There are a battery of tests available to you when you are expecting and it is easy to feel like you are constantly waiting for results back to let you know everything is okay. Don’t worry, that isn’t going to do you or your baby any good. What you can do is learn about what the different testing options are and make informed decisions on what tests you want to take and whether you would like to avoid or decline any of them. This episode is focused on the noninvasive tests including urine and blood tests, the non-stress test, genetic screening, biophysical profile, and glucose screening and testing. We go into what each test is looking for and the risks and benefits.
You are probably thinking, Depression? I won’t be depressed! I am going to be so happy when my baby arrives, postpartum depression is not something I need to worry about. Not exactly. After the birth of your baby, your hormone levels drop quickly. Remember those pesky hormones estrogen and progesterone that drive you crazy in the first trimester? A major drop in these after birth leads to chemical changes in the brain that can trigger mood swings. When you combine major drops in hormone levels with a lack of sleep, your body working to recover from labor and birth, and the stress of caring for a newborn you have the perfect storm to be bummed out. From the baby blues to postpartum depression this episode breaks down everything you need to know.
There is so much attention on mom and baby during pregnancy that it is easy to forget about dad, who is so important, and plays such a huge role in pregnancy, birth, and parenting. We will be talking about getting on the same page and communicating with your partner, going to appointments, what your partner may be going through during pregnancy and how you can deal with some of the changes, sex, and so much more about the role of dad during pregnancy, birth, and once the baby arrives. This episode covers everything you need to know from finding out you are going to be a dad to bringing baby home.
We are continuing on the topic of bringing baby home and tackling some troubleshooting. There are a lot of things that can come up with a newborn and the goal of this episode is to prepare you for it and teach you what you can do to solve some pesky problems you may come across. Most of these issues are not serious, but as always, trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, call your pediatrician. Knowing what issues can come up with a newborn and how to troubleshoot them, or prevent them in the first place, will give you the tools you need to rock the first few days and weeks with your baby. This episode discusses jaundice, breastfeeding, diaper rash, baby acne, cradle cap, sharp finger nails and scratching, colds, vomiting, fevers, gas, and colic.
Bringing baby home is exciting but it can also be a little nerve-racking when you are not sure what you can expect. The first few days and weeks are a challenging adjustment period. There is a lot you can do to make things easy on yourself. Do not feel like you have to have a spotless house and be perfectly put together. Ask for some help, especially from your partner and anyone coming over to visit and meet the baby. Give yourself permission to take some time to figure things out and don’t feel like you have to have it all together from day one. This episode covers everything you need to know when you bring baby home from the hospital or birth center so you can be confident when you start your parenting journey.
Breastfeeding is so important and one of the best things you can do for your baby. There is no formula that comes close to mimicking breastmilk. Your milk contains every vitamin, mineral, and nutritional element your baby needs. Babies who are breastfed are at a lower risk for ear infections, intestinal upsets, respiratory problems, allergies, dental problems, and their immune system will be stronger. Nursing produces prolactin and oxytocin, which are hormones that foster a connection to your baby and help you recover from birth better. You can do two key things to make sure you are successful with breastfeeding; learn and get help if you need it. Listen to this episode of the Pregnancy Podcast to get the information you need to get breastfeeding off to a great start!
All the episodes we have done thus far have been leading up to the big day. This is it. We are talking about the day when you get to meet your little guy or girl. We will be covering everything you can expect, some signs of labor, the different stages and how your labor progresses, procedures you can expect, and in general how everything happens. Keep in mind that at the end of the day you get to meet your baby. You may have specific plans for your labor and if you do your homework and are prepared you have a good chance of it going as planned. Listen to this episode to learn everything you need to know about birth.
An intervention is any procedure performed by a care provider, usually a doctor or midwife to assist in the delivery of the baby. Interventions include IVs, epidurals, fetal monitoring, assisted delivery (using forceps or a vent house suction cup), episiotomy, induction, augmentation, and cesarean. By learning what each procedure entails and when and why it is performed you will be better able to make sound decisions as to whether or not you really need or want it.
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.
Would you run a marathon without any training? No, of course not, that would be crazy. Labor is a marathon. It is one of the most physically and emotionally challenging workouts you will ever go through so why on earth would you go into it without any training? This is why you need to take a birth class. A birth class prepares you for what to expect, it prepares your partner, and even does some emergency preparation in the event something comes up that you are not expecting. In labor things can move really quickly, if you aren’t familiar with different options or procedures you could be making hasty decisions. If you are knowledgeable you will be able to make sound decisions because you came prepared. Bottom line is taking a birth class and educating yourself increases the chances that you are going to get the birth experience you want.
Welcome to the third and last trimester! The third trimester goes from weeks 28 until your baby’s birth. Your pregnancy is measured in forty weeks, but some babies like to hang out in your belly a little longer and can go a week or two past their due date. If you are in your third trimester, congratulations, you are in the home stretch until you get to meet your little guy or girl. This trimester can be a bit challenging as your belly keeps growing and you have some new symptoms as a result of carrying around more weight and you may also find yourself anxious to have your baby and ready to be done being pregnant. Keep in mind, you are almost at the finish line and when you get to meet your baby all of the hoopla that came along with being pregnant is 100% worth it, so hang in there!
Everything you can expect during weeks 13 to 27 of your pregnancy. The second trimester is also known as the golden trimester. For many women this is their favorite trimester and the period of their pregnancy that they enjoy the most. You should overall be feeling better and have a lot more energy. This trimester brings on a ton of physical changes. These 15 weeks are also a major period of growth and development for your baby. You will get to find out if you are having a boy or a girl and also be able to feel the baby kicking. This episode gets into more specifics on the physical changes you can expect to see, changes to your sex drive, maternity clothes, Braxton Hicks contractions, stretch marks, and everything going on with baby.
Everything you can expect and what to do to thrive during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. This will probably be the biggest adjustment period for you 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 12 weeks are also a major period of growth and development for your baby. You may not see a whole lot going on outside during the first 12 weeks but you will definitely be able to tell there is a whole lot going on internally, and emotionally. We get into more specifics on morning sickness, hormones, baby's development, common symptoms, and how you can get some relief from some of the not so fun side effects of being pregnant.
Prenatal care, what is it? We get into what it is and why it is way more than just showing up to your doctor’s appointments. You can expect to have somewhere around 14 appointments throughout your entire pregnancy. So on 14 days you will see a doctor or a midwife, that’s it. For the other 260 some days that you are pregnant it is just you and the baby. You, as the final decision maker, are the biggest influence on your little one.
What the heck you are supposed to do and what changes you may need to make once you find out you are pregnant. This brings you up to speed on everything you should know from the moment you see a positive result on a pregnancy test. This episode covers everything from prenatal vitamins, health insurance, caffeine, fitness, to what you shouldn't eat and what activities to avoid during your pregnancy.
In this short episode you get a quick rundown of everything you can expect from Vanessa Merten and the Pregnancy Podcast. The Pregnancy Podcast is 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.