55 episodes

Everything you need to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant, giving birth and bringing your baby home. Your host Obstetrician Dr Patrick Moloney and co-host Brigid Moloney focus on the essentials of growing a baby without heavy medical jargon and with lots of relatable stories of their work helping thousands of women have babies, as well as being parents to four boys.

Each episode has expert led content that will help you cut through the swathe of pregnancy information, restoring your calm and giving you the confidence to know that mama, you got this!

The Kick Pregnancy Podcast Dr Patrick Moloney and Brigid Moloney

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 306 Ratings

Everything you need to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant, giving birth and bringing your baby home. Your host Obstetrician Dr Patrick Moloney and co-host Brigid Moloney focus on the essentials of growing a baby without heavy medical jargon and with lots of relatable stories of their work helping thousands of women have babies, as well as being parents to four boys.

Each episode has expert led content that will help you cut through the swathe of pregnancy information, restoring your calm and giving you the confidence to know that mama, you got this!

    All about the menstrual cycle

    All about the menstrual cycle

    Welcome back to The Kick Pregnancy Podcast! We’ve been very busy behind the scenes and are so excited to be back in your ears. 
    In this episode, we’re discussing everything about the menstrual cycle. We have many frequent questions from listeners about their periods and the symptoms they’re experiencing so Dr Pat is pulling back the curtain today to answer every question that impacts the cycle. 
    We’ll delve into how the menstrual cycle works, the days of the cycle, how the cycle changes throughout a woman’s life, the causes for irregularities, PCOS, Endometriosis, treatments, pregnancy and so much more. 
    There are many temporary factors that can impact your period such as weight loss, emotional stress, the Covid vaccine and over-exercising to name a few. Dr Pat will explore each of them to explain how they impact your body and what they mean for your cycle. 
    This episode is perfect for all women to learn more about their menstrual cycles and understand when there may be a need to seek medical help.
     
    LINKS
    Previous episode mentioned: 
    How to become an Ovulation Ninja and fast track getting pregnant Maybe I have PCOS? Click here for a Menstrual cycle diagram
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    Website: https://www.growmybaby.com.au/
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    • 35 min
    Safe food in pregnancy

    Safe food in pregnancy

    When you become pregnant, endless information is thrown at you regarding what foods you can and can’t eat for the next 9 months. It can be very difficult to work out what is scientifically accurate and what has just been passed down from older relatives. 
    In this episode, Brigid is talking about safe food in pregnancy with food and safety expert, Gary Kennedy. Gary has worked with more than 1000 companies and government departments to ensure their food handling is safe and complies with health standards. 
    In this festive time of year, we’re all going to gatherings where food will be laid out on tables or at the barbeque in the backyard for an extended amount of time. We wanted to talk to an expert to keep you safe during the holidays and ensure your pregnancy is healthy. 
    We discuss how to store food safely, how to choose safer food options when you’re out and about, what food is best to avoid and why, and what the safer options are for you at Christmas. 
    This episode is absolutely jam packed full of useful and insightful information. Gary is a wealth of knowledge and we’re very grateful to have him on the show today to help educate pregnant women to make safer food choices.
     
    LINKS
     
    Ask a question on the podcast. Send a voice message to GrowMyBaby  
    FREE MASTERCLASS Get our tips for a CALM + CONFIDENT pregnancy Join the waitlist for our Pregnancy and Birth Course Website: https://www.growmybaby.com.au/ Instagram: @grow_my_baby

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Your rainbow baby with Priyanka Saha

