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Pregnancy Podcast

The Pregnancy Podcast provides information that goes way beyond the typical “pregnancy instruction manual” by sharing research-backed, evidence-based information. Vanessa Merten designs every episode to give you all the evidence, research, pros, cons, risks, and benefits. You will have all of the knowledge you need to decide the best options for you and feel confident about your decisions during your pregnancy and beyond. This podcast covers everything from trying to conceive, pregnancy, prenatal care, labor, birth, postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, newborns, and being a new parent.
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Aug 14, 2022

Week 28 until your baby’s birth, around 40 weeks, is the last stretch until you meet your baby. This episode covers everything you need to know to navigate the third trimester. Your baby is going through many changes this trimester to prepare for life outside your womb. This trimester can be challenging as your belly keeps growing, and you have some new symptoms resulting from carrying more weight. You may also find yourself anxious to have your baby and ready to be done being pregnant. You are almost at the finish line. Learn what to expect at your prenatal appointments this trimester. Find out what to-do items you should work on. Plus, get tips on your partner’s role and how they can support you.

 

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15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy nursing pillows make breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby so much easier. Designed with experts like lactation consultants to provide ergonomic support for you and your baby, Boppy nursing pillows are a lifesaver for new parents. As a reminder, Boppy products are for your baby's supervised, awake time. These products are not for sleep.

 

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You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

 

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Aug 7, 2022

Weeks 13 to 27 of your pregnancy tend to be the favorite period for many expecting moms. This episode covers everything you need to know to navigate the second trimester. Your belly will start showing, and you will be able to feel your baby kicking. By this point, morning sickness should be subsiding. You have adjusted to many lifestyle changes to have a healthy pregnancy. Your moods and emotions should be evening out; overall, you should feel like you have more energy. After all of the last trimester's internal changes, the second trimester brings many physical changes. Learn what to expect at your second-trimester prenatal appointments. Find out what to-do items you should work on this trimester. Plus, get tips on your partner’s role and how they can support you.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

 

FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase of AG1. With one delicious scoop of AG1, you’re absorbing 75 high-quality vitamins, minerals, whole-food sourced superfoods, probiotics, and adaptogens to help you start your day right. This special blend of ingredients supports your gut health, nervous system, immune system, energy, recovery, focus, and aging. As a friendly reminder, pregnant or nursing women should seek professional medical advice before taking this or any other dietary supplement.

 

10% off 8 Sheep Organics with the promo code PREGNANCYPODCAST. The Belly Balm from 8 Sheep is specially made to moisturize your growing belly and soothe itchy and stretching skin. It is made fresh every day with clean, natural ingredients that you can pronounce. There are no parabens, no mineral oils, and no nasty chemicals you don't want on your skin.

 

15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy nursing pillows make breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby so much easier. Designed with experts like lactation consultants to provide ergonomic support for you and your baby, Boppy nursing pillows are a lifesaver for new parents. As a reminder, Boppy products are for your baby's supervised, awake time. These products are not for sleep.

 

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Jul 24, 2022

The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy are the most significant adjustment period. This episode covers everything you need to know to navigate the first trimester. Your baby is building organs and structures. You will experience some physical and emotional symptoms of pregnancy. Understanding common first trimester symptoms can help you cope with some of the uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy. Learn what to expect at your first few prenatal appointments. Find out what to-do items you should work on this trimester. Plus, get tips on your partner’s role and how they can support you.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

Save 40% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon with the code PREPOD40 until July 31, 2022. You can always see the current promo code for the Zahler prenatal vitamin by clicking here. Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things to ensure you have all the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need. Zahler goes above and beyond to use high-quality bioavailable ingredients like the active form of folate, bioavailable iron, and omega 3s.

 

15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy nursing pillows make breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby so much easier. Designed with experts like lactation consultants to provide ergonomic support for you and your baby, Boppy nursing pillows are a lifesaver for new parents. As a reminder, Boppy products are for your baby's supervised, awake time. These products are not for sleep.

