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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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Oct 14, 2018

Progesterone is the most important hormone in a group of steroid hormones known as progestogens. This hormone plays a major role during your pregnancy by affecting your uterus, amniotic fluid, and your immune system. Overall, progesterone is involved in maintaining your pregnancy and preventing preterm birth. As a supplement, progesterone is used during pregnancy primarily for recurrent miscarriage and to prevent preterm labor. There is a lot of research on the use of progesterone and this episode dives into the role progesterone plays, testing your levels, supplementing, and the use of progesterone to prevent miscarriage and preterm birth.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode142/

 

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/

 

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/

Oct 7, 2018

Heartburn is so common during pregnancy and it is estimated that heartburn can affect over half of all expecting mothers. Heartburn is characterized by a burning sensation in the upper part of your digestive tract. This is caused by acid going from your stomach into your esophagus. heartburn is also sometimes referred to as acid indigestion or acid reflux. Heartburn tends to be most common in the third trimester and should disappear after you have your baby. Thankfully, there are a lot of diet and lifestyle changes, as well as over-the-counter medications that can treat heartburn and improve symptoms. This episode explains why you may experience heartburn during your pregnancy and dives the evidence behind all of the treatments for heartburn so you can safely relieve your heartburn when you are pregnant.

 

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

 

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/

 

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 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/

Sep 30, 2018

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 16, 2018

Kombucha is a fermented tea that has become increasingly popular in recent years as a health drink. The beneficial ingredients in kombucha include probiotics, polyphenols, amino acids, active enzymes, and B vitamins. This all sounds good right? When it comes to pregnancy and breastfeeding, the most common recommendation is to avoid kombucha because it contains caffeine and alcohol, it is not pasteurized, and it can have a detoxifying effect on your body. This episode answers a listener question about whether kombucha is safe during pregnancy and digs into the risks and benefits of drinking kombucha when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

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

 

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/

 

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/

Sep 9, 2018

Hemorrhoids are estimated to affect around 40% of pregnant women, and that number climbs even higher after birth. Hemorrhoids can cause bleeding during a bowel movement, pain, swelling, itching, and general discomfort. Changes in your hormones and your body make you more susceptible to hormones during pregnancy and giving birth and the action of pushing can also cause them. While the only cure for hemorrhoids is giving them time to heal there is a lot you can do to prevent them and to find relief in the event you do end up with them during your pregnancy or after you have your baby. This episode breaks down what hemorrhoids are, how you get them, how you can prevent them, and what you can do to safely treat them during pregnancy and in the postpartum period.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode140/

 

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/

 

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 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/

Sep 2, 2018

Milk supply can be a stressful topic and low supply is the most common reason that moms stop breastfeeding, or don’t feel like they can breastfeed. Lactogenic foods or galactagogues are substances that are thought to increase your milk supply. Things like lactation cookies or smoothies usually incorporate several of these ingredients. This episode answers a listener question about whether lactation cookies work and what ingredients are best for promoting milk supply.

 

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

 

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.

Aug 26, 2018

Pumping is a great way to provide breast milk to your baby when you cannot be there to breastfeed.  This could be so you can run errands for a couple hours, enjoy a night out with girlfriends, or because you will be returning back to work after your maternity leave is over.  Breast milk is often referred to as liquid gold, and it is.  It is so valuable and amazing that it cannot be reproduced in a lab, only you can make it, and your milk is perfectly formulated for the needs of your baby.  Hooking your boobs up to a machine to pump milk is pretty strange, but the fact that you can give your baby your own breast milk from a bottle is awesome. Pumping breast milk can really make a major difference for moms who need to be away from their baby during a short time and especially if you will be returning back to work at some point after the birth of your little one.  This episode is focused on all the fundamental things you need to know about pumping breast milk.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode139/

 

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/

Aug 19, 2018

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.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode138/

 

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/

Aug 12, 2018

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. 

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode137/

 

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/

Aug 5, 2018

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, and your milk is customized just for your baby.  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.  Breastfeeding produces prolactin and oxytocin, which are hormones that foster a connection to your baby and help you recover from birth better.  Hear about the fundamental things you need to know before your baby is born and what to expect when they arrive and start breastfeeding. By understanding the basics you will have a solid foundation to start building a successful breastfeeding relationship with your new baby.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode136/

 

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/

Aug 1, 2018

The idea of breastfeeding a baby may be foreign if you have not been around other mothers who are nursing and if you have never had a baby before.  You may think of breastfeeding as something that will come naturally once your baby is born, or you may be freaked out about the idea of breastfeeding.  Every mom and baby are different and breastfeeding is a relationship that has to work for both you and your little one.  This episode gives some advice to an expecting mom who is freaked out about breastfeeding and some of the possible challenges that she could encounter.