    Your rainbow baby with Priyanka Saha

    This episode has a trigger warning for parents who have experienced loss. 
    Planning your pregnancy after the loss of a baby can be a very difficult and anxious time. There are thousands of worries running through your mind and you will want to check on the health of your baby constantly. But it’s important to remember there is also life, hope and joy after loss. Our next guest will bravely share her own story to help other parents open up and support each other to heal. 
    In this episode, Brigid is talking with the inspiring and remarkable Priyanka Saha. Priyanka has founded the Lily Calvert foundation and set up the storytelling platform ‘The Murmuring of Ten Million’. She is also a lawyer, runs a cyber security company, and is on the board of a regional Victorian health service. 
    Priyanka’s first-born daughter, Lily, died when she was just 10 months old from an incurable brain condition known as Miller Dieker Syndrome. She found out she was pregnant again only one week after the funeral for Lily. This was such a terrifying and challenging time for her and her partner trying to handle all of the anxiety and dread that there would be something wrong. 
    Priyanka defines a ‘rainbow baby’ as sunlight shining through water to create a rainbow. This means allowing the happiness and the sadness to sit alongside one another - feeling happy does not cancel out your grief. Once you understand this, you will begin to find peace. 
    Priyanka courageously shares her experience of parenting a child who is dying and speaks candidly about the realities of trying to conceive and go through pregnancy after loss. By sharing her story she is hoping to help others to navigate the highs and the lows, grief and joy, and the anxieties that exist during pregnancy and parenting your rainbow baby.
     
    Where to find Priyanka: 
     
    Instagram: @the_lilyflower  Website: www.priyankasaha.com.au  Instagram: Founder @thelilycalvertfund Resources for stillbirth and newborn loss https://www.theperinatallosscentre.com.au/community-support.html   



     
    Ask a question on the podcast. Send a voice message to GrowMyBaby  
    FREE MASTERCLASS Get our tips for a CALM + CONFIDENT pregnancy Join the waitlist for our Pregnancy and Birth Course Website: https://www.growmybaby.com.au/ Instagram: @grow_my_baby

    • 47 min
    Clotting in pregnancy and postpartum

    Clotting in pregnancy and postpartum

    Clotting in pregnancy and during the postpartum period can be a significant concern for a new Mum. To treat clots, doctors will try to adopt a preventative approach and prescribe anticoagulants during pregnancy and the postpartum phase to reduce the risk in at risk patients. 
    But who is an at risk patient? 
    Will the baby be affected? 
    In this episode, we are discussing everything you need to know about clotting. Pregnancy increases your risk of clotting by 5 to 10x and the postpartum period increases your risk 15 to 35x! 
    We’ll talk about the different factors that increase your risk and the type of preventative measures that doctors will prescribe. We’ll go through exactly what you can expect when taking anti-coagulants during your pregnancy and after you’ve given birth. To ensure you have the full picture, we’ll discuss the signs and symptoms of a clot and explore how your hospital will diagnose it. 
    The potential of developing a clot can understandably cause anxiety in new Mums so we wanted to inform you all about how this is prevented, diagnosed and treated to assuage your concerns. Let us know if you have any questions or thoughts on this topic, we’d love to hear from you.
    LINKS
    Ask a question on the podcast. Send a voice message to GrowMyBaby FREE MASTERCLASS Get our tips for a CALM + CONFIDENT pregnancy Join the waitlist for our Pregnancy and Birth Course Website: https://www.growmybaby.com.au/ Instagram: @grow_my_baby

    • 19 min
    Choosing the sex of your baby

    Choosing the sex of your baby

    Can you choose the sex of your baby? 
    This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions when someone becomes pregnant and has been requested from one of our listeners.  
    It’s easy to understand why people would want to choose the sex. Perhaps you have a family of three boys already and are hoping for a girl or vice versa. 
    In this episode, we discuss the stories floating around that promise to deliver a certain sex. Everybody has heard them - whether you have to face north at the time of conception or schedule your perfect date and time of conception with numerical planning - we’ve heard them all. 
    We’ll explore the Shettles Method and if there is any merit to this procedure. 
    Unfortunately, there is only really one way to guarantee the sex of your baby and that’s through IVF. We’ll talk about how this method works to ensure a particular sex and the strict limitations to using this procedure in Australia.
    We’ll also discuss the disappointment and guilt new parents can feel when they have a baby that isn’t the sex they were hoping for. This feeling can continue on into parenting, so it’s important we look at how to handle these emotions to support each other.
     
