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At the Suite Set, want to make it easy for parents to choose what's best for their families based on the best information available to them. We wanted to make sure parents can get good information on parenting and pregnancy - important information in an easy to understand fast format. Our mission at the Suite Set, and here on What I Know Now - is to end the overwhelm so we are committed to only sharing robust, researched information to help you on your way. www.thesuiteset.comhello@thesuiteset.com.au

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At the Suite Set, want to make it easy for parents to choose what's best for their families based on the best information available to them. We wanted to make sure parents can get good information on parenting and pregnancy - important information in an easy to understand fast format. Our mission at the Suite Set, and here on What I Know Now - is to end the overwhelm so we are committed to only sharing robust, researched information to help you on your way. www.thesuiteset.comhello@thesuiteset.com.au

    E 11 BONUS - What I know now - choosing pre and postnatal vitamins and supplimentation

    E 11 BONUS - What I know now - choosing pre and postnatal vitamins and supplimentation

    How can I choose a good prenatal vitamin?

    We've shaken up our format for today's bonus podcast - because it's such an important topic, I really needed to call in the big guns. Today on the podcast we have the amazing Brittany Darling, BHSc Nutr speaking about the importance of good supplementation for prenatal, pregnancy and postnatal.

    I am passionate about sharing the best, researched and science-based information and Brittany has dedicated her career to supporting women with robust information and evidence-based nutritional medicine so it made sense to get some serious expertise in on the podcast today. This will be the longest podcast we do I think, but there was just so much to talk about.

    Pre and anti-natal vitamins are the ultimate in overwhelm, it's important to get it right and I know for a fact that it's hard to work out what is best. It's also important to find something that works for you in those early stages of pregnancy when you just want to lay on the floor, sleep or vomit.

    In this episode of what I know now, we talk about all things to consider when choosing a prenatal and postnatal vitamin.

    Brittany explains
    What to look for in a vitamin or supplementation
    folate and/or folic acid  - and the MTHR gene.
    Choline, the methylation process and baby's brain development.

    We also myth bust about lifestyle and need for supplementation and we navigate micronutrients. We talk about coming off the pill and what that means for supplement support too.

    And we round out the episode by talking about the top snacks for breastfeeding mums and do some more myth-busting about snacks and breastfeeding.


    Some helpful Instagram posts from Brittany at https://www.instagram.com/wholefoodhealing/

    PRENATAL SUPPLEMENT SHOPPING GUIDE -
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CMqQlAKD763/

    HOW-TO DECODE PRENATAL SUPPLEMENT LABELS//
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CMsuDsSDcf8/

    FOLIC ACID
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CMwLO_sDV2v/

    Brittney's other accounts to follow -
    https://www.instagram.com/im.nutrients/

    For those parents thinking of starting solids, and moving into eating here is a great free downloadable. https://wholefoodhealing.sellfy.store/p/jzqa/

    For more on the suite set, please visit us at https://www.thesuiteset.com/pages/our-gift-to-you.

    Remember, the information here is from our research and fact-checking and based on our experience, so make sure to always seek your very own professional advice before making any individual medical or wellbeing decisions.

    • 42 min
    E 10 What I Know Now - Bringing Baby home to a dog home.

    E 10 What I Know Now - Bringing Baby home to a dog home.

    The best tips for introducing your baby to your dog  - with some extra cat tips too.

    In today's episode, we cover a really common step many parents of new babies have to take, introducing them to your fur baby and four-legged friends. This episode is supported by the amazing team at Dogshare.

    Getting this right is really important, you, your baby and your dog deserve this to be well-thought-out and done to the best of everyone's ability. It's a topic to take really seriously, and one of those things where it pays to do the work in getting it right.

    It's a massive topic and can be really complicated. In this podcast, we've touched on the following points

    -Pet wellness before a baby is born.
    -Preparing the nursery and other big-ticket items.
    -Rewards and baby crying sounds - link here
    -Importance of having a well-exercised pet before and when baby is home. 
    -Introduction to baby (link here to Terry towelling nappies - an absolute must-have for any parent of a new baby, dog or not ).
    -Pet aggressions
    -Enrichments and rewards  - link to likimat here
    - Language and speaking to babies about pets
    - pets and sleeping spaces, spaces for pets
    - active supervision (the baby gates we used here )

    Because it is such a huge topic, I've included some resources and good links here.