 

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

 

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/

Jul 25, 2018

Generally if you delay cord clamping you would clamp and cut the umbilical cord after a few minutes or when it stops pulsating.  In a lotus birth, sometimes called physiological cord clamping, the cord is never cut and your baby remains attached to the placenta until the cord naturally separates.  The term lotus birth was coined in 1974 after Claire Lotus Day observed that chimpanzees do not sever the umbilical cord of their babies.  This is not the most common practice but it has been increasing in popularity.  This episode answers a listener question about whether there are scientific studies on lotus birth and the safety of the practice.   

 

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

 

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/

Jul 22, 2018

Your cervix is the lower part of your uterus that opens to your vagina.  The length of your cervix changes as your pregnancy progresses and naturally shortens as you approach the birth of your baby.  In addition to our cervix shortening, when you are in labor your cervix dilates or opens and effaces or thins to allow your baby to pass through during birth.  If your cervix is weak it could open up early and cause preterm birth or a late term miscarriage.  In the medical community this is referred to as an incompetent cervix.  In some cases a surgical procedure, called a cervical cerclage, is recommended.  As with any surgical procedure there are benefits and risks you should be aware of.  This episode breaks down how your cervix changes during pregnancy and birth, when a cervical cerclage is evidence based and the risks and benefits of the procedure.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode135/

 

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/

Jul 4, 2018

Lipase is an enzyme that is naturally produced in breastmilk that can give your milk an off smell and taste. This is only noticeable when you freeze milk, and then thaw it out and it may have a funny smell and taste.  Some babies do not mind this at all, while others will be fussy about drinking it and may even refuse it altogether.  The good news is that there is a solution to this problem.  This episode answers a listener question about lipase in breastmilk and how to get rid of it.

 

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

 

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/

Jul 1, 2018

Summer time means warmer weather, which can also mean insects like mosquitos, fleas, and ticks, tend to be more abundant. More insects mean the potential for increased exposure to bug bites.  Bug bites are never fun, and they are not something you want to deal with when you are pregnant.  Insects like mosquitos, fleas, and ticks are bothersome to say the least, but worse, they can carry diseases.  Some of the illnesses that can be spread by these pests include Zika, malaria, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus.  No one wants to encounter these diseases and especially when you are pregnant because they can be a serious risk to you and your baby.  The big question is, do you need to worry about bug bites during pregnancy?  The short answer is no, you shouldn’t worry, but you should be aware of what the risks of bug bites during pregnancy, how to treat bites, and how you can safely limit your exposure and mitigate the risks to you and your baby.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode134/

 

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 20, 2018

Gentle yoga is commonly recommended as a good exercise during pregnancy and there are many documented benefits of the practice. While many poses are recognized as safe throughout your pregnancy, there are some poses that instructors advise against.  From a liability perspective it is always going to be safer for yoga instructors or professionals to advise against something during pregnancy, especially when there are unknowns or a lack of evidence.  It is not surprising that many people advise avoiding inversions during pregnancy.  An inversion is any pose where your head is lower than your heart.  Downward facing dog is probably the easiest, and this goes all the way up to handstands, with a lot of poses in between.  This episode looks at the specific risks of inversions during pregnancy so you can decide whether you are comfortable doing inversion yoga poses when you are expecting a baby.

 

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

 

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

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 13, 2018

When you are pregnant it can be a challenge to limit your exposure to harmful substances and activities in your everyday life.  Many expecting moms also have to be concerned about occupational exposure to things like chemicals or heavy lifting at work.  This episode addresses questions from a listener who is a painter and is concerned about her job and her baby’s health.  This episode is focused on what work or job hazards pose a risk, and how to figure out what you can avoid, or what modifications you can make to make your job environment safer for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy.

 

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

 

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/

 

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.

