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Join Alejandra Carrasco, M.D. and Christine Maren, D.O., founders of Hey Mami, as they interview some of the top experts about all things Mamihood: preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood! They're here to support you on your journey and help make sense of both modern medicine and holistic wellness. *Please note that the information provided in this episode is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your medical provider.
 
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Hormones affect everyone and everything: from our skin, to stress, to sports. But for most of us, they're still a mystery. Even the way we talk about hormones makes no sense. ("She's hormonal.") So let's clear some things up. Each week, Rhea Ramjohn is asking scientists, doctors, and experts to break it all down for us. And this season? We're talking about birth control. Season 2 launches Oct 13 with eight weekly episodes.
 
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In today’s episode we are talking all about adaptogenic herbs (like ashwagandha). Our guest today is Dr. Shelese Pratt, who believes in integrative and holistic medicine. Her practice and clinic are focused on neurology and complex medical conditions relating to metabolic disease. Dr. Pratt uses functional medicine and her expertise in biochemistry…
 
In today’s episode we are talking about relationships after kids, and rekindling a marriage or partnership. Our guest is Matt Morgan, one of the leading coaching experts in the country. From dating to engaged to married couples, Matt has helped thousands of couples bulletproof their relationships. His expertise and advice extends to every area of l…
 
In today’s episode we are talking about how to improve egg quality in just 90 days, the best foods and nutrients for egg health, and how to support egg health through lifestyle. Our guest today is Nora DeBora, a Preconception Health Coach, Holistic Nutritionist, and Fertility Awareness Practitioner who helps women prepare for pregnancy and have a h…
 
In today’s episode we are talking about PCOS, fertility treatments, endometrial cancer and early menopause. Our guest today is Amber Fischer, a Certified Nutrition Specialist who specializes in functional nutrition approaches to PCOS, fertility, and women's health issues. Her approach looks at the root causes of disease and dysfunction and uses foo…
 
In today’s episode we are talking about real food for both prenatal and gestational diabetes. Our guest today is Lily Nichols, a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and critical of outdated…
 
In today’s episode we are talking about the role food plays in fertility, especially for those with Hashimoto's or PCOS. Our guest today is Alison Marras of the popular gut-healthy food blog Food by Mars, and author of The Paleo Gut Healing Cookbook. She is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, known for Gut health and Autoimmune nutrition using Pale…
 
In today’s episode we are talking about gut health during preconception. Katie Morra, our guest, is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and Registered Dietitian specializing in gut health and nutrition. Katie is the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice, Gut Honest Truth, that focuses on the root causes of inflam…
 
We're talking all about holistic parenting. Dr. Madiha Saeed, also known as HolisticMom, MD, is a practicing board certified family physician in the USA, health influencer, international speaker and a best-selling author. Her best-selling book The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease, a best-selling functional medicin…
 
In today's episode, we are talking all about fitness before, during, and after pregnancy. We'll dive into a discussion about the core, the pelvic floor, and why kegels might cause more harm than good in some people! Erica Ziel is the founder and creator of Core Athletica®, The Core Rehab Program, Knocked-Up Fitness®, Pre/Postnatal instructor traine…
 
In today's episode, we're talking all about how stress can impact our hormonal health. Dr. Brooke Kalanick is a licensed naturopathic doctor and women’s hormone expert. She is the co-author of Hangry: 5 Simple Steps to Balance Your Hormones & Restore Your Joy and the host of the popular podcast, The Dr. Brooke Show. Dr. Brooke specializes in PCOS, …
 
In today’s episode we are talking about the importance of gut health for preconception. Our guest today is Dr. Vincent Pedre, the Medical Director of Pedre Integrative Health and Founder of Dr. Pedre Wellness, nutraceutical consultant for NatureMD and Orthomolecular Products, CEO of Happy Gut Life LLC, and a Functional Medicine-Certified Practition…
 
In today’s episode we are talking about hormones and how they can affect fertility. Our guest today is Dr. Tara Scott, known for her work in Integrative Gynecology and Hormones. Dr. Scott, known as the Hormone Guru, helps women find the cause of their symptoms and get them on a path to optimal health. She comes with over 25 years of experience and …
 
In today’s episode we are talking about Restorative Reproductive Medicine, and how using this methodology helps to diagnose and treat women's health issues and infertility. Dr. Naomi Whittaker is a fertility surgeon focused on women's restorative reproductive medicine, compassionate healthcare, and education. She is a board-certified OBGYN and a fe…
 
There's so much information out there on how to have a healthy pregnancy. It can quickly become overwhelming! Our guest today will share just five practical ways to prepare for pregnancy. Taylor Dukes is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with a private practice in Texas, where she also owns a wellness center that includes everything from …
 
We are talking about unexplained infertility using the lens of functional medicine to unravel its many causes. Our guest today is Dr. Kalea Wattles. Dr. Wattles is a Naturopathic Physician specializing in fertility and Functional Medicine. She earned her doctorate from Bastyr University and is certified as a Functional Medicine Practitioner by the …
 
Studies show that a particular group of chemicals called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can have negative effects on female and male reproductive health. Our guest today is Shala Salem, MD. Dr. Salem is an Integrative Gynecologist with over a decade of experience. After completing OB GYN residency in