    Dogshare – Get some regular walking and/or company for your dog in the lead up to and after babies’ arrival
    Family Paws – Parent Education to support new families with dogs and to find a suitably qualified trainer: https://www.familypaws.com/
    Cooper & Kids – Dog Trainer in Melbourne, Specialises in creating safe environments for dogs and children: https://cooperandkids.com/
    And just because I'm obsessed, here is the adairs dog bed I really want!

    Myth v Reality of bringing baby home.

    This episode has been fact-checked. For more on the suite set, please visit us here and use the code in our podcast for a whopping 20% off all our site.

    Remember, the information here is from our research and fact-checking and based on our experience, so make sure to always seek your very own professional advice before making any individual medical or wellbeing decisions.

    We acknowledge the Yugambeh people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Bundjalung land on which our family lives and on which we recorded this episode.  We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.⁠

    • 20 min
    E 09 What I know now - How to make hospital feel more like a home.

    E 09 What I know now - How to make hospital feel more like a home.

    For many of us, when we have a baby in a hospital setting, it is a rare occasion to be a patient in the hospital. Hopefully, our experiences of being in a hospital are limited and so, therefore, hospitals can seem unfamiliar and can be daunting.
    One criticism of hospitals is that they’re “too institutionalised”, well, yes, hospitals are an institution, but they're also very safe, accessible, and caring spaces to have a baby and become a family. They’re also spaces that can be filled with great love and support.
    Here are a few ideas on how you can make a hospital feel more like home for that short time you’re there.
    Our key points

    Do your research
    Make the most of the access to health professionals and midwives
    You can say no to visitors - if they're allowed under restrictions
    Don't give a s@it what anyone else thinks
    BYO
    And some special tips on aromatherapy and other things we like to take to the hospital - is it a yes or a no?
    and The one thing that truly makes a hospital feel like home.

    Hospital safe aromatherapy
    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding safe brightening, exfoliating mask here because we need all the bright we can Mama! And this lovely face oil adds some extra lux, this one is nourishing and brightening too here. If you're in the market for the best birth suite lip balm, it's here
    Earbuds here
    Non-candle, candle here
    A suite playlist for your hospital room "My wishes for you" here
    If you're in Melbourne and want some pampering in the hospital room, have a look at the gorgeous Jayney here

    This episode is fact-checked and supported by www.familyhq.com.au - thanks Liz and Sarah.

    For more on the suite set, please visit us at here  and to say thanks for listening, use our WIKN20 code for a whopping discount.

    Remember, the information here is from our research and fact-checking and based on our experience, so make sure to always seek your very own professional advice before making any individual medical or wellbeing decisions.

    • 15 min
    E 08 What I Know Now - Group B streptococcus (GBS, or group B strep)

    E 08 What I Know Now - Group B streptococcus (GBS, or group B strep)

    What is Group B strep?

    Oh hi, it's me and my little podcast with a topic for a podcast that does not sound like true crime at all. Group B streptococcus (GBS, or group B strep) is a bacteria that can be carried by about 20% of all women, however, it is often undetected. 

    As my 5 year old would say "Bap bowm. Not a winner".

    Not a winner, but super important to be across. Sorry for being boring. true crime fans.

    It's really important to know about Group B strep, because not all hospitals and doctors order the tests and so it's great to have some extra information around your risk profile and what group B strep actually is so you can talk to your GP or care provider about it.
    In women, it’s found in the intestine and vagina. In most pregnancies, it causes no problem but in a small number of pregnancies, it can lead to infection for baby. This can happen just before or during labour, that is called early-onset infection. It can also affect babies some weeks or months down the track. It is really important to be clear - if you carry Group B Strep it's not a sign of poor hygiene or "uncleanliness"  it's normal bacteria  - so it is nothing to feel shame about. 

    You may come across some info online about the use of probiotics during pregnancy to prevent GBS infection and or ways to "fix" it with food and supplements.  It's useful to research this information but equally important to remember that although the infection numbers are low, severe GBS infection is a very serious infection when it occurs. 
    For information on Group B strep, here are the Australian Government's health resources, they're pretty technical.
     https://www.health.gov.au/resources/pregnancy-care-guidelines/part-f-routine-maternal-health-tests/group-b-streptococcus

    For an easier to read version, but still detailed here is extra information from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 
    https://ranzcog.edu.au/womens-health/patient-information-resources/group-b-streptococcus

    This episode is fact-checked and supported by www.familyhq.com.au - thanks Liz and Sarah.

    For more on the suite set, please visit us at https://www.thesuiteset.com/pages/our-gift-to-you and in this episode we share a whopping discount for our What I know now listeners. 

    Remember, the information here is from our research and fact-checking and based on our experience, so make sure to always seek your very own professional advice before making any individual medical or wellbeing decisions.

    • 7 min
    E 07 BONUS - Tips on being a parent post lockdown, what new normal may mean for you.

    E 07 BONUS - Tips on being a parent post lockdown, what new normal may mean for you.

    We had such a big response to our post on Instagram on re-entry into "real life" when you're pregnant or have a new baby. A lot of the feedback was about the tips for visitors and how handy they were.  We decided to record it quickly today as a podcast.

    Please share it with anyone you know for some practical tips on having visitors, being social or visiting with a newborn. This podcast is broken down into two parts.

    The first is for parents and at 13 min mark, it's for visitors.

    So what now for parents?
    Lockdowns are being lifted, but that doesn't mean you feel like doing all the things, or maybe you're feeling a bit anxious about reentry. Here we go through ways to manage this. 
    Well done you. You’ve had a baby in a pandemic. You’ve had a lockdown baby. You are awesome and your baby is so lucky it has you. I am proud and a bit in awe of you.
    As the parent,  it’s your job to protect your baby and your home - physically and emotionally.

    The only thing you need to focus on is this - Your baby comes first - not anyone else’s feelings or needs or wants. Not your in-laws, not your parents or your siblings, not your besties or your elderly neighbours who just want to pop in after they've been to chaddy. 
    So let's set about making sure we can make sure the next few weeks of reentry are as ok as they can be. It is ok to want to do all the things and see all the people, but it's also totally ok and natural to want to stay in your newborn lockdown cocoon.
    Keep a close eye on your mental health, if you feel your baseline is slipping, click here for tips from Dr Aileen, make a telehealth appt asap with your GP or with your maternal health service - call PANDA or COPE or beyond blue. 
    At 13.15  For Visitors:
    We get it - one of your besties or your sister has had her baby and you are FINALLY. ALLOWED. TO. VISIT. And it is big and massive and if you’re anything like me  - you can not wait a second more to get your hands on the bebe. Also, if you’re like me you watched a lot of Schitts in lockdown. 
    If you're visiting new parents be really mindful that everything is new for them - everything, this little person has turned their world upside down and they’re surviving on dopamine and caffeine. Add in a pandemic and case numbers that sound super high -and it will be pretty common that new parents - and indeed pregnant people - to feel some significant anxiety. 
    First and foremost, this isn’t about you. Said in the most loving and caring way. For many of you  - the thought of meeting this baby has got you through some tough moments, but it’s important to be mindful that baby needs to come first. 
    Everyone loves company and help with a newborn, but this “new normal” isn’t normal - so let’s be super kind and supportive. Let's take it gently.
     
    with love xo

    • 20 min
    E 06 What I know now - Get the most of your GP appointment

    E 06 What I know now - Get the most of your GP appointment

    Like anything new, the first pregnancy appointment can be quite daunting.

    Do you think you're pregnant? I suppose you'd better confirm it!

    This first pregnancy appointment is important. It is great to get into a good relationship with your GP and really consider them as part of your team to bring your baby into the world.
    This first Doctor appointment can be daunting like any first thing is, but knowing what to expect can help you feel a bit more prepared.
    And that’s the whole point of this podcast.

    In this episode we go through - 
    Tips to find a fit with your GP.
    What to say in your appointment.
    What to expect in this appointment.
    Due date facts and maths.
    What your GP should be running through.
    Your current medication update.

    Hot Tips -
    Any questions you have for your GP write them down and bring them with you to your appointment.
    This is a big and exciting appointment with lots of information so don’t be afraid to take notes in this appointment, don’t be afraid to ask your GP to repeat information.
    The period tracker I use is: 
    Clue: Period and Ovulation Tracker for iPhone and Android
    We would love your help to share our great researched information with your friends who may need some great tips. Please share.
    We've got a whopping discount code in this podcast too for 
    The Suite Sets

    Thanks so much to the team at https://www.familyhq.com.au/ for supporting this episode. 

    • 11 min

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