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You're not alone in your uncertainty about this monumental life stage of pregnancy and birth. If you’re ready to replace the overwhelm of late-night Googling with expert conversations and stories of strength and positivity from women just like you — join us on the top-rated All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast. The All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast is your place for supportive, evidence-based information from Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, an OB/GYN physician who’s been in practice for nearly 15 years and has helped over 1000 babies into this world. You’ll also learn from innovative experts and hear stories of strength and resilience from parents and moms-to-be experiencing the same overwhelm and excitement as you.

All About Pregnancy & Birth Dr. Nicole C. Rankins

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You're not alone in your uncertainty about this monumental life stage of pregnancy and birth. If you’re ready to replace the overwhelm of late-night Googling with expert conversations and stories of strength and positivity from women just like you — join us on the top-rated All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast. The All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast is your place for supportive, evidence-based information from Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, an OB/GYN physician who’s been in practice for nearly 15 years and has helped over 1000 babies into this world. You’ll also learn from innovative experts and hear stories of strength and resilience from parents and moms-to-be experiencing the same overwhelm and excitement as you.

    Ep176: Christina’s Birth Story - An Uncomplicated Pregnancy That Ended With Severe Preeclampsia and a C-Section

    Ep176: Christina’s Birth Story - An Uncomplicated Pregnancy That Ended With Severe Preeclampsia and a C-Section

    This is really a great story of managing through a difficult and unexpected birth course. After a completely uneventful and easy pregnancy, around 37 weeks Christina felt like something just wasn’t right so she went to the hospital. She was subsequently diagnosed with something called HELLP syndrome, one of the most severe forms of preeclampsia. After being transferred to another hospital, she ultimately delivered via c-section and you are going to hear all about her experience today.
    In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How quickly and easily Christina and her husband got pregnant
    -What it was like for Christina to be pregnant and working in-person during the height of COVID
    -How staying active helped with her pregnancy symptoms
    -Why she took an interest in hypnobirthing and what she did to prepare
    -How she approached researching and getting ready for an unmedicated birth
    -What HELLP syndrome is and how it is managed
    -How Christina and her husband’s differing careers facilitate coparenting
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    Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode176
    Check out The Birth Preparation Course
    Register for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right Way
    Take a quick, fun labor pain quiz

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep175: F the Snapback with Endocrinologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist, Dr. Katy Brown

    Ep175: F the Snapback with Endocrinologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist, Dr. Katy Brown

    Ep 175: F the Snapback with Endocrinologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist, Dr. Katy Brown  
    This episode is being brought to you by Bamboobies. Use the code “ALLABOUT” to get 40% of full price items through Oct 23.
    Wouldn’t you want to learn about postpartum weight loss from an expert in weight management? Well you are in luck because that’s exactly who we have in today’s episode. Dr. Katy Brown is a board certified endocrinologist and obesity medicine specialist and she is also a new mom!
    I really like her approach because it comes from a place of gratitude rather than judgment. There’s no pressure to start early or lose quickly. Instead, it’s all about baby steps. Have patience with yourself and focus on what you’re already doing well. Your body just did something amazing!
    In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why postpartum weight management is important
    -Why BMI is not a perfect tool for measuring health
    -When you should start thinking about losing weight after giving birth - the answer may surprise you
    -How much breastfeeding really impacts weight loss
    -How many pounds you should realistically be losing per week
    -How often it’s helpful to weigh yourself
    -Who should seek the help of a care provider like Kate and what to expect
    -How hormones actually do (and don’t) affect weight management
     
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    Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode175
    Check out The Birth Preparation Course
    Register for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right Way
    Take a quick, fun labor pain quiz

    • 52 min
    Ep174: What to Do If You Might Have a Big Baby

    Ep174: What to Do If You Might Have a Big Baby

    This episode is being brought to you by Bamboobies. Use the code “ALLABOUT” to get 40% of full price items through Oct 23.
    Today we’re talking about what happens if there is a suspicion that your baby is big. I originally did an episode about this back in 2019 but since then I’ve had so many people reach out and ask about this subject that I thought I should revisit it and update it.
    I think it’s coming up more often because more doctors seem to be doing routine third trimester ultrasounds which actually aren’t necessary. These ultrasounds aren’t great at identifying whether or not your baby will be large and can lead to unnecessary interventions down the road. In this episode, we’ll get into the indicators you actually want to pay attention to and the outcomes and treatments you should be aware of for a suspected big baby.
    In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -How much does a baby have to weigh in order to be considered “big,” or having macrosomia
    -What factors can increase the risk of having a big baby
    -How macrosomia is diagnosed
    -How accurate (and necessary) ultrasound screening is in identifying baby size
    -Who should be getting screened
    -What kinds of complications can be caused by having a larger baby
    -How you can help yourself with some prevention strategies and management options
     
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    Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode174
    Check out The Birth Preparation Course
    Register for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right Way
    Take a quick, fun labor pain quiz

