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Pregnancy Confidential

Pregnancy Confidential is a series of 32 podcasts designed to be accessed weekly by expectant moms. Hosted by editors from Parents and Fit Pregnancy and Baby magazines, each 10-20 minute podcast walks listeners through the physical, emotional and/or lifestyle markers of that week of pregnancy. The tone is friendly, fun, and conversational—you can read the medical information about pregnancy elsewhere. This podcast will be your best friend taking you through the real feelings—the joy and the annoyances—of pregnancy so you never have to experience any of it alone. This is real talk/girlfriend-to-girlfriend stuff you might not get elsewhere.

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Pregnancy Week 35 - A Sneak Peek at Your Future Sex Life

As the big day approaches, you may be wondering what those bedroom antics will look like after you give birth. There’s a lot to think about: Your recovery, the baby, the logistics, the lack of sleep, your body image... It’s easy to get overwhelmed and worry that you’ll be waving goodbye to your sex life. We’re here to reassure you that while that’s not true (think about how many mamas you see with two under two), things might change and shift a little, both physically and emotionally, and not always for the worst. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

20mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #1

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Pregnancy Week 17 - Picking a Baby Name You Don’t Hate

For Week 17, we address the big baby name question: How do you actually pick one—that doesn’t sound pretentious, works with your last name, doesn’t make your partner question your sanity or remind you of your nemesis in 4th grade? Yup, choosing a baby name is harder than it looks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

19mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #2

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Pregnancy Week 22 - Sometimes Being Pregnant Sucks (And It’s OK)

It’s Week 22 and you’ve been pregnant for a while—you’re over the hump, but you still have a trimester and a third to go. While pregnancy is a time for glowing, planning and getting excited for the baby-­to-­be, it can sometimes be a bummer: Sleepless nights trying to stay in the “right” position (Why is it that you always loved sleeping on your left side until now?), heartburn, a sense of anxiety you can’t shake, mood swings. Sometimes pregnancy blows—and it’s OK. Today we’ll talk about why you really don’t have to LOVE being pregnant all the time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #3

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Pregnancy Week 21 - The Weird and Unnecessary Advice You Get When Pregnant

It’s Week 21 of your pregnancy and you’re finally getting the hang of this business of being with child. You might even have a good idea of what kind of parent you’ll be (a good one, duh). But just as you start to gain confidence as a mom-­to-­be, you’re knocked down by the lady in line at Subway who questions your choice of sandwich. Congrats! You have a bump and it’s officially open-­season for anyone and everyone to give you baseless, unsolicited advice. In this episode, we’ll discuss the worst we’ve heard and how to deflect criticism with panache. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

20mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #4

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Pregnancy Week 19 - Do You Think I’m Sexy? The Pregnancy Body Image Episode.

Everyone loves to talk about the pregnancy glow, and it’s usually one of the questions you’ll get asked at parties: How are you feeling; are you glowing yet? At Week 19, you may still be feeling more chubby than blossoming, and you might be battling your share of pregnancy acne and the occasional stretch mark, so feeling like a sexy mama could seem far from achievable right now. But this can change or it may not apply at all—there are plenty of women who feel their sexiest during pregnancy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

19mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #5

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Pregnancy Week 16 - Home, Hospital or Birthing Center? You Decide.

Decisions, decisions: pregnancy can feel a little full of them at times. But at Week 16 you’re at the best part of your pregnancy, some say—the bit where the first trimester ickiness is in the rearview mirror and your barely-­there bump is far from holding you back. If you’re feeling full of energy and ready to organize the world, now might be a great time to consider your birthing options. While some may be dictated by your type of provider, it’s never too late to change your mind, or get educated on your choice of where you deliver. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #6

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Pregnancy Week 18 - Planning a gender reveal: Boy? Girl? Who cares?

