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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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    • 4.5 • 793 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.

    Pregnancy Safe Skincare

    Pregnancy Safe Skincare

    Think about everything you put on your skin and hair, from when you step in the shower to when you step out your front door. We use a ton of products every single day; shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream, lotions, face wash, toner, moisturizer, deodorant, sunscreen, makeup, hair products. All of those products you use add up to a very long list of chemicals you introduce to your body. Pregnancy is a period during which you want to be cautious about the chemicals you expose yourself to because some of those chemicals have the potential to cross the placenta and reach your baby. The idea that you could potentially expose your baby to something toxic is scary, and there is a lot of fear around using safe skincare and personal products when you are pregnant. You should avoid a few ingredients and be aware of other controversial ingredients with less clear evidence on the risks. This episode breaks down the evidence on what ingredients have risks that you should be mindful of, how to find safe skin and body care products, and how to understand marketing claims like “non-toxic”.
     
    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.

    • 33 min
    Troubleshooting Your Dog with a New Baby

    Troubleshooting Your Dog with a New Baby

    There are many things you can do to prepare your dog for life with a new baby. From introducing new gadgets like breast pumps to making sure your dog is taken care of while giving birth at a hospital or birth center, many families experience issues acclimating their dog to a new baby. To troubleshoot these topics and more, I talk to John and Jaime Caponetta. They are experts in dog behavior and have many years of experience training dogs from all backgrounds for many different families. Their focus on positive training techniques will help you modify your dog’s behavior, not just suppress it. Read this article to learn how to prepare your dog for your baby and troubleshoot issues that can come up with your growing family and your dog.
     
    Thank you to John and Jaime Caponetta of Pawsome University for sharing their expertise for this episode.
     
    Jaime has her certification as a K9 trainer from the Animal Behavior College in California and earned the title of Associate Certified K9 Behavior Consultant by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. John Caponetta has seven years of experience working in animal welfare and is a former humane law enforcement officer involved in animal cruelty investigations. He is planning to become a certified instructor in pet first aid & CPR. Both John and Jamie are on boards or support multiple non-profit organizations that provide dog training to families facing financial hardship or support fostering dogs and keeping them out of shelters or euthanized due to a lack of services. Together these two run Pawsome University, which offers one on one in-home professional dog training using only positive and fear-free training methods. Plus, they have a podcast called Pawsome University. John and Jamie are experts in dog behavior and they have worked with a lot of new parents. They are the perfect resource to troubleshoot some issues that can happen as you are preparing your dog for a new baby and once you bring your baby home to make sure everything goes smoothly.
     
    You can read the full article and resources that accompany this episode by clicking here.
     
    For more information on John and Jamie, visit the Pawsome University website.
     
    For more evidence-based information, visit the Pregnancy Podcast website.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Hydrotherapy and the Benefits of Water During Labor (Baths, Showers, and Waterbirth)

    Hydrotherapy and the Benefits of Water During Labor (Baths, Showers, and Waterbirth)

    Hydrotherapy is a broad term that encompasses many different treatments around the physical properties of water like temperature and pressure. In this episode, we explore the use of water during labor. Proponents of water birth claim that it is beneficial in managing discomfort from contractions, that it promotes relaxation and eases stress for your baby during birth. Critics of the practice raise concerns about the safety of water births and risks associated with respiratory issues for the baby, and the risk of infection for both you and your baby. This episode examines the evidence and safety of waterbirth, as well as alternative ways to utilize water during labor at home or in a birth center or hospital.
     
    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.

    • 34 min
    Benefits of Water During Pregnancy (Swimming, Pools, Hot Tubs, Baths, and Float Tanks)

    Benefits of Water During Pregnancy (Swimming, Pools, Hot Tubs, Baths, and Float Tanks)

    If you enjoy the water, you don’t have to give it up when you are pregnant. Pregnancy impacts your body by weight gain, increased blood flow, and many more changes that can exert pressure on your cardiovascular system, joints, and spine. Enjoying being in water can be a great workout, relaxing and therapeutic. This episode examines the evidence on the risks and benefits of swimming pools, hot tubs, baths, and float spas during pregnancy.
     
    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.

    • 21 min
    Do You Need a Doula?

    Do You Need a Doula?

    A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother and her birth partner during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. They do not have any formal medical training and do not perform any medical procedures. There are doulas that specialize in every type of birth, from home birth to a planned cesarean at a hospital. There is substantial growing evidence on how doulas positively impact births. But do you need a doula? With the benefits are downsides, like the additional cost. This episode examines the evidence on having a doula, how they advocate for you and work with your OB/GYN or midwife, and how they support your partner in being your primary support during labor. Plus, get tips on how to find a doula that is the right fit for your family.
     
    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.

    • 27 min
    Preparing for Parenthood for Dads and Partners

    Preparing for Parenthood for Dads and Partners

    There is so much attention on mom and baby during pregnancy. Even if you are not the pregnant person in your relationship, there is so much you can do to prepare for becoming a parent. Dads and partners play a huge role in pregnancy, birth, and parenting. This episode will bring you up to speed on everything you need to know about what changes mom is going through during pregnancy, the lowdown on sex, how to prepare for birth, how to be supportive in the postpartum period, and your role with a new baby at home. 
     
    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.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
793 Ratings

793 Ratings

Calmandpeace ,

Phenomenal podcast, so thorough!

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

Sabweenz ,

Ads Ads Ads + Google search

I’ve listened to multiple episodes now, and although they’re very short none of them seem to have much new information beyond what I could quickly glean from a Google search myself. Also I swear 75% of the time is spent on advertisement. No thanks.

britanyshea ,

One of the BEST pregnancy podcasts

I’m about to have my second baby and I’ve listened through to some of these episodes 2-3 times..SO informative and I think her voice is calming, not annoying. Of course there are things you can end up having a different opinion on-but I think she’s very good about offering up the information and then saying, “..but whatever works best for you and your baby.” Also, lots of ad BUT it’s super easy to skip through them... there’s a button for that🤦‍♀️

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