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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.

    The Truth About Pooping During Labor

    The Truth About Pooping During Labor

    Whatever you want to call it, everyone goes #2, poops, or has a bowel movement. Spoiler alert, yes, it is true that this could happen during labor. Let me spare you having to Google this and sift through message boards of expecting moms horrified at this thought. This is the truth about pooping during labor. This episode discusses the possibility of pooping during labor, if it happens to everyone, and whether you can avoid it.
     
    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.

    • 19 min
    The Evidence on Vaginal Exams Before and During Labor

    The Evidence on Vaginal Exams Before and During Labor

    In the last month of your pregnancy, you will be seeing your doctor or midwife weekly. Vaginal exams take place during your pregnancy in the last few weeks leading up to your birth and during your labor. The question is, are they really necessary and will you benefit from the results? Vaginal exams have become a routine, but questions about what the results show, the risks involved, and the psychological effects of the results have some expecting moms questioning whether they want to opt into these procedures. Learn what is involved during a vaginal exam, how the results are interpreted, and what the results mean for you and your baby. This episode presents all of the considerations, research and evidence to help you make an informed decision about vaginal exams.
     
    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.

    • 33 min
    Choosing (or Changing) Your Doctor or Midwife

    Choosing (or Changing) Your Doctor or Midwife

    Your care provider is the cornerstone of your prenatal care and birth experience. This is your expert resource that you will be working with throughout your pregnancy to make some very important decisions and you need to be comfortable with and trust your care provider. That is more important than their qualifications, where they went to school, and how many babies they have delivered. You need to see them as an integral member of your team, and most importantly you need to trust them and be comfortable with them. This article breaks down some considerations for choosing the right care provider. We will cover the difference between a midwife and an OB/GYN. We will discuss changing your care provider if you are not happy with your current one. Plus, this article includes a list of questions you can ask to find the right doctor or midwife for the prenatal and birth experience you want.
    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.

    • 36 min
    Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy

    Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy

    You will spend about one third of your life sleeping. Sleep is so vital to your health and the health of your baby. Especially early and later in your pregnancy when you are more prone to fatigue, you will be spending a lot of hours sleeping. The big question is whether there is an ideal position to be sleeping in. In recent years there have been studies making headlines that sleeping on your back is dangerous for you and your baby. This has led to many expecting mothers waking up on their backs and panicking. I want to keep you from having to experience that. This article digs into the pros and cons of different sleeping positions, examines the research on which position is ideal, and digs into the statistics on your risks.
     
    You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by visiting http://pregnancypodcast.com/sleepingposition/
     
    For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website at http://pregnancypodcast.com

    • 30 min
    Perineal Massage to Prevent Tearing

    Perineal Massage to Prevent Tearing

    Your perineum is the area between your vaginal opening and your rectum. This area stretches during birth and it is possible to have a tear. If you have an episiotomy, this is the area that is cut during the birth of your baby. Perineal massage is an exercise done by you in the weeks leading up to birth to prevent tearing. The theory behind perineal massage is that by stretching this area leading up to your birth will allow it to stretch more easily, and without tearing when your baby is crowning. There have been studies on perineal massage both during pregnancy and during the second stage of labor. This episode examines these studies to determine whether there is evidence to support this practice.
     
    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.

    • 17 min
    When to Announce Your Pregnancy

    When to Announce Your Pregnancy

    There are a lot of questions about when to announce your pregnancy. Some expecting parents are comfortable telling everyone as soon as they have a positive test. Others prefer to wait until they are further along in their pregnancy. Some of the factors that can influence this are how private you are with sharing information, the particulars of your pregnancy, and your specific work situation. Learn why some parents choose to wait for certain milestones and the pros and cons of announcing early and later on. The right timing of when to announce your pregnancy will be different for everyone. This episode breaks down the considerations so you can decide when the right time is for you.
     
    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.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

Mrunal Pandit ,

Awesome show

Just loved the way every aspect of pregnancy is addressed. Very informative especially to me as we are planning the same. Keep up the good work.@mykitaabcast

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