Most parents find out their baby’s sex (if they choose to find out) during their mid­pregnancy ultrasound, usually around 18 to 20 weeks—that is if your technician can tell (sometimes it’s still not that easy). That makes now a great time to start planning your gender reveal—if you believe in such a thing. And if you have no idea what we’re talking about, you’re off the hook: It’s a fairly new trend that’s been picking up speed lately and, like a pregnancy reveal, there are about gazillion ways to do it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

17mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #7

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Pregnancy Week 36 - New Parent Mistakes

Parenting is a tough job—one of the toughest you’ll ever have. And, of course, it’s rewarding. But entering into the new world of parenting, especially if this is your first, can feel totally overwhelming. First, know this: You WILL make mistakes. Also know this: Everything will be OK. Luckily, there are a few things you can learn now, while you’re still pregnant, that will help smooth those initial bumps in the road—whether that’s helping you avoid some easy mistakes, or simply knowing when to relax (a little) when the you­-know-­what hits the fan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

20mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #8

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Pregnancy Week 34 - Due Dates are Dumb!

If you’ve subscribed to a pregnancy newsletter or downloaded an app, everything is based on one thing: your due date. It’s also the first thing people ask you when they find out you’re pregnant. But what if we told you the whole idea of a due date is bogus? And that the whole idea of counting down is basically pointless. Sure it’s great to know where you are in your pregnancy for the essential stuff, like scheduling ultrasounds (and listening to this podcast), but when it comes to the final countdown, it may not matter as much as you think. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

19mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #9

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Pregnancy Week 38 - Baby Blues vs. Postpartum Depression

It’s Week 38: you’re probably desperate to get this darn baby out one day, and terrified of the reality of being a mom the next. It’s an exciting/nerve-wracking time with lots to keep you up at 4 a.m., thank you very much. It’s often the fear of the unknown that can be the scariest of all, and one major unknown is how you’ll really feel when the dust settles and you’ve got a newborn to take care of. With more celebs, like Hayden Panettiere, opening up about postpartum depression, you might be wondering: Will it happen to me? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

22mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #10

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Pregnancy Week 39 - Let’s Get This Show on the Road!

It’s Week 39, and ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got ourselves a full term baby! This means you have full permission to start giving birth now... If only it was as easy as willing it to so. Nope, the baby likes to come when the baby is ready, and sometimes that can feel like never. You get your hopes up with every Braxton Hicks contraction, only to be disappointed when they go absolutely nowhere. So is there a way to help labor on its way from home? Yes—sometimes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

19mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #11

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Pregnancy Week 40 Plus - To Induce or Not to Induce?

You’ve made it to your due date! Congrats. But the fact that you’re still listening tells us you’re not exactly in the throes of labor—yet. Reaching Week 40 and beyond can be a frustrating time. You can feel as big as a house with a four-­car garage and totally, 100% ready to get this birthing show on the road. Like NOW. Now that you’ve hit D­-day, it’s time to get serious. Do you induce or don’t you? And if so, how long do you go before the P­-word (Pitocin) is uttered? Remember: it’ll all be worth it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #12

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Pregnancy Week 37 - The First Week With Baby

Welcome to Week 37 of your pregnancy—and eek! Your baby is almost here. This has probably dawned on you no less than 30 trillion times in the last week and you might be starting to feel that panic over what this parenting thing will really be like—and how you’ll really feel that week post­-birth (will you even know what to do with a baby?). In this episode, we get real about what that very first week back from the hospital will be like, and we’re not holding back... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

20mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #13

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Pregnancy Week 20 - Now What Do I Put on That Registry?

In this episode we’ll cover all you need to know about Week 20 of pregnancy. We’re calling it the “Registry Special,” or the “I Better Start Thinking Seriously About This Baby Stuff” period. This is the week when you have the big, extensive mid­-pregnancy ultrasound that will help determine your baby’s overall health. It can be totally nerve­wracking, but once it’s done, you may feel more ready to start thinking seriously about what this baby needs when she comes out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #14

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Pregnancy Week 14 - The TMI Episode

At Week 14 you’re truly in your second trimester—and with it comes a slew of body changes that you’re probably starting to notice—from top to bottom. Yup, there’s a lot more to pregnancy than just growing a baby bump, even for those seemingly blessed with a “perfect” bump on a “perfect” body. There’s nary an inch of your body that goes untouched during these 9 months, not always for the worst (hello, big boobs and lustrous hair!). And sometimes for the worst (thanks but no thanks pregnancy acne). In today’s TMI episode, we focus on your changing pregnant body. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

19mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #15