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Pregnancy Podcast

The Pregnancy Podcast is a podcast all about navigating the crazy awesomeness that is pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent! Vanessa Merten provides info that goes way beyond the typical “pregnancy instruction manual” by sharing perspectives from first-time moms, experienced moms, midwives, doulas, the latest research, and even a physician here and there – all so you decide what the best option is for YOU and feel confident about​ your decisions during your pregnancy and beyond. The Pregnancy Podcast covers everything from pregnancy, prenatal care, labor, natural birth, breast feeding, newborns, and being a new parent. The Pregnancy Podcast is ​a resource to help you make informed decisions about your pregnancy and your baby. Rest assured, you’ll find the real solutions that are in line with your family and your lifestyle.
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Mar 27, 2016

Consumption of placenta by a mom after birth has been a taboo subject and has been gaining popularity in recent years.  We are going to really dive into the possible benefits and risks of this practice, discuss the scientific evidence available to back up the claims, and talk about your options for consuming it, from raw placenta smoothies to placenta encapsulation.  The thought of eating your placenta might gross you out at first but once you hear about some of the amazing benefits women claim it has you might be willing to consider it.  This is not another podcast solely focused on the all of the wonderful things placenta encapsulation does.  This is an examination of all of the pros, cons, evidence, studies, and all of your options.  After listening to this episode you will totally understand what placenta encapsulation is and have all of the information you could possibly need to decide if this is something you want to consider.

Mar 20, 2016

What cord blood is, how a cord blood bank works, how cord blood is used, and what conditions it can treat.  There are many reasons you may consider cord blood banking, and the decision to do it should be based on all of the pros and cons.  If you do decide to bank your baby’s cord blood you have options between public and private banks, and this episode gets into the pros and cons of each.  This is definitely a confusing topic and it can be a challenge to get all of the information you need to understand cord blood banking, and make an informed decision as to whether it is something you want to do.  There is also a lot of confusion about whether cord blood banking is compatible with delayed cord clamping and this episode gets into the details on how you can potentially do both.

Mar 13, 2016

Everything you need to know and take into consideration about delaying the clamping of your baby’s umbilical cord.  Your baby’s umbilical cord is their lifeline.  It is constantly delivering oxygen and nutrients, and removing carbon dioxide and waste.  Learn how the placenta and the umbilical cord work both during pregnancy and after birth, whether there are benefits of delayed cord clamping, and what your available options are.  If you do decide to delay the clamping of your baby’s umbilical cord, find out some great tips on how to approach this topic with your doctor or midwife.  Whether or not to delay cord clamping does not just apply to a vaginal birth for a full term baby.  The timing of clamping the cord is still very important if you have a baby preterm or if you have a cesarean section.

Mar 6, 2016

Have you thought much about maternity clothes?  Does the thought of not fitting into anything in your closet freak you out?  Maybe you are excited to dress up and show off your growing bump.  Expecting moms fall all over the spectrum on how they feel about maternity clothes.  On top of your emotions and feelings about growing, you may love shopping and have an unlimited budget, or you may not like going to the mall and not have much, if anything, to spend on maternity clothes.  The good news is that we are covering all the basic things you need to know about maternity clothes.  The goal is to feel comfortable and stylish no matter how you feel about fashion, and regardless of what your budget is.  In this episode we will get into how you can raid your closet (or a friend's closet) for pieces you can wear throughout your pregnancy, what are some must haves, and where to shop for great deals.

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