    • 42 min
    Ep173: Lauren’s Birth Story - Perfect and Traumatic

    Ep173: Lauren’s Birth Story - Perfect and Traumatic

    This episode is being supported by Bamboobies. Check out their amazing reusable nursing pads at bamboobies.com.
    In this birth story episode, you’ll hear about Lauren and how she got both everything she wanted for her birth AND everything she didn’t want. After a beautiful birth that went smoothly, Lauren experienced a rare obstetric emergency called uterine inversion where the uterus turns inside out after birth. She lost a lot of blood and had to be rushed to the OR. Fortunately the repair went well and today she’s feeling grateful that the medical staff was able to save her life.
    Now I’m going to be honest, sometimes I worry about sharing these rarer incidents because I don’t want to scare you or for you to think that I’m choosing more “sensational” stories. But then I remember that I am here to share the truth of pregnancy, share the truth of birth. Knowledge is power and you need to know what the possibilities are. Not because you can control the outcomes but because being prepared can make scary situations less overwhelming.
    In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -Why you shouldn’t let a low pain tolerance stop you from trying for an unmedicated birth; you don’t know what you can do
    -How Lauren approached her birth wishes with flexibility
    -Why she chose to have a doula and how it affected her birthing experience
    -What an inverted uterus is and how it is repaired
    -What makes an inverted uterus so dangerous
    -What it was like for Lauren to recover from such a traumatic birth
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    Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode173
    Check out The Birth Preparation Course
    Register for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right Way
     

    • 55 min
    Ep172: The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation During Pregnancy with Peloton Instructor Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts

    Ep172: The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation During Pregnancy with Peloton Instructor Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts

    This episode is being supported by Bamboobies. Check out their amazing reusable nursing pads at bamboobies.com.
    So y’all I’mma be honest. I was straight fangirling about recording this interview. Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts is an internationally-celebrated Peloton yoga teacher and scholar. I’ve done dozens and dozens of Chelsea’s yoga and meditation classes so it was really special for me to be able to chat with her. She’s currently 30 weeks pregnant and has some really special insight about how yoga and meditation have helped her along the way.
    The number one thing I’d like for you to take away from this episode is that yoga and meditation are for EVERYONE. Yes, that means you. You don’t have to come to the mat looking a certain way or be super flexible. Just start. Make the practice your own and find what feels good for you. 
    In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What inspired Chelsea to shift from being an elementary school teacher to getting a PhD and becoming a yoga and meditation instructor
    -How yoga helped her manage stress as a school teacher
    -What inspired her to introduce mindfulness to the classroom and what the outcomes were
    -How yoga can have a positive impact on kids
    -What kind of training Chelsea went through to become an instructor
    -What the benefits of yoga are during pregnancy specifically
    -How yoga has helped Chelsea with her own changing body during pregnancy
    -What the benefits are of simply breathing and being present
    -How and why Chelsea incorporates all different genres of music into her classes
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    Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode172
    Check out The Birth Preparation Course
    Register for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right Way
    Take a quick, fun labor pain quiz

    • 48 min
    Ep171: Erica’s Birth Story - Living with Loss

    Ep171: Erica’s Birth Story - Living with Loss

    Trigger Warning: this episode involves a full term baby dying 13 days after a home birth.
     
    Today’s episode is obviously a difficult subject. I don’t talk much about home birth - if folks want to have a home birth I support that but it is not my lane. 
    However I thought it was important to share this story for a number of reasons. Sometimes the potential complications of home birth are downplayed and although this is a rare thing that happened it’s important to share it.
    Due to past medical trauma, Erica opted for a home birth. Her prenatal care was great. She got lots of attention and personal care that she may not have been able to get in a traditional setting. However, after the fact she began to realize that the potential dangers associated with home births had not been fully communicated. She was basically as prepared as an expectant parent could be but you just can’t know everything.
    There are a LOT of lessons in here that apply to birth in general, as well as pregnancy loss in general. I know it can feel like even talking about these kinds of worst case scenarios will manifest them, but loss is not contagious. It’s important to have a dialogue around the scary parts of birth in order to be better prepared.
    In this Episode, You’ll Learn About: -What made Erica decide to have a home birth -What research she did to prepare for her birth - it was a lot!
    -How she felt that the potential dangers of home birth were minimized by her home birth care team
    -What went wrong during her birth and how her care providers handled it
    -When and why she was transferred to the hospital
    -How hospital staff made her feel worse instead of better by not being trauma informed
    -What her postpartum recovery was like - don’t forget that even if she doesn’t have her baby with her she still had to go through the same postpartum
    -Why she’s choosing a scheduled cesarean for her next birth
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    Full website notes: drnicolerankins.com/episode171
    Check out The Birth Preparation Course
    Register for the class How to Create a Birth Plan the Right Way
    Take a quick, fun labor pain quiz

    • 1 hr 1 min

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