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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.

Pregnancy Podcast Vanessa Merten

    • Parenting
    • 4.7, 6 Ratings

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.

    Herpes Simplex Virus & Pregnancy

    Herpes Simplex Virus & Pregnancy

    There are over 100 herpesviruses, and of those 8 affect humans. The two that are most common are the herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are common skin conditions. If you have HSV-1 or HSV-2, you should not be ashamed or embarrassed. The truth is that this virus affects a considerable portion of the population, and one in five women. Neonatal herpes is a serious condition that can have detrimental effects. The good news is that transmission rates during pregnancy and birth are low. Learn about how the herpes simplex virus can affect you and your baby during pregnancy, what medications are safe to use, and how to prevent transmission to your baby.
     
    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.

    • 22 min
    Prioritizing What is Important

    Prioritizing What is Important

    Prioritizing what is important is focusing your attention on the bigger things and spending less energy on the smaller things. Whether something is big or important is completely subjective. You have to decide what is important to you and your partner. Prioritizing what is important will keep you out of feeling overwhelmed. It is easy to burn yourself out trying to learn about every aspect of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Learn how to decide what is important and get tips to keep from getting sidetracked and overwhelmed with too many decisions.
     
    You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by visiting http://pregnancypodcast.com/important/
     
    For more evidence-based information visit the Pregnancy Podcast website at http://pregnancypodcast.com

    • 23 min
    Autonomy

    Autonomy

    Autonomy may not be the first thing you think about when you think of pregnancy or birth. Taking agency and ownership of your body can have a profound impact on your confidence and your satisfaction with your pregnancy and birth experience. This episode explores autonomy as it relates to many aspects of your pregnancy and parenting journey. We cover working with your care provider and participating in the discussion. How autonomy can help you navigate current restrictive policies due to COVID-19. Plus, the value in trusting your intuition. 
     
    Thank you to Deb Flashenberg for sharing so much valuable information in this episode.
     
    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.

    • 32 min
    Precipitous Labor and Birth

    Precipitous Labor and Birth

    You have a vision of what you imagine your labor going like. There is always the possibility that your birth does not go as planned due to circumstances out of your control. It can cause anxiety for your birth to go another route you were not expecting. One possibility is precipitous labor and birth. This is when your baby is born within three hours of your labor starting. You can think of this episode as some emergency planning just in case you end up with very short and fast labor and birth. Learn about precipitous labor, get some tips if you do find yourself in this scenario, and how to process your birth experience afterward.
     
    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
    Prodromal Labor

    Prodromal Labor

    You spend nine months preparing for your labor and birth, and suddenly it is here, and you are having contractions. Are you sure this is it? It could be prodromal labor. It can be tricky to tell the difference between prodromal labor and actual labor because contractions can have a somewhat regular pattern. They can start and stop at about the same time each day, and this can last for days or weeks before your labor starts. Learn about prodromal labor, how you can cope with it, and how to know when it is a fire drill or the big day you will be meeting your baby.
     
    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.

    • 20 min
    Birth Changes for the Foreseeable Future

    Birth Changes for the Foreseeable Future

    COVID-19 has caused a lot of changes to birth plans over the past few months and we can expect many of these changes to last for the foreseeable future. In this episode, I talk with Heather Delaney, of Maryland State Doulas, about how you can prepare, and what to expect if you are pregnant now. Heather is a wealth of information about how hospitals, birth centers, and home birth midwives are navigating this new environment. Learn what questions you should be asking your doctor or midwife, what to expect when you arrive at your birth venue, and what you may experience in labor and postpartum. Plus, the value a virtual doula can bring to your pregnancy and birth, and the logistics of how virtual support can be a lifesaver.
     
    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.

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