 

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

 

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Jul 17, 2022

There are over 3.6 million babies born every year in the United States alone. That creates a big market for companies that sell products geared toward new parents. Companies make everything you could imagine a new parent could use. This massive industry is estimated to reach over $225 billion in 2022. Preparing for a new baby makes it easy to get caught up in the consumerism of thinking you need everything. Marketing draws on your emotions to be a good parent and to keep your baby safe. Social media influencers can influence you to purchase particular products or brands. Plus, pregnancy is an exciting time, and buying things in preparation for your baby is fun.

 

It can be overwhelming to think about choosing the right products, how much everything will cost, and where you will put everything. This episode will explain exactly what you need for your new baby, whether you are purchasing items yourself or adding them to a baby registry. Plus, download the Ultimate List of the must-haves, optional items, and what is unnecessary.

 

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15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy nursing pillows make breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby so much easier. Designed with experts like lactation consultants to provide ergonomic support for you and your baby, Boppy nursing pillows are a lifesaver for new parents. As a reminder, Boppy products are for your baby's supervised, awake time. These products are not for sleep.

 

Save 20% off plus free shipping on your first order of diapers from Coterie. Coterie diapers have up to 2x more liquid capacity and up to 4x faster absorbency compared to other brands. Plus, they are made from the cleanest materials and engineered for softness. Coterie diapers feel more like a cloth diaper than any disposable diaper I have ever used.

 

Save 40% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon with the code PREPOD40 until July 31, 2022. You can always see the current promo code for the Zahler prenatal vitamin by clicking here. Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things to ensure you have all the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need. Zahler goes above and beyond to use high-quality bioavailable ingredients like the active form of folate, bioavailable iron, and omega 3s.

 

You can read the full article and resources accompanying this episode, plus download the Ultimate Checklist by clicking here.

 

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Jul 10, 2022

If you are pregnant and are expecting gifts, there are several reasons you should consider a baby registry. A registry helps friends and family know what you need and want. Without a registry, you will end up with items you do not need that you cannot return or exchange. A registry eliminates duplicates because once someone buys an item, the list updates to show someone purchased it. There are also perks for parents who create a baby registry. Many will give you a welcome gift that includes baby items, samples, and coupons. The majority of registries will also offer a completion discount. This means you can get a discount on any remaining items you purchase off your registry. This episode walks you through considerations when choosing where to register, the pros and cons of the top options, and tips for building your baby registry.

 

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25% off an Expectful annual membership with the code PREGNANCYPODCAST. Expectful is the mental health app for before, during, and after pregnancy. The Expectful app is backed by science with benefits for both you and your baby. There are over 1,600 meditations to ease the journey to becoming a mother from fertility through your baby’s first year.

 

Save 40% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon with the code PREPOD40 until July 31, 2022. You can always see the current promo code for the Zahler prenatal vitamin by clicking here. Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things to ensure you have all the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need. Zahler goes above and beyond to use high-quality bioavailable ingredients like the active form of folate, bioavailable iron, and omega 3s.

 

15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy nursing pillows make breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby so much easier. Designed with experts like lactation consultants to provide ergonomic support for you and your baby, Boppy nursing pillows are a lifesaver for new parents. As a reminder, Boppy products are for your baby's supervised, awake time. These products are not for sleep.

 

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

 

Join Pregnancy Podcast Premium to access the entire back catalog, listen to all episodes ad-free, get a copy of the Your Birth Plan Book, and more.

 

For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

Jul 3, 2022

The tradition of baby showers as we know them today began in the 1930s. The term "shower" comes from showering the expecting mother with gifts. Baby showers are so much more than presents. A baby shower is a celebration of becoming a mother and the new baby joining your family. You can choose to celebrate with all the prim and proper of a traditional baby shower, or you can opt for a get-together that throws all the rules out the window. However, you choose to celebrate your baby and becoming a mother, I hope you feel special and celebrated by friends and family. This episode covers everything you need to know about a baby shower, including etiquette, planning tips, and ideas to make your baby shower the perfect celebration.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

25% off an Expectful annual membership with the code PREGNANCYPODCAST. Expectful is the mental health app for before, during, and after pregnancy. The Expectful app is backed by science with benefits for both you and your baby. There are over 1,600 meditations to ease the journey to becoming a mother from fertility through your baby's first year.

