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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

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.5 • 810 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.

    Navigating Prenatal Care

    Navigating Prenatal Care

    Prenatal care is healthcare from a medical professional for you and your baby during pregnancy. It is well established that women who receive prenatal care are more likely to have healthy infants. Your doctor or midwife is your trusted partner and has education about all of the intricacies of pregnancy and birth. An important point to keep in mind is that you are in complete control over what happens and what procedures your doctor or midwife performs throughout your prenatal care. You can expect to have somewhere around 14 appointments throughout your entire pregnancy. The time you spend with your doctor or midwife will shape the tests you take, the procedures your care provider performs, and the preparation for your birth. Learn what to expect at each appointment and how to navigate prenatal care confidently.
     
    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.

    • 39 min
    Weaning from Breastfeeding

    Weaning from Breastfeeding

    Some of the best breastfeeding resources lack great information on weaning. What you find instead is information on why you should keep breastfeeding and anxiety-inducing articles on all of the things that can go wrong when you stop nursing. Breastfeeding is important and thankfully there are many resources for this, but it can be stressful when you are ready to wean and have limited evidence of how to do it. This episode aims to take the anxiety out of weaning. Get actionable tips on how to stop breastfeeding and transition from being a breastfeeding mother to your next parenting adventure.
     
    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.

    • 31 min
    Bottle Feeding and Infant Formula

    Bottle Feeding and Infant Formula

    Even if you plan to breastfeed exclusively, there is value in learning about bottles and formula if you decide or need to incorporate them to feed your baby at some point. If you pump breast milk, you will be using a bottle to feed your baby. If you stop breastfeeding before your baby’s first birthday, you will need to supplement with formula. You have many options for bottles and formula, and choosing the best fit for you and your baby can be challenging. This episode is your comprehensive guide to bottle feeding your baby, from introducing a bottle to choosing the right infant formula.
     
    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.

    • 45 min
    Pumping Breastmilk and Building a Stash

    Pumping Breastmilk and Building a Stash

    Breast milk is liquid gold. It is so valuable and amazing that scientists cannot reproduce it in a lab, and only you can make it. Your body perfectly formulates your milk for your baby, and pumping allows you to provide milk for your baby even when you are not there. This episode covers the fundamentals of pumping breastmilk to meet your goals, whether an occasional pumping session or building a serious freezer stash. If you plan to return to work after maternity leave, this episode walks through navigating pumping at work. Plus, everything from cleaning and sterilizing your pump and accessories to safely storing your milk.
     
    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.

    • 48 min
    Breastfeeding Troubleshooting

    Breastfeeding Troubleshooting

    Your newborn is hard-wired to breastfeed and is born with instincts to help them latch right after birth. Despite these instincts, breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally or go perfectly right from the start. In reality, breastfeeding can take practice and patience as you and your baby navigate your nursing relationship. Many issues can come up during breastfeeding in the first few days and even months down the road. The more you know about the small speed bumps you could run into, the more likely you are to be able to get over those and correct minor issues before they become significant problems. Issues can include symptoms in your breasts like leaking, sore nipples, nipple shields, pain during breastfeeding or pumping, vasospasms, blebs, plugged ducts, mastitis, and engorgement. Or issues that affect your baby like jaundice, tongue-tie, yeast infection, thrush, food allergies or sensitivities, nursing strikes, sleepy babies, cluster feeding, growth spurts, and spitting up. This episode will help you identify common breastfeeding issues and have a basic understanding of how to correct them so you and your baby can enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding.
     
    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.

    • 39 min
    Breastfeeding Basics

    Breastfeeding Basics

    The evidence in support of breastfeeding is overwhelming. There are decades of documentation on the positive effects of breastfeeding on immunity, health, and the connection between mother and baby. Despite all of the evidence supporting breastfeeding, most parents supplement or switch to infant formula within the first year. Many factors contribute to a lack of encouragement for exclusive breastfeeding. Educating yourself and finding support are the two key things you can do to get breastfeeding off to a great start. This episode covers the basics you should know about breastfeeding and the foundational principles educate yourself and find support to make breastfeeding easier.
     
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
810 Ratings

810 Ratings

Brookley94 ,

So helpful!

I absolutely LOVE this podcast! It helped me get through a miscarriage and then having a successful pregnancy. I love how focused Vanessa is on research and she does an incredible job of weighing the pros and cons of all the stressful choices to be made in pregnancy, birth and afterwards. She also keeps a tone of inclusiveness by emphasizing the need to choose what’s right for you and that doesn’t look the same for every person.

Highly recommend!

Calmandpeace ,

Phenomenal podcast, so thorough!

Thanks for your research and saving us moms some time. Thanks for sharing

atierraj ,

So many ads!

I appreciate the information and think she does a good job of research, but the ads are way over the top. It’s like the first and last five minutes of every single episode and so many are the same ads over and over again. I understand you have to make a living but 10% or more of the air time is ads. I can barely stomach listening to the episode because it just feels like it’s pushing endless stuff to buy.

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