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.