 

15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy nursing pillows make breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby so much easier. Designed with experts like lactation consultants to provide ergonomic support for you and your baby, Boppy nursing pillows are a lifesaver for new parents. As a reminder, Boppy products are for your baby's supervised, awake time. These products are not for sleep.

 

Save 40% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon with the code PREPOD40 until July 31, 2022. You can always see the current promo code for the Zahler prenatal vitamin by clicking here. Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things to ensure you have all the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need. Zahler goes above and beyond to use high-quality bioavailable ingredients like the active form of folate, bioavailable iron, and omega 3s.

 

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

 

Join Pregnancy Podcast Premium to access the entire back catalog, listen to all episodes ad-free, get a copy of the Your Birth Plan Book, and more.

 

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Jun 26, 2022

A babymoon is a vacation expecting parents take before their baby is born. This is a relatively newer tradition with no strict rules. The point is to set aside time to enjoy yourself with your partner before your baby arrives. That could mean an all-inclusive resort on a tropical island, or it could be a day-long adventure in your city. This episode has tips for planning your babymoon to help you with the best time during your pregnancy to vacation, how to stay safe, work with your budget, and how to customize your babymoon to fit you and your partner. Plus, tips for making the most out of your babymoon to maximize quality time with your partner, relax, and maybe even get some free perks.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

Save 40% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon with the code PREPOD40 until June 30, 2022. You can always see the current promo code for the Zahler prenatal vitamin by clicking here. Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things to ensure you have all the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need. Zahler goes above and beyond to use high-quality bioavailable ingredients like the active form of folate, bioavailable iron, and omega 3s.

 

Save 20% off plus free shipping on your first order of diapers from Coterie. Coterie diapers have up to 2x more liquid capacity and up to 4x faster absorbency compared to other brands. Plus, they are made from the cleanest materials and engineered for softness. Coterie diapers feel more like cloth diapers than any disposable diaper I have ever used.

 

You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.

 

Join Pregnancy Podcast Premium to access the entire back catalog, listen to all episodes ad-free, get a copy of the Your Birth Plan Book, and more.

 

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Jun 19, 2022

Most aspects of having a baby rest solely on the mother. One of the biggest things I hear from partners during pregnancy, labor, and after their baby arrives is that they don't know what to do. They feel useless and like they can't help. Or they feel like there is nothing for them to do. There are so many things partners, and dads can do to support mom and baby. This episode gives you a solid idea of your partner's role and the many ways they can support you during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

 

Save 40% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon with the code PREPOD40 until June 30, 2022. You can always see the current promo code for the Zahler prenatal vitamin by clicking here. Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things to ensure you have all the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need. Zahler goes above and beyond to use high-quality bioavailable ingredients like the active form of folate, bioavailable iron, and omega 3s.

 

Save 20% off Basis with the promo code PREGNANCYPODCAST. Basis helps you bounce back from whatever dehydrates you. The Clean Hydration Mix has 1,000 mg of electrolytes with the right balance of magnesium, potassium, and sodium to perfectly rehydrate you.

 

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Jun 12, 2022

One of the first things you do when you find out you are pregnant is to determine your due date. This date rules everything about your pregnancy, from your prenatal care to the timing of your baby shower. This is also the most common question from friends, family, and strangers. As you get close to your due date, there can be a lot of anxiety, especially if your due date comes and goes and you are still pregnant. This date estimates when your baby will arrive, it is not an exact science. It is certainly not a deadline. The calculation we use today is hundreds of years old, and the evidence doesn’t 100% agree with the calculation. This episode examines how to calculate your due date, the accuracy of these calculations, and what this means for your pregnancy. 