    LINKS
     
    Ask a question on the podcast. Send a voice message to GrowMyBaby  
    FREE MASTERCLASS Get our tips for a CALM + CONFIDENT pregnancy Join the waitlist for our Pregnancy and Birth Course Website: https://www.growmybaby.com.au/ RESOURCES MENTIONED:


    The Shettles Method: https://embryo.asu.edu/printpdf/pages/shettles-method-sex-selection
     
     

    • 17 min
    Iron: Before, during and after pregnancy

    Iron: Before, during and after pregnancy

    We have all heard about how important iron is during pregnancy, but did you know that it is just as important when you are pre-pregnancy and breastfeeding? 
    In today’s episode, we are talking about all matters relating to iron. Pregnant mothers' bodies need to literally make more blood to support the growing baby, and to do this she needs adequate iron levels. Through the birthing process, women lose blood, so it is important that you are not iron deficient or anemic leading into it because you need to have blood to spare. 
    The challenge is that you may think low iron symptoms, such as feeling tired, are because you are pregnant, but in actuality, you may be iron deficient. 
    Remember, it is so important to advocate for yourself with your doctor to ensure that you are being tested for iron deficiency (both through hemoglobin and ferritin) if you are feeling tired, fatigued, exhausted, or depressed. 
    We all need iron, it doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman. But women have the added complexities of the pre-pregnancy phase, the pregnancy phase, the breastfeeding phase, and the loss of iron through menstruation. 
    We love hearing from you! Send us your questions for our next podcast through Speak Pipe so we can have your voice on the show.
    LINKS
    This episode is sponsored by Maive & Bo https://maiveandbo.com.au/
    Ask a question on the podcast: Send a voice message to  GrowMyBaby FREE MASTERCLASS Get our tips for a CALM + CONFIDENT pregnancy Just pregnant? Download our checklist to take to your first appointment. Join the waitlist for our Pregnancy and Birth Course Website: https://www.growmybaby.com.au/

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
306 Ratings

306 Ratings

2622!EB ,

Best pregnancy podcast there is!

We’re pregnant with our first baby and thanks to COVID our local hospital still isn’t running their antenatal classes… so I went looking for information to help us gain some more knowledge about exactly what’s in front of us! This is how I came across your podcast and I am so grateful I have! The knowledge and information you have shared in your podcasts has been fantastic! So easy to listen to and you’re so relatable without overwhelming me further with all of the medical jargon! I am feeling so much more confident to ask more questions and have been able to understand the answers given as a result of having listened to your podcast. Thank you so much! I have told all of my friends and family and every medical person I’ve interacted with since I started listening about how great it is and how they should be recommending your podcast to others!

Wiggly465 ,

Favourite Podcast

I can’t begin to thank Dr Pat and Brigid enough for creating this podcast. I started listening at the beginning of last year while planning pregnancy and have listened to most episodes at least once. Throughout pregnancy they were a wonderful resource and perfect to listen to while walking.

The podcast and the Grow My Baby program played an important role in having an informed, positive birth experience. I’m going to miss listening this podcast now that our bubba is here.

Thank you so much Dr Pat and Brigid.

Peaches012002 ,

Evidence based obstetric care via podcast <3

This is the best and most informative podcasts I’ve ever had the pleasure listening too. The amount of googling I’ve done throughout my previous pregnancies have just given so much anecdotal and conflicting information regarding anything about pregnancy journeys. To have access to free evidence based medical information has definitely made my current pregnancy feeling much better equiped to deal with anything that may come up, and the severe anxiety I experienced in my previous pregnancies has not even been an issue in this current one. I wish you guys had been around in my last pregnancies. I actually came across your podcasts by accident when looking for something else on iTunes, and being a regional/rural Victorian girl myself, I wondered if this Dr Patrick Moloney, was the same OB/GYN who had my sister had mentioned in the past when discussing the endometriosis and adenomyosis in our family members and ourselves. Finding your podcasts has been one of the best accidents of my reproductive life, and I love that both Dr Pat and Brigid even talk about their own lives, family and experiences, which makes these podcasts not just informative, but also feel like you’ve been able to bridge the gap between us and them (medical professionals). Very down to earth and feels like listening to friends chatting about their own experiences who have a wealth of knowledge. Please keep up the amazing works guys. Can’t get enough of your podcasts

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