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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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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.

 

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 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.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

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