Jun 10, 2018

By mass iron is the most common element on earth.  We wouldn’t be alive without iron, which is why it is called an essential mineral.  Iron is essential for anyone, but it is really critical during pregnancy.  Iron is a component of hemoglobin, which is a substance in your red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs throughout your body.  During pregnancy your blood volume increases by 50%, which requires a lot of iron.  When you are not replacing iron as quickly as your body is using it you end up with a deficiency.  If you are deficient in iron during pregnancy it can cause premature labor or your baby to have a low birth weight,and impaired cognitive and behavioral development.  You can expect to have blood tests done that look at your complete blood count, which can tell you if your iron levels are low, or if you are potentially anemic.  If you are not getting enough iron from your diet your doctor or midwife may recommend an iron supplement.  Deciding what form or iron is the right one to take to maximize your iron levels and minimize unpleasant side effects can be a challenge.  This episode breaks down the evidence on iron during pregnancy, and the different sources of iron so you can make sure you and your baby have optimal iron levels.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode132/

 

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/

 

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.

Jun 6, 2018

People love to tell you what you can and cannot do when you are pregnant.  Most often people don’t mean any harm, but sadly they are misinformed and incorrect information is frequently repeated without anyone fact checking.  This episode answers a listener question about being petite and being able to carry a baby to term.  There is some truth to having a higher risk of premature labor if you are smaller and we can really put that into perspective by looking at the evidence on maternal size and preterm labor.

 

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

 

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/

 

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.

Jun 3, 2018

Vitamin D plays a crucial role during your pregnancy. One of the most important things vitamin D does is help with the absorption of other important nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate, and zinc. The majority of expecting mothers are deficient in vitamin D. This increases your risk for preeclampsia, negative health outcomes for your child later in life, and may even increase your risk for a cesarean section. Your body gets vitamin D from exposure to sunlight, your diet, and supplements like your prenatal vitamin. Most prenatal vitamins contain far less vitamin D than research is showing is necessary for adequate levels required during pregnancy. Find out what the most current research says about vitamin D during pregnancy and how to make sure you have enough vitamin D to support you and your baby.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode131/

 

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/

 

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.

May 30, 2018

There are a lot of strange things that can happen during pregnancy.  Some expecting moms may be surprised to see that their toilet seat is turning blue. If you have not experienced this, picture a white toilet seat with a faint blue print where your butt and thighs come into contact with the toilet seat.  While it may be most noticeable on a white toilet seat, it can happen with other materials, like sheets, your deodorant stick, or anything that is coming into contact with your skin.  Some of the hypotheses as to why this happens are due to dye from new maternity jeans, the pH of your skin, or your sweat having a chemical reaction to something, and of course we can always blame hormones for anything pregnancy related. This episode answers a listener question and explains why she is turning her toilet seat blue.

 

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

 

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/

 

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.

May 27, 2018

BPA is short for bisphenol A, and this is an industrial chemical used in plastics.  This is not a new chemical, BPA was first synthesized in 1891 and beginning in the 1950s this chemical was used in polycarbonate plastics which are used in a lot of food and drink packaging.  BPA is also used in epoxy resins, like the coatings you find inside of most canned food, bottle tops.  Some other unexpected places you may find BPA is in receipts, movie tickets, and even baby toys.  Exposure to BPA is a concern because it is an endocrine disruptor.  Your endocrine system is your hormone system and BPA disrupts this by mimicing estrogen.  You know hormones are a big deal, especially for pregnancy and hormones drive practically every process in your body.  Listen to this episode to learn how BPA can affect you and your baby, whether BPA is something you should be avoiding, and how you can reduce your expsoure to it during your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode130/

 

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/

 

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.

May 16, 2018

A cesarean section can be a lifesaving procedure for a mom or a baby.  In a perfect world this surgery is only performed when absolutely necessary, meaning when it is safer for your baby to be born via cesarean, rather than to remain in your belly, or be born vaginally.  The big question is, what determines whether a C-section is absolutely necessary? This episode addresses this question and gives you some tips on how you can be comfortable in knowing when a cesarean birth is necessary and when it is not.

 

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

 

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.

May 13, 2018

Breastfeeding is commonly thought of as something that comes naturally once your baby is born.  For a small number of mothers this may be true, but for the majority of new moms the truth is that breastfeeding takes work and dedication.  I am in my second season of breastfeeding and I have learned a lot, and many things I have learned the hard way.  In this episode I share those lessons with you to hopefully save you from some of the mistakes I have made, and let you in on some of the changes I made with breastfeeding the second time around.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode129/

 

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/

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