Is Any Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding?
Pregnancy Podcast
by Vanessa Merten
2d ago
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 with a meal occasionally. You already know that drinking high amounts of alcohol is a bad idea. What about an occasio ..read more
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How Much Caffeine Is Safe During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding?
Pregnancy Podcast
by Vanessa Merten
1w ago
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 pro ..read more
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Effective Treatments for Constipation During Pregnancy
Pregnancy Podcast
by Vanessa Merten
2w ago
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 r ..read more
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The Top Reasons Birth Plans Fail
Pregnancy Podcast
by Vanessa Merten
1M ago
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 ..read more
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Your Partner’s Role in Supporting You in Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond
Pregnancy Podcast
by Vanessa Merten
1M ago
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 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 how they can support you during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.      Thank you to our sponsors   40% off your first Hungryroot delivery and free ..read more
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Preventing and Treating Bug Bites During Pregnancy
Pregnancy Podcast
by Vanessa Merten
1M ago
With warmer weather comes more insects and the potential for bug bites. As with any topic, pregnancy adds an additional layer of concern about bug bites. When you are pregnant, increased skin sensitivity can make itchy or painful bug bites more bothersome. Some illnesses spread by insects, like the Zika virus, pose additional dangers during pregnancy. Plus, you need to be cautious about exposure to chemical ingredients found in many insect repellants. The good news is there is a lot you can do to mitigate your risk of insect bites during pregnancy, and there are repellants that are safe to use ..read more
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Overcoming Fear and Anxiety to Go into Birth with Confidence
Pregnancy Podcast
by Vanessa Merten
1M ago
All expectant mothers experience some level of anxiety or fear about the unpredictability of labor. Not only can it be stressful to have anxiety about giving birth, but research shows fear of birth can negatively impact your birth experience. There will always be unknowns about how your labor will unfold. The good news is that there are many strategies you can employ to overcome anxiety or concerns. Learn how to tackle specific fears, overcome general anxiety about labor, reframe your mindset, and build your confidence about labor and birth.     Thank you to our sponsors   Ibott ..read more
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Choosing the Best Pediatrician for Your Baby
Pregnancy Podcast
by Vanessa Merten
2M ago
A pediatrician is the primary care provider for your child from birth through early adulthood. They offer crucial support in monitoring growth, administering immunizations, and diagnosing illnesses. A pediatrician also provides guidance on health and development and will assist you in navigating caring for your child. There are many factors to consider when choosing a pediatrician who is the right fit for your family. Some basic things to look for are proximity, insurance coverage, and qualifications. You should also consider their philosophy on topics like breastfeeding, parenting, and vaccin ..read more
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Tips to Advocate for Yourself with Your Doctor or Midwife
Pregnancy Podcast
by Vanessa Merten
2M ago
Fifty years ago, you went to the doctor, and whatever they told you was the correct answer. They were the experts and the gatekeepers of information. Today, doctors are still experts, but access to information is widely available to patients. There has been a major shift in patients being informed, especially concerning pregnancy and birth. Ideally, you find a doctor or midwife who is the perfect fit, whose ideology aligns with yours, and whom you trust explicitly. Many expecting parents will encounter scenarios where they do not see eye-to-eye with their care provider. You have two choices: y ..read more
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10 Steps to Craft Your Birth Plan
Pregnancy Podcast
by Vanessa Merten
2M ago
A birth plan is a document that outlines your preferences for labor 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 your desired birth experience. This process will lay the foundation for preparing you for the scenario in which everything goes exactly as planned and what should happen if things do not go as planned. The value of a birth plan has a lot more to do with the process of creating it than it does with the finished product. This simple process wil ..read more
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