35 episodes

Thousands of women joke about getting knocked up by their gay best friend when they get fed up with dating. Follow my decision to ACTUALLY do it: learning about the single mother by choice community, failed DIY attempts, to choosing IVF. 

The Backup Plan Meredith Kate

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 45 Ratings

Thousands of women joke about getting knocked up by their gay best friend when they get fed up with dating. Follow my decision to ACTUALLY do it: learning about the single mother by choice community, failed DIY attempts, to choosing IVF. 

    34: Blastocysts

    34: Blastocysts

    Text me!After a week of waiting, Meredith learns how many of her fertilized eggs have become full fledged embryos. She shares how she found out, how she's feeling, and what's up next.Read the full blog post here - https://backupplanpod.com/34-blastocysts/ITEMS MENTIONED:Diva Cup - https://amzn.to/3UJRfLOSupport the Show.CONNECT WITH THE BACKUP PLANWebsite: https://backupplanpod.comYouTube: https://www.www.youtube.com/@backupplanpodInstagram: https://instagram.com/backupplanpodTikTok: https://...

    • 26 min
    33: Egg Retrieval Surgery

    33: Egg Retrieval Surgery

    Text me!What’s it like to have an egg retrieval for IVF at KindBody? Meredith just had hers and she’s here to share the results - how many eggs were retrieved, how many were mature, and how many were fertilized with her gay best friend’s sperm. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.OTHER EPISODES REFERENCED:The attempted break-in! - https://backupplanpod.com/21-january-was-wild/Meet Krystina - https://backupplanpod.com/9-to-breed-or-not-to-breed-w-krystina-arielle-whitney-warrenRead the full blog post for ...

    • 33 min
    32: Egg Retrieval Injections, Week 2

    32: Egg Retrieval Injections, Week 2

    Text me!When your follicles don't respond to hormones, you pump up the volume and keep injecting. Meredith has to keep up the routine this week in anticipation of the egg retrieval and symptoms have really started kicking in! Belly bruising, foggy brain, and increasing shot pain...oh my.ITEMS MENTIONED:Small Ice Packs with Sleeve - https://amzn.to/3vMNfC2Read the full blog post for this episode - https://backupplanpod.com/32-egg-retrieval-injections-week-2/Support the Show.CONNECT WITH THE BA...

    • 17 min
    31: Egg Retrieval Injections

    31: Egg Retrieval Injections

    Text me!We've moved into the injection phase! Meredith is 22 injections in and reporting on all of the wild side effects: vivid dreams, unsupportive family members, and an incredible amount of trash. Truth be told, it's a lot easier than she anticipated and way more enjoyable than the estrogen priming.ITEMS MENTIONED:Small Ice Packs with Sleeve - https://amzn.to/3vMNfC2REPORTS MENTIONED: Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology's 2021 National Report - https://www.sartcorsonline.com/rptCS...

    • 26 min
    30: Estrogen Priming

    30: Estrogen Priming

    Text me!Bare with Meredith this week, she was in a lot of pain when she recorded and edited this episode!With a full week of estrogen priming under her belt, Meredith talks through the pain she’s experiencing, updates on third party clearance for Kindbody, and refreshes the “What do we call Michael?” situation.ITEMS MENTIONED:IKEA Klipsk Bed Bed Tray: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/klipsk-bed-tray-white-00258882/Read the full blog post for this episode - https://backupplanpod.com/30-estrogen-pr...

    • 11 min
    29: Starting IVF

    29: Starting IVF

    Text me!Meredith is starting IVF this week! She's taking Estradiol (Estrace) in before shots start next week. Despite some confusion with the Family Building Team at Kindbody, Meredith prepared with IVF organization tips and answers some listener questions.00:18 - Officially Starting IVF02:30 - Kindbody Bummer08:06 - The Nebulosity of April10:17 - IVF Organization11:18 - Ask Me AnythingITEMS MENTIONED: Shoe Organizer: https://amzn.to/3TAP7FKPhomemo D30 Label Maker Machine: https://amzn.to/49p...

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Krystina Arielle ,

Merry Meredith

I have truly enjoyed following along with Meredith on this journey. From idea to execution she shows us the good, bad and ugly and I am so thrilled to see what comes next.

MicaelN ,

Meredith is my Shero

I started listening to this podcast because of the great review left by Britney Spears. From AFRs to reusable diaper inserts, Meredith Bruce tackles all of the hot, odoriferous topics at the top of every current and future parents’ minds. She is the Kevin Costner of podcast hosts!!

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Meredith was made for this! Her openness and wit are something to be admired. Listen asap!!!

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