52 episodes

Podcast by Women's Health Melbourne

Knocked Up: The Podcast About Getting Pregnant Women's Health Melbourne

    • Health & Fitness

Podcast by Women's Health Melbourne

    Family Planning, Pregnancy and Genetic Testing

    Family Planning, Pregnancy and Genetic Testing

    At Women's Health Melbourne, we're often asked about pregnancy and genetic testing. Who needs genetic screening? When should it happen? What conditions, diseases and genetic mutations should you be tested for? How do the results impact your family planning? (And how do genes work, anyway?)

    This is a personal issue that can feel scary and overwhelming at first, but it doesn't have to be - especially with the help of a genetic counsellor. This week, we're joined by Zoë Milgrom, the founder and CEO of Eugene Labs, a Melbourne-based company that aims to make genetic testing and counselling accessible to everyone.

    Join our community! Follow Women's Health Melbourne on Facebook and Instagram (@womenshealthmelbourne), and follow Dr Raelia Lew on Instagram (@drraelialew).

    Have a question for the hosts? Is there a specific topic you'd like us to cover? Email podcast@womenshealthmelbourne.com.au.

    For more information about the work we do at Women's Health Melbourne, click here.

    • 41 min
    Cervical Cancer Screening and HPV

    Cervical Cancer Screening and HPV

    What is the cervix, exactly? How do cancer cells develop there? What can we do to help prevent that from happening? And how can we detect abnormalities as early as possible?

    We'll discuss all that and more in this episode, including the strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer; the difference between HPV and HSV; how cervical cancer screening has changed in recent years (it's not called a Pap smear anymore); how the LLETZ/LEEP procedure works; and more.

    Join our community! Follow Women's Health Melbourne on Facebook and Instagram (@womenshealthmelbourne), and follow Dr Raelia Lew on Instagram (@drraelialew).

    Have a question for the hosts? Is there a specific topic you'd like us to cover? Email podcast@womenshealthmelbourne.com.au.

    For more information about the work we do at Women's Health Melbourne, click here.

    • 27 min
    Your Vaginal Microbiome and Your Fertility

    Your Vaginal Microbiome and Your Fertility

    You've probably heard of the "microbiome" - it's the ecological community of all the different microorganisms that inhabit the human body, and we typically refer to it when we talk about our gut health. But did you know that we also have flora in our vagina and genital tracts? Our vaginal microbiome can impact our health and reproductive system, but the truth is, we don't always know why, or what to do with the information we have. In this episode, Dr Raelia Lew answers some microbiome FAQs, covering everything from lactobacilli to bacterial vaginosis to fertility concerns.

    Join our community! Follow Women's Health Melbourne on Facebook and Instagram (@womenshealthmelbourne), and follow Dr Raelia Lew on Instagram (@drraelialew).

    Have a question for the hosts? Is there a specific topic you'd like us to cover? Email podcast@womenshealthmelbourne.com.au.

    For more information about the work we do at Women's Health Melbourne, click here.

    • 16 min
    Pregnancy and Health Literacy With Dr Preeya Alexander, GP

    Pregnancy and Health Literacy With Dr Preeya Alexander, GP

    This week we chat with Dr Preeya Alexander, a GP based in Melbourne with a passion for preventative medicine. One of Preeya's passions is health literacy - on her website and Instagram account (@thewholesomedoctor) she shares evidence-based health information in a fun, engaging manner. She's also a regular commentator on Mamamia, and she's about to release her first children's book, Rainbow Plate, which is all about encouraging little kids to eat well.

    We discuss the importance of vaccines and health literacy; how your GP can help you prepare for pregnancy so you have the best possible outcome; managing anxiety about getting pregnant; and the option of shared maternity care with your GP once you're pregnant.

    Join our community! Follow Women's Health Melbourne on Facebook and Instagram (@womenshealthmelbourne), and follow Dr Raelia Lew on Instagram (@drraelialew).

    Have a question for the hosts? Is there a specific topic you'd like us to cover? Email podcast@womenshealthmelbourne.com.au.

    For more information about the work we do at Women's Health Melbourne, click here.

    • 16 min
    Klinefelter Syndrome and Artificial Insemination

    Klinefelter Syndrome and Artificial Insemination

    This week we're responding to a listener request and discussing Klinefelter syndrome, a genetic condition that affects approximately 1 in 600 men. It affects fertility and can cause azoospermia (semen that contains no sperm), but the good news is there are fertility treatments that can help men with Klinefelter syndrome to become fathers - that's where artificial insemination comes in. (Which of course can help people in other situations, too!)

    Tune in to learn more.

    Join our community! Follow Women's Health Melbourne on Facebook and Instagram (@womenshealthmelbourne), and follow Dr Raelia Lew on Instagram (@drraelialew).

    Have a question for the hosts? Is there a specific topic you'd like us to cover? Email podcast@womenshealthmelbourne.com.au.

    For more information on the work we do at Women's Health Melbourne, click here.

    • 21 min
    Understanding Your Pelvic Floor With Dr Margaret Sherburn

    Understanding Your Pelvic Floor With Dr Margaret Sherburn

    What exactly is your pelvic floor? Can you strengthen it before and during pregnancy? And if it's damaged during labour, what can you do postpartum to help repair it?

    This week we speak with Dr Margaret Sherburn, a physiotherapist with decades of experience who specialises in continence and women's health. She's also a senior lecturer and academic at the University of Melbourne. Margaret answers all of our questions about the structure and function of the pelvic floor, continence issues, and birth trauma - plus she guides us through an exercise in the studio (you can do it at home, too!). If you're experiencing continence issues, there's a lot you can do to mitigate or solve the problem. Ask your doctor for more advice!

    Here are the websites Margaret recommends at the end of the episode:
    pelvicfloorfirst.org.au
    continence.org.au
    birthtrauma.org.au

    Join our community! Follow Women's Health Melbourne on Facebook and Instagram (@womenshealthmelbourne), and follow Dr Raelia Lew on Instagram (@drraelialew).

    Have a question for the hosts? Is there a specific topic you'd like us to cover? Email podcast@womenshealthmelbourne.com.au.

    For more information on the work we do at Women's Health Melbourne, click here.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

kla99912! ,

Great podcast

The information is clear and interesting. A great podcast for anyone who wants to understand more about fertility.

cjnay ,

Fabulous podcast!

What a find! It’s been a couple of years since I initially ventured into the world of fertility podcasts while TTC #1. Now we are thinking about baby #2, I searched for podcasts again. ‘Knocked Up’ is a high quality, educational resource which I’ve binge-listened to over the past week. As a fellow Australian, it’s fantastic to find Australian content (very pleasant listening to a familiar accent!). Dr Lew’s speaking style is very easy to listen to - she is fluent, intelligent and articulate across a broad range of podcast topics. The earlier episodes had audio issues with the interviewer, but I just turned the volume up to hear Dr Lew’s answers rather than the interviewer’s questions. Thank you for providing this fabulous podcast for free. I have learnt a stack since listening and loved the episodes about spacing pregnancies, egg freezing and men’s fertility. Thanks!

lawskeays ,

Great Podcast

Dr Lew is my doctor and her Podcast if fantastic, she covers so many topics and we have used these in our journey. I would highly recommend this to anyone trying to conceive or going through IVF.

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