48 episodes

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 • 858 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.

    What Your Birth Will Cost, Health Insurance, and Tax Savings

    What Your Birth Will Cost, Health Insurance, and Tax Savings

    In the United States, the average cost of vaginal birth is nearly $10,000, and the average price for a cesarean section is close to $14,000. There are tools and strategies you can use to save money on your medical bills. Insurance can help cover the cost of prenatal care and birth. Tax-advantaged accounts like flexible spending or health savings accounts can save you money on the expenses you have to pay.
    This episode will get you off on the right foot to minimize costs and ensure you are covered. If you already have health insurance, this will help explain how your health insurance works during your pregnancy and birth. If you do not have health insurance or are in the process of changing your insurance, this episode will help you figure out how to choose the right plan. Plus, get an overview of tax-advantaged accounts you can use to pay qualified medical expenses. If you are not in a financial position to obtain insurance or utilize tax-advantaged accounts, plus tips for understanding the costs and how you can get assistance with coverage.
    This episode is not intended to be used as tax advice. Please consult your CPA, accountant, or tax professional for questions and more information.
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    Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.
    Join Pregnancy Podcast Premium to access the entire back catalog, listen to all episodes ad-free, get a copy of the Your Birth Plan Book, and more. 
    Check out the 40 Weeks podcast to find out how your baby is growing each week and learn what is happening in your body. Plus, get a heads up on what to expect at your prenatal appointments and a tip for dads and partners. 
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website. 

    • 39 min
    Birth Tools and Techniques

    Birth Tools and Techniques

    A lot of things need to come together for you to have the birth experience you want. Your birth room environment should feel safe and calm. You need methods to keep you focused and relaxed, so you are not mentally depleted. You also need techniques to relieve physical symptoms during labor, like nausea, exhaustion, and pain. Labor is an intense experience, and it is a marathon. There is not one universal tool that magically works for every mother in labor. Having lots of tools in your toolbox is essential. This article overviews tools ranging from inexpensive gadgets you can buy on Amazon to evidence-based techniques for an easier labor and birth.
     
    Thank you to our sponsors
     
    15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy hybrid baby carriers combine the ease and security of a structured carrier with the comfort and connection of a baby wrap. The ComfyFit Adjust Hybrid Baby Carrier has adjustable arm straps, wraps, and belt to make it easy to share among caregivers and adjust with your postpartum body. 
     
    20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.
     
    Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon and get a free silicone baby bib. You can always see the current promo code for the Zahler prenatal vitamin by clicking here. Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things to ensure you have all the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need. Zahler goes above and beyond to use high-quality bioavailable ingredients like the active form of folate, bioavailable iron, and omega 3s.
     
    Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.
     
    Join Pregnancy Podcast Premium to access the entire back catalog, listen to all episodes ad-free, get a copy of the Your Birth Plan Book, and more.
     
    Check out the 40 Weeks podcast to find out how your baby is growing each week and learn what is happening in your body. Plus, get a heads up on what to expect at your prenatal appointments and a tip for dads and partners.
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

    • 36 min
    What to Pack in Your Birth Bag

    What to Pack in Your Birth Bag

    If you went into labor and showed up at the birth center or a hospital with nothing, it would not be the end of the world. You would probably have to send your partner out to buy a car seat so you could take your baby home, but otherwise, you would indeed survive. You can pack some things in a bag that will make your labor, birth, and postpartum experience much more comfortable. This episode breaks down what you should pack in your hospital or birth center bag for you, your baby, and your partner. Don't worry about taking notes. You can download a free checklist.
     
    Thank you to our sponsors
     
    15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy hybrid baby carriers combine the ease and security of a structured carrier with the comfort and connection of a baby wrap. The ComfyFit Adjust Hybrid Baby Carrier has adjustable arm straps, wraps, and belt to make it easy to share among caregivers and adjust with your postpartum body.
     
    Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon and get a free silicone baby bib. You can always see the current promo code for the Zahler prenatal vitamin by clicking here. Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things to ensure you have all the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need. Zahler goes above and beyond to use high-quality bioavailable ingredients like the active form of folate, bioavailable iron, and omega 3s.
     
    20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.
     
    FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase of AG1. With one delicious scoop of AG1, you’re absorbing 75 high-quality vitamins, minerals, whole-food sourced superfoods, probiotics, and adaptogens to help you start your day right. This special blend of ingredients supports your gut health, nervous system, immune system, energy, recovery, focus, and aging. As a friendly reminder, pregnant or nursing women should seek professional medical advice before taking this or any other dietary supplement.
     
    Download the free checklist and read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.
     
    Join Pregnancy Podcast Premium to access the entire back catalog, listen to all episodes ad-free, get a copy of the Your Birth Plan Book, and more.
     
    Check out the 40 Weeks podcast to find out how your baby is growing each week and learn what is happening in your body. Plus, get a heads up on what to expect at your prenatal appointments and a tip for dads and partners.
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

    • 33 min
    Your Pregnancy Timeline

    Your Pregnancy Timeline

    Review your pregnancy timeline from conception until your baby is born. This episode overviews how your baby develops, what changes your body goes through, and what you should do each month of your pregnancy. Learn when to expect significant milestones like feeling your baby move and critical points to know about in your prenatal care.
     
    Thank you to our sponsors
     
    20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.
     
    Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA and get a free silicone baby bib. You can always see the current promo code for the Zahler prenatal vitamin by clicking here. https://pregnancypodcast.com/vitamin/ Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things to ensure you have all the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need. Zahler goes above and beyond to use high-quality bioavailable ingredients like the active form of folate, bioavailable iron, and omega 3s.
     
    15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy hybrid baby carriers combine the ease and security of a structured carrier with the comfort and connection of a baby wrap. The Boppy ComfyHug Hybrid Newborn Baby Carrier was created with NICU experts and parents of preemie babies to ensure a great fit for your newborn. As a reminder, Boppy products are for your baby's supervised awake time. These products are not for sleep.
     
    FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase of AG1. With one delicious scoop of AG1, you’re absorbing 75 high-quality vitamins, minerals, whole-food sourced superfoods, probiotics, and adaptogens to help you start your day right. This special blend of ingredients supports your gut health, nervous system, immune system, energy, recovery, focus, and aging. As a friendly reminder, pregnant or nursing women should seek professional medical advice before taking this or any other dietary supplement.
     
    Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode. 
     
    Join Pregnancy Podcast Premium to access the entire back catalog, listen to all episodes ad-free, get a copy of the Your Birth Plan Book, and more.
     
    Check out the 40 Weeks podcast to learn how your baby grows each week and learn what is happening in your body. Plus, get a heads up on what to expect at your prenatal appointments and a tip for dads and partners.
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

    • 46 min
    Navigating Each Stage of Labor and Birth

    Navigating Each Stage of Labor and Birth

    How you experience labor and birth will be unique for you. While each labor is different, there is a typical path that all labor follows. This article overviews labor and birth and will walk you through the start of labor until you are on your own at home with your newborn. Plus, tips for what you should do to navigate each stage of the labor process best.
     
    Thank you to our sponsors
     
    15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy hybrid baby carriers combine the ease and security of a structured carrier with the comfort and connection of a baby wrap. The Boppy ComfyHug Hybrid Newborn Baby Carrier was created with NICU experts and parents of preemie babies to ensure a great fit for your newborn. As a reminder, Boppy products are for your baby's supervised awake time. These products are not for sleep.
     
    20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.
     
    Save 20% off the Zahler Prenatal +DHA on Amazon and get a free silicone baby bib. You can always see the current promo code for the Zahler prenatal vitamin by clicking here. Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things to ensure you have all the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need. Zahler goes above and beyond to use high-quality bioavailable ingredients like the active form of folate, bioavailable iron, and omega 3s.
     
    Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.
     
    Join Pregnancy Podcast Premium to access the entire back catalog, listen to all episodes ad-free, get a copy of the Your Birth Plan Book, and more.
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

    • 35 min
    The Evidence on Essential Oils During Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum

    The Evidence on Essential Oils During Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum

    Essential oils are naturally occurring oils made by steam distillation or cold pressing the flowers, roots, seeds, fruit, or bark of plants. These concentrated extracts retain the essence of the plant’s fragrance. Essential oils have long been a part of complementary and alternative medicine in aromatherapy, topical application, or ingestion. Natural remedies, like essential oils, are an attractive alternative for expecting mothers who wish to avoid chemicals or pharmaceuticals and utilize more natural remedies. Most information on essential oils comes from the marketing of the companies that manufacture them or their representatives. There are a lot of claims that essential oils can treat everything from common discomforts to severe illnesses. It can be challenging to determine which claims are valid and which may be exaggerated. This episode examines the safety of essential oils during pregnancy and the evidence of their effectiveness in treating pregnancy symptoms and improving your birth experience. Plus, tips for buying essential oils.
     
    Thank you to our sponsors
     
    15% off Boppy.com with the promo code PREGPOD15. Boppy nursing pillows make breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby so much easier. Designed with experts like lactation consultants to provide ergonomic support for you and your baby, Boppy nursing pillows are a lifesaver for new parents. As a reminder, Boppy products are for your baby's supervised, awake time. These products are not for sleep.
     
    Save 20% off your Simply Magnetic Me order with the code PREGNANCY. Simply Magnetic Me clothing is crafted with 100% organic cotton and sew-safe magnetic closures that connect quickly and quietly. All you do is line up the fabric, and it magically closes. This means you spend less time fussing with snaps, and zippers and more time connecting with your baby.
     
    20% off Mommy Steps or Form insoles with the promo code FEET. Mommy Steps insoles combine optimal arch support with a comfortable cradle for your foot. Changes during pregnancy like rapid weight gain and increased levels of Relaxin can create lifelong changes to the structure of your feet. Keeping your feet properly supported during pregnancy can help alleviate common pregnancy-related foot problems.
     
    FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase of AG1. With one delicious scoop of AG1, you’re absorbing 75 high-quality vitamins, minerals, whole-food sourced superfoods, probiotics, and adaptogens to help you start your day right. This special blend of ingredients supports your gut health, nervous system, immune system, energy, recovery, focus, and aging. As a friendly reminder, pregnant or nursing women should seek professional medical advice before taking this or any other dietary supplement.
     
    Read the full article and resources that accompany this episode.
     
    Join Pregnancy Podcast Premium to access the entire back catalog, listen to all episodes ad-free, get a copy of the Your Birth Plan Book, and more.
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
858 Ratings

858 Ratings

Jincheng Zhu ,

Very informative and educational

I really like this podcast. The host’s voice is soft and soothing. The content is educational and informative, evidence-based. Really helpful for a first time mom like me.

spsgr88 ,

Informative and positive

Although there is a lot of ad content on the public feed, if you ignore that, the content is informative yet distilled done enough that it's easy to digest. Vanessa also delivers content in a positive and encouraging way so it doesn't feel overwhelming. I would love to have access to more of the archive for free, but I understand that money needs to be made at some point. I also love the 40 weeks podcast for snippets of info!

dks2008 ,

Okay but too many ads

It’s a helpful podcast for dipping your toe into the waters of a given topic. It’s not detailed enough to listen and be done, but it’s definitely a good starting point. That said, there are *way* too many ads. I’m not shaming for some ads—we all need to make money—but at least 1/3 of each episode is advertisements. Combine that with her removing old episodes to put behind a pay wall and it doesn’t make me want to pay for her product, it just makes me go elsewhere for the information.

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