Info

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.
RSS Feed
Pregnancy Podcast
2022
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2021
December


2015
September


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: Page 1
Nov 27, 2022

A lot of things need to come together for you to have the birth experience you want. Your birth room environment should feel safe and calm. You need methods to keep you focused and relaxed, so you are not mentally depleted. You also need techniques to relieve physical symptoms during labor, like nausea, exhaustion, and pain. Labor is an intense experience, and it is a marathon. There is not one universal tool that magically works for every mother in labor. Having lots of tools in your toolbox is essential. This article overviews tools ranging from inexpensive gadgets you can buy on Amazon to evidence-based techniques for an easier labor and birth.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

 

15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy hybrid baby carriers combine the ease and security of a structured carrier with the comfort and connection of a baby wrap. The ComfyFit Adjust Hybrid Baby Carrier has adjustable arm straps, wraps, and belt to make it easy to share among caregivers and adjust with your postpartum body. 

 

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon and get a free silicone baby bib. 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.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.

 

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.

 

Check out the 40 Weeks podcast to find out how your baby is growing each week and learn what is happening in your body. Plus, get a heads up on what to expect at your prenatal appointments and a tip for dads and partners.

 

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

Nov 20, 2022

If you went into labor and showed up at the birth center or a hospital with nothing, 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, but otherwise, you would indeed survive. You can pack some things in a bag that will make your labor, birth, and postpartum experience much more comfortable. This episode breaks down what you should pack in your hospital or birth center bag for you, your baby, and your partner. Don't worry about taking notes. You can download a free checklist.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

 

15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy hybrid baby carriers combine the ease and security of a structured carrier with the comfort and connection of a baby wrap. The ComfyFit Adjust Hybrid Baby Carrier has adjustable arm straps, wraps, and belt to make it easy to share among caregivers and adjust with your postpartum body.

 

Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon and get a free silicone baby bib. 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.

 

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

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.

 

Download the free checklist and read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.

 

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.

 

Check out the 40 Weeks podcast to find out how your baby is growing each week and learn what is happening in your body. Plus, get a heads up on what to expect at your prenatal appointments and a tip for dads and partners.

 

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

Nov 13, 2022

Review your pregnancy timeline from conception until your baby is born. This episode overviews how your baby develops, what changes your body goes through, and what you should do each month of your pregnancy. Learn when to expect significant milestones like feeling your baby move and critical points to know about in your prenatal care.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

 

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA and get a free silicone baby bib. You can always see the current promo code for the Zahler prenatal vitamin by clicking here. https://pregnancypodcast.com/vitamin/ 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 hybrid baby carriers combine the ease and security of a structured carrier with the comfort and connection of a baby wrap. The Boppy ComfyHug Hybrid Newborn Baby Carrier was created with NICU experts and parents of preemie babies to ensure a great fit for your newborn. As a reminder, Boppy products are for your baby's supervised awake time. These products are not for sleep.

 

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.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode. 

 

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.

 

Check out the 40 Weeks podcast to learn how your baby grows each week and learn what is happening in your body. Plus, get a heads up on what to expect at your prenatal appointments and a tip for dads and partners.

 

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

Nov 6, 2022

How you experience labor and birth will be unique for you. While each labor is different, there is a typical path that all labor follows. This article overviews labor and birth and will walk you through the start of labor until you are on your own at home with your newborn. Plus, tips for what you should do to navigate each stage of the labor process best.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

 

15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy hybrid baby carriers combine the ease and security of a structured carrier with the comfort and connection of a baby wrap. The Boppy ComfyHug Hybrid Newborn Baby Carrier was created with NICU experts and parents of preemie babies to ensure a great fit for your newborn. As a reminder, Boppy products are for your baby's supervised awake time. These products are not for sleep.

 

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon and get a free silicone baby bib. 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.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.

 

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.

Oct 23, 2022

Essential oils are naturally occurring oils made by steam distillation or cold pressing the flowers, roots, seeds, fruit, or bark of plants. These concentrated extracts retain the essence of the plant’s fragrance. Essential oils have long been a part of complementary and alternative medicine in aromatherapy, topical application, or ingestion. Natural remedies, like essential oils, are an attractive alternative for expecting mothers who wish to avoid chemicals or pharmaceuticals and utilize more natural remedies. Most information on essential oils comes from the marketing of the companies that manufacture them or their representatives. There are a lot of claims that essential oils can treat everything from common discomforts to severe illnesses. It can be challenging to determine which claims are valid and which may be exaggerated. This episode examines the safety of essential oils during pregnancy and the evidence of their effectiveness in treating pregnancy symptoms and improving your birth experience. Plus, tips for buying essential oils.

