treat, and how it is stored at a cord blood bank. When considering all of the pros and cons of cord blood banking, perhaps the biggest consideration is how it fits in with delayed cord clamping. This episode breaks down the evidence on cord blood banking so you can decide if it is right for you and your baby.

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

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Aug 25 2019

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Belly Binding & Postpartum Girdles

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There are a lot of products you can wear postpartum that are marketed as a way to return to your pre-pregnancy body faster with claims that they promote healing and weight loss. This ranges from Bengkung belly binding to mass produced garments that go by a lot of different names like pregnancy shape wear, belly wraps, belly binders, postpartum girdles, or support belts.  Brands vary and there are a lot of different styles, but overall the idea behind all of these is the same. The big question is, do they really work? This episode digs into all of the marketing claims and talks about the evidence, or lack of evidence, to back up these claims. If you do decide you would like to try a postpartum girdle there are tips for finding the right one and an evaluation of the top selling products available.

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

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Aug 18 2019

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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.

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Aug 11 2019

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Heat Exposure During Pregnancy

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Exposure to heat in hot weather and activities like working out can cause your body temperature to go up. Your normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or 37 degrees Celsius. Hyperthermia occurs when you have a high temperature (102 degrees Fahrenheit, or 38.9 degrees Celsius) for an extended period of time without an actual fever. When you are expecting there is concern of an elevated core temperature causing neural tube defects, spontaneous abortion, and other abnormalities. There are cautions you should take when practicing Bikram yoga, going in a hot tub or sauna, and even taking a hot bath. Learn about heat exposure and how to make sure you and your baby stay safe and do not overheat.

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Aug 04 2019

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Weaning Your Child from Breastfeeding

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There is not a huge amount of research on quitting breastfeeding. Research is more focused on keeping mothers breastfeeding. This makes sense, but it isn’t a lot of help when you are ready to wean and have limited evidence of how to do it. Some of the best breastfeeding resources lack great information on weaning. What you find instead is information on why you should keep breastfeeding and anxiety inducing articles on all of the things that can go wrong when you stop nursing. This episode aims to take the anxiety out of weaning. Get actionable tips on how to stop breastfeeding and transition from being a breastfeeding mother to your next parenting adventure.

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Jul 28 2019

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Breastfeeding, Troubleshooting Your Baby

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Newborns are hard wired to breastfeed and are born with instincts to help them latch on right after birth. But that doesn’t mean it always goes perfectly right from the start. Many new moms expect breastfeeding to come naturally without many issues. In reality, breastfeeding can take practice and patience as you and our baby navigate breastfeeding for the first time. There are a lot of issues that can come up during breastfeeding in the first few days, and even months down the road. The more you know about the small speed bumps you could run into the more likely you are to be able to get over those and correct small issues before they become big problems. This episode is focused on troubleshooting issues that could show up in your baby like jaundice, tongue tie, yeast infection, thrush, food allergies or sensitivities, nursing strikes, sleepy babies, cluster feeding, growth spurts, and spitting up.

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

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Jul 07 2019

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Breastfeeding, Troubleshooting Your Breasts

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Many women expect breastfeeding to come naturally without many issues. In reality, breastfeeding can take practice and patience as you and our baby navigate breastfeeding for the first time. There are a lot of issues that can come up during breastfeeding in the first few days, and even months down the road. The more you know about the small speed bumps you could run into the more likely you are to be able to get over those and correct small issues before they become big problems. This episode is focused on troubleshooting issues that could show up in your breasts like leaking, sore nipples, nipple shields, pain during breastfeeding or pumping, vasospasms, blebs, plugged ducts, mastitis, and engorgement.

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 30 2019

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