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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

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    • 4.6, 614 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.

    Inducing Labor

    Inducing Labor

    In a perfect world everything works like it is supposed to, your body is ready, your baby is fully mature and ready to make their entrance into the world, and you naturally go into labor.  As you probably know, everything doesn’t always go the way we plan and many women end up getting an induction to jump start labor.  The key is knowing when an induction may be medically necessary, and when it may be better to wait it out.  There are many reasons your doctor or midwife may suggest an induction and this episode really dives deep into the reasons an induction may be necessary, as well as some reasons it may be better to wait.  There are many ways your labor can be induced and we go through each method, how it works, what risks are involved, and what the benefits of each method are.  We get into the details on stripping and sweeping membranes, misoprostol (Cytotec), dinoprostone (Cervidil & Prepidil), synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin), using a laminaria or balloon cathedar, and breaking your water.  You will definitely want to listen to this episode to get all the information you need to determine whether induction is right for you, when is the best time to do it, and what methods you want to use.
     
    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.

    • 44 min
    The Evidence on Eating and Drinking During Labor

    The Evidence on Eating and Drinking During Labor

    For a long time, it has been a common rule in hospitals that you could not eat or drink during labor. The main reason women were initially discouraged from eating during labor is not as relevant now, and a lot of research does not support policies limiting food or drinks during labor. In the past few years, this rule has improved to allow drinking clear liquids, but not every doctor is on board with eating during labor. In contrast, women who give birth at a birth center or home are encouraged to eat and drink during labor. This article examines the energy and hydration requirements of your body during labor, and the evidence to support why you should or should not eat and drink. Plus, if you decide that you want to have food or drinks at your birth, this episode covers the right things to bring, and how to navigate current hospital policies.
     
    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.

    • 26 min
    Electronic Fetal Monitoring

    Electronic Fetal Monitoring

    During your labor and birth, your doctor or midwife will be monitoring your baby's heart rate to assess their well-being during labor and birth. The goal of using electronic fetal monitoring is to recognize babies who are short on oxygen and identify what the underlying cause is to correct it. Monitoring heart rate can also alert a doctor or midwife in the event an emergency arises in which a baby needs to be born immediately via cesarean section or through an assisted birth. Electronic fetal monitoring may sound uninteresting, but it can have a significant impact on your labor and birth. You have some choices about monitoring, depending on your risk level and how you and your little one are doing during labor.
     
    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.

    • 28 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
614 Ratings

614 Ratings

Mrs. Fraley ,

10 out 10

I love the pregnancy podcast!! I found out I was pregnant at 2.5 weeks and found this pod cast 2 weeks to a month later and I’m soooo glad I did. I listen in the car, at work, putting things together in the nursery, you name it! This pod cast is always chalked full of valid up to date information. Vanessa does intense research be for each episode to give her viewer the most accurate information out there. Would definitely recommend to any mom!

Scottie123k ,

Informative & to the Point!

This has been the most informative and to the piont podcast on pregancy! As a first time expecting Mom, I find Vanessa answers so many questions I have and other I don't even know I needed to consider. She's helped empower me to make more educated decision as I enter into this new stage of life. Thank you!

H-T-N ,

Fact based bite sized information

I love that this podcast is so focused on research and facts. And all are linked in the show notes. One recommendation - pronunciation of terms - especially medical terms. For example, she pronounced “perineum” incorrectly throughout the show.

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