 

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 your Simply Magnetic Me order with the code PREGNANCY. Simply Magnetic Me clothing is crafted with 100% organic cotton and sew-safe magnetic closures that connect quickly and quietly. All you do is line up the fabric, and it magically closes. This means you spend less time fussing with snaps, and zippers and more time connecting with your baby.

 

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

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.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.

 

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.

Oct 16, 2022

Flu is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. The flu typically isn't severe in healthy adults, and symptoms usually subside in about a week. When you are pregnant, your body's inflammatory response to the flu puts you at a higher risk for some complications. The medical community recommends that pregnant women get the flu vaccine to protect them and give their babies passive immunity. It can be challenging to weigh the risks and benefits to decide whether getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy is right for you. Plus, you have options regarding the type of vaccine and when you get it. This episode examines the evidence and considerations to make an informed decision on whether to get the flu vaccine during pregnancy.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

 

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

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 your Simply Magnetic Me order with the code PREGNANCY. Simply Magnetic Me clothing is crafted with 100% organic cotton and sew-safe magnetic closures that connect quickly and quietly. All you do is line up the fabric, and it magically closes. This means you spend less time fussing with snaps, and zippers and more time connecting with your baby.

 

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.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode. 

 

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

Oct 9, 2022

Pregnancy affects every system in your body, including your immune system. It is so important to take care of your health when you are expecting. Even when you take precautions to avoid getting sick, you can get a cold, flu, or COVID-19 at some point over the nine months of your pregnancy. Being sick is never fun and can be especially challenging when pregnant. Learn how to treat symptoms safely to return to feeling healthy faster. This episode examines the evidence of non-pharmacological treatments for cold or flu symptoms and the safety of over-the-counter medications during pregnancy.

 

This podcast is not intended as medical advice. You should discuss any symptoms with your doctor or midwife and talk to them about taking any medications, including over-the-counter medicines. 

 

Thank you to our sponsors

 

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

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 your Simply Magnetic Me order with the code PREGNANCY. Simply Magnetic Me clothing is crafted with 100% organic cotton and sew-safe magnetic closures that connect quickly and quietly. All you do is line up the fabric, and it magically closes. This means you spend less time fussing with snaps and zippers and more time connecting with your baby.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.

 

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.

Oct 2, 2022

Research shows that pregnancy can negatively impact foot health. One study showed that 50% of pregnant women reported issues in the feet, including unsteady gait, swelling, and increased foot width. While some foot issues disappear after you have your baby, others can create permanent changes in the structure of your feet. Many care providers will tell expecting mothers that foot problems regularly occur during pregnancy and are part of having a baby. Rather than brush off these symptoms as a side effect of pregnancy, let’s examine the causes of foot issues and the evidence-based methods to prevent or relieve these problems.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

 

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.

 

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.

Sep 25, 2022

You may be completely regular as far as going to the bathroom before getting pregnant, and then suddenly, you are stopped up and have issues when you need to go #2. If you are constipated, you have difficult or infrequent bowel movements, your stools are hard, and you may have pain or discomfort in your stomach. The prevalence of constipation is 40% in pregnant women and 52% in women postpartum. Several changes in pregnancy can cause constipation. Like most pregnancy-related issues, constipation will disappear after you have your baby. In the meantime, there are a lot of things you can do to relieve constipation. This episode examines interventions to relieve constipation during pregnancy ranging from diet and lifestyle changes to supplements and over-the-counter medications.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

 

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon with the code PREPOD20. 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 your Simply Magnetic Me order with the code PREGNANCY. Simply Magnetic Me clothing is crafted with 100% organic cotton and sew-safe magnetic closures that connect quickly and quietly. All you do is line up the fabric, and it magically closes. This means you spend less time fussing with snaps, and zippers and more time connecting with your baby.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.

 

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.

Sep 18, 2022

There are many common questions about alcohol when trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and breastfeeding. Does drinking alcohol make it more challenging to get pregnant? Can you drink any alcohol during your pregnancy? Does it affect your baby? How much is okay? Can you pump and dump if you drink while breastfeeding? Doctors and midwives usually give you one of two answers. You hear, absolutely no alcohol, in any quantity. Or they may tell you it’s okay to enjoy a glass of wine from time to time with a meal. You already know that drinking high amounts of alcohol is a bad idea. What about an occasional drink? This episode will examine the evidence on everything from the party night you had before you realized you were pregnant, enjoying a drink or two during pregnancy, and why you may not need to pump and dump if you drink while breastfeeding.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

 

Save 20% off your Simply Magnetic Me order with the code PREGNANCY. Simply Magnetic Me clothing is crafted with 100% organic cotton and sew-safe magnetic closures that connect quickly and quietly. All you do is line up the fabric, and it magically closes. This means you spend less time fussing with snaps and zippers and more time connecting with your baby.

 

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon with the code PREPOD20. 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.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode. 

 

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.

Sep 11, 2022

Caffeine is a psychoactive drug because it changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant found naturally in the seeds, nuts, and leaves of over 60 species of plants. This stimulant is commonly in coffee, tea, and energy drinks and is the most widely consumed drug in the world. Caffeine is one of the first things to be cautious about after seeing a positive pregnancy test. Trying to figure out how much caffeine is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding can be challenging. This episode examines how you process caffeine and the recommendations and research on the safety of caffeine during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

Save 20% off your Simply Magnetic Me order with the code PREGNANCY. Simply Magnetic Me clothing is crafted with 100% organic cotton and sew-safe magnetic closures that connect quickly and quietly. All you do is line up the fabric, and it magically closes. This means you spend less time fussing with snaps and zippers and more time connecting with your baby.

 

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon with the code PREPOD20. 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.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.

 

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.

Sep 4, 2022

Many physical changes during pregnancy can impact your back and potentially cause issues like pain or discomfort. Back pain during pregnancy is almost always lower back pain within three categories; lumbar spine pain, posterior pelvic pain, or a combination of these two. The prevalence of back pain in pregnant women is estimated to be 50% in the first trimester, 40-70% in the second, and 70-80% in the third trimester. Just because back pain is common doesn’t mean you should have to suffer through it. This episode will discuss the causes of back pain during pregnancy, considerations for prevention, and techniques and tools to relieve pregnancy back pain.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.

 

10% off 8 Sheep Organics with the promo code PREGNANCYPODCAST. The Sleepy Lotion from 8 Sheep is specially formulated to help pregnant moms sleep better. This is the #1 lotion for pregnancy aches and pains like lower back pain, hip pain, leg cramps, restless legs, and general insomnia. The sleepy lotion is made only with six organic ingredients and is safe for mom and baby.

 

Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon with the code PREPOD20. 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.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode. 

 

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.

Aug 28, 2022

Milk supply is the number one reason mothers quit breastfeeding early or supplement with infant formula. The first line of defense for maintaining or increasing supply is establishing breastfeeding early and frequently breastfeeding or pumping. For many mothers, this is easier said than done. Get tips on what you can do to establish breastfeeding in the first few days and weeks and how to gauge your supply accurately. Learn the evidence on galactagogues and lactogenic pharmaceuticals, foods, and herbs to increase milk supply. Plus, information on oversupply and substances that can decrease the amount of milk you make.

 

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 35% off Cozy Earth sitewide with the code PREGNANCYPODCAST. Cozy Earth makes luxury bedding and loungewear. The products are made from super soft fabrics that are temperature regulating and moisture wicking to keep you cool and comfortable all year. Cozy Earth has thousands of 5-star reviews, and Oprah has featured them on her favorites list four years in a row.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.

 

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.

Aug 21, 2022

New mothers go into breastfeeding with the best intentions. Unfortunately, many run into issues that make breastfeeding difficult or impossible. By six months of age, three in four babies are fed infant formula. Many researchers have examined why mothers supplement with formula or wean their children before age one to address the low rates of exclusive breastfeeding. There are recurring themes throughout the scientific literature from many countries. This episode examines the top five reasons moms stop breastfeeding early and how you can avoid these issues to reach your breastfeeding goals.

 

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 35% off Cozy Earth sitewide with the code PREGNANCYPODCAST. Cozy Earth makes luxury bedding and loungewear. The products are made from super soft fabrics that are temperature regulating and moisture wicking to keep you and your baby cool all year. Cozy Earth sheets are so luxurious and comfortable that I can't imagine ever using any other brand of sheets again. Cozy Earth has thousands of 5-star reviews, and Oprah has featured them on her favorites list four years in a row.

 

Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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 35% off Cozy Earth sitewide with the code PREGNANCYPODCAST. Cozy Earth makes luxury bedding and loungewear. The products are made from super soft fabrics that are temperature regulating and moisture wicking to keep you cool all year. Cozy Earth sheets are so luxurious and comfortable that I can't imagine ever using any other brand of sheets again. Cozy Earth has thousands of 5-star reviews, and Oprah has featured them on her favorites list four years in a row.

 

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.

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.

 

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 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.

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.

 

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

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.

 

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, and more.

 

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

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. 

 

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, and more.

 

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

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. 

 

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, and more.

 

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

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.

 

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, and more.

 

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

1 2 Next »