 

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Jun 5, 2022

Once you see the positive result on your pregnancy test, you are sure to have a crazy mix of emotions. You are probably excited, nervous, and maybe a little freaked out. Finding out you are expecting a baby can change your life instantly. It can be overwhelming to think about the amount of information you need to consume and what you need to do before your baby arrives. If you take it one step at a time, you will be prepared when your baby comes. This episode brings you up to speed on everything you need to know as soon as you find out you are pregnant. 

 

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May 22, 2022

A birth plan is your plan of how you envision your birth and what happens directly following the birth of your baby. A birth plan is much more than a piece of paper you hand to your care provider. It is the process you go through to prepare for the birth experience you want. This process will lay the foundation for you to be prepared for the scenario in which everything goes exactly as planned and for what should happen in the event things do not go as planned.

 

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May 15, 2022

A birth plan is much more than a piece of paper you hand to your care provider. A birth plan is a process you go through to prepare for the birth experience you want. This process will lay the foundation for you to be prepared for the scenario in which everything goes as intended and for what should happen if things do not go as planned. While parents write a birth plan and go into labor with the best intentions, birth plans are not always successful. Having your requests not fulfilled or having a birth not go as planned can leave you disappointed in your experience and feeling like you failed. This episode examines the top reasons birth plans fail and how to avoid those mistakes to create the birth experience you want.

 

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May 8, 2022

Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree. While dates are high in sugar, they also contain nutrients like fiber, potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamin B6. There are many claims about the health benefits of eating dates. Among the many claims is that dates can naturally induce labor and make labor shorter. Sounds pretty great, right? Thankfully, several studies are available to examine these claims. Learn about the research on eating dates and labor, the proposed mechanism of action, and the recommendations for including these in your pregnancy diet.

 

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May 1, 2022

Protein does more than build muscle mass. Protein is necessary to structure, function, and regulate virtually all tissues in your body. You can imagine that you need protein for yourself and your growing baby during pregnancy. While there is a Recommended Daily Allowance for protein during pregnancy, some research shows the RDA is underestimated and varies based on the stage of pregnancy. Supplemental protein powders are an easy solution if you need to add additional protein. There are considerations when selecting a protein powder and cautions for some of the ingredients and contaminants found in some powders. This episode examines the evidence on protein requirements during pregnancy, sources of protein in animal and plant-based diets, and supplementing with protein powders.

 

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Apr 24, 2022

Many studies demonstrate the benefits of yoga during pregnancy, from reducing time in labor to improving newborn outcomes. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that modified yoga is one of the safest exercises for pregnant women. ACOG also cautions against specific poses and hot yoga. As with examining any activity, there is nuance to determining what activities are safe. There is research available on particular poses and practicing yoga in a heated environment. This episode examines the evidence on prenatal yoga, physical changes that can affect your yoga practice and precautions, and tips to modify yoga during pregnancy.

 

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Apr 17, 2022

Research has firmly established strength and resistance training benefits for your physical and mental health. Lifting weights may be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about strength training. This can also include using resistance bands, kettlebells, and body-weight exercises like pushups, pull-ups, or squats. Even activities like plyometrics and yoga can be considered strength training. Although there is a lot of research on exercise during pregnancy, there are limited studies on strength training. ACOG attributes the lack of literature to resistance training not being considered a safe activity in early guidelines for exercise during pregnancy. This was due to potential injury and possible fetal heart decelerations. This episode examines the evidence on strength training, physical changes that can affect strength training, and precautions and tips to make your workouts safe during pregnancy.

 

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Apr 10, 2022

Cardio is any workout in which you elevate your heart rate. Many exercises fall under the umbrella of cardio. This includes walking, hiking, running, biking, rowing or elliptical machines, dancing, playing sports, or HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Activities like jumping jacks, burpees, and jumping rope are also cardio workouts. There is a large body of evidence to support cardiovascular exercise for nearly all aspects of your health. Cardio allows you to improve the health of your cardiovascular and respiratory systems while building muscle and burning calories. As with any exercise during pregnancy, physical changes can require you to modify your cardio to ensure your workouts are safe for you and your baby.

