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A resource to support expecting moms (and partners, too!) with evidence-based information to navigate the awesome adventure of pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent. Vanessa Merten provides evidence based info that goes way beyond the typical “pregnancy instruction manual”. Every episode is designed to give you all of the evidence, research, pros, cons, risks, and benefits – all so you decide what the best option is for YOU and feel confident about your decisions during your pregnancy and beyond. The show covers everything from pregnancy to caring for a newborn. Topics include prenatal care, labor, natural birth, hospital birth, cesarean birth, preparing for your baby, breastfeeding, postpartum, and caring for a new baby. This is your​ evidence-based resource to help you make informed decisions about your pregnancy and your baby.

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A resource to support expecting moms (and partners, too!) with evidence-based information to navigate the awesome adventure of pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent. Vanessa Merten provides evidence based info that goes way beyond the typical “pregnancy instruction manual”. Every episode is designed to give you all of the evidence, research, pros, cons, risks, and benefits – all so you decide what the best option is for YOU and feel confident about your decisions during your pregnancy and beyond. The show covers everything from pregnancy to caring for a newborn. Topics include prenatal care, labor, natural birth, hospital birth, cesarean birth, preparing for your baby, breastfeeding, postpartum, and caring for a new baby. This is your​ evidence-based resource to help you make informed decisions about your pregnancy and your baby.

    Boosting Your Immune System

    Boosting Your Immune System

    The immune system is complex, and there is a lot of research on how different nutrients impact it. Before you buy any supplements, please make sure you are already making it a priority to cover the basics, including eating healthy, sleep, hydration, and exercise. No amount of immune-boosting supplements or superfoods will make up for the basics you need to keep your immune system running effectively. If you have these basics in place, you may want to consider additional supplements to boost your immune system.
     
    There could easily be an entire episode on each of the immune-boosting supplements covered here, including folate and folic acid, vitamins A, C, D, E, zinc, selenium, antioxidants, glutathione, PQQ, herbal immune support, echinacea, elderberry, probiotics, mushrooms, and choline. This episode is an overview of the risks, benefits, safety, and evidence available on these supplements' ability to boost your immune system during pregnancy.
     
    As always, please talk to your doctor or midwife about any supplements you are considering taking. That includes any herbs or over-the-counter vitamins or supplements.
     
    You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

    • 46 min
    Supporting Your Immune System

    Supporting Your Immune System

    Your immune system is what keeps you healthy and helps to fight off infection. The classic perspective is that pregnancy suppresses your immune system. Advancements in our understanding of the immune system during pregnancy paint a more colorful picture. We now see the placenta as an immune regulatory organ. An intricate symphony is going on in your immune system to protect both you and your baby during pregnancy. A more accurate way to describe it would be that pregnancy suppresses some aspects of your immune system and enhances others. Listen to this episode to learn how you can support your immune system when you are pregnant.
     
    You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

    • 25 min
    Colds, Flu, and COVID-19

    Colds, Flu, and COVID-19

    It is so important to take care of your health when you are expecting. Unfortunately, even when you do take good care of your health, it is possible to get sick. You will likely be coping with some kind of illness during your pregnancy. There are some additional challenges to colds and flu when you are pregnant. Plus, we also have COVID-19 going around right now. Pregnancy limits what types of medications you can safely take. Find out what over-the-counter medications you should avoid and how to treat the symptoms of the common cold and flu during pregnancy to get healthier faster.
     
    This podcast is not intended as medical advice. You should be running any symptoms you experience or any medications you are taking by your doctor or midwife; this also goes for over-the-counter medicines.
     
    You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by visiting http://pregnancypodcast.com/sick/
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website at http://pregnancypodcast.com

    • 35 min
    Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy (2020-2021 Flu Season)

    Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy (2020-2021 Flu Season)

    Flu is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. In healthy adults, the flu typically isn't severe, and symptoms usually subside in about a week. When you are pregnant, the inflammatory response your body has to the flu during pregnancy puts you at a higher risk for some complications. The medical community recommends pregnant women get the flu vaccine during their pregnancy to protect them and give passive immunity to their baby. The COVID-19 pandemic is also bringing some additional changes and challenges to the current flu season. There are many flu vaccines available, and it can be challenging to weigh the risks and benefits to decide whether getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy is right for you. This episode dives into all of the evidence and considerations to make an informed decision on whether you should get the flu vaccine during your pregnancy. 
     
    You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

    • 41 min
    Baby Shower Etiquette

    Baby Shower Etiquette

    When baby showers first became popular over 50 years ago, we didn't have the internet or baby registries. Gender roles and rules have changed quite a bit, and the etiquette practiced by our mothers and grandmothers has evolved. Even though we are living in a different time, there is value in looking at the traditional etiquette rules for baby showers and how you can modify your baby shower to celebrate in a way that fits with your lifestyle and values.
    COVID-19 has undoubtedly created challenges for celebrating in-person events. With recommendations to practice social distancing and everyone weighing their risks with COVID-19, you may decide that an in-person baby shower is not the best choice right now. Learn about the alternatives to an in-person shower and the pros and cons of each option. Ultimately, how you celebrate is entirely up to you. I hope you find your own unique way to celebrate.
     
    You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by visiting http://pregnancypodcast.com/shower/
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website at http://pregnancypodcast.com

    • 27 min
    Bonding with Your Baby During Pregnancy

    Bonding with Your Baby During Pregnancy

    There is a lot of research that examines the relationship between newborns and parents. Most of the more recent research builds on the widely accepted concept that a parent’s emotional involvement with their baby influences their parenting. The question is whether you can bond with your baby during pregnancy and get a head start on building that connection early. Every parent experiences pregnancy differently and how you feel about your baby right now is okay and normal. This article examines the research on bonding with your baby during pregnancy and tips on how you and your partner can start building a connection with your baby now.
     
    You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by visiting http://pregnancypodcast.com/bonding/
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website at http://pregnancypodcast.com

    • 35 min

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