 

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Apr 3, 2022

Regular exercise during pregnancy can decrease your risk of complications like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean birth and promote a healthy weight gain. Working out can also ease common pregnancy symptoms like constipation and back pain. In addition, living an active lifestyle will improve your physical and mental health in the short and long term. This episode is an overview of exercise in pregnancy including recommendations and what activities you should avoid.

 

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Mar 27, 2022

Your body will go through a more significant transformation during pregnancy than in any other period of your life. Although building and growing a human is an amazing feat, not everyone is thrilled about the involved physical changes. There is evidence that women commonly experience body dissatisfaction during and after pregnancy. This can range from having negative thoughts to struggling with body dysmorphia or an eating disorder. Many external factors influence your thoughts, feelings, and perception of your body. The body image you internalize plays a significant role in your mental health. This episode focuses on the forces that influence body image and how you can reframe how you view your body during pregnancy and after you have your baby.

 

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Mar 20, 2022

Your doctor or midwife will monitor your weight as a metric of your health during pregnancy. Excessive weight gain or not gaining enough weight during pregnancy is associated with newborns’ low and high birth weights, preterm delivery, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, cesarean birth, and postpartum hemorrhage. Your risk for these complications is lower if you gain a healthy amount of weight during your pregnancy. Learn about the guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy, how those translate in reality, and what you should be focused on to gain a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy.

 

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Mar 13, 2022

The growing body of research on sleep demonstrates the absolute necessity of sleep for every biological function. Your body goes through significant changes during pregnancy and while recovering from birth and breastfeeding. One of the best interventions for your health, recovery and the health of your baby is to get good sleep. Unfortunately, these life stages also come with challenges to your sleep. Those challenges can be in the form of common pregnancy symptoms or a newborn who needs you at all hours of the night. The good news is that there are evidence-based tools and tips to overcome these challenges and improve your sleep.

 

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Mar 6, 2022

The growing body of research on sleep demonstrates the absolute necessity of sleep for every biological function. This includes learning, memory, brain function, mental health, appetite regulation, immune system function, metabolic function, the health of your gut microbiome, even your cardiovascular health. It is well established in the scientific literature that sleep is a critical component for all aspects of health, especially during pregnancy. Humans are the only species who will deliberately deprive themselves of sleep. The good news is there are many evidence-based and straightforward steps you can take to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep.

 

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Feb 27, 2022

This article examines your care team during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Your primary care provider is the cornerstone of your prenatal care and birth experience. In addition to your doctor or midwife, many other types of practitioners can play a role in your care. This article will help you understand each professional's role in your care, differentiate between different professional certifications, and navigate working with these specialists.

 

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Feb 20, 2022

Staying hydrated is crucial to help your overall health. Water makes up around 60% of your total body weight, and every cell in your body needs water to function. Staying hydrated helps you regulate body temperature, aids in digestion, transporting nutrients and oxygen to cells, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating waste. These processes are also crucial during pregnancy for your baby, and you have increased water requirements when you are pregnant. Plus, if you are not drinking enough water, you can exacerbate many common pregnancy symptoms.

 

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Feb 13, 2022

Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things you can do to ensure you have all of the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need during pregnancy. You have an increased need for specific nutrients during pregnancy, and it is challenging to meet these requirements with your diet alone. There are many choices when it comes to selecting a prenatal vitamin. How do you know which ones are high-quality? What should you look for on the ingredient label? What ingredients should you avoid? All of these questions, and more, are answered in this episode.

 

This episode features Kenn Israel, a formulator and an expert resource on prenatal vitamins. Kenn brings decades of expertise and talks about what to look for in a prenatal vitamin and why getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need during pregnancy is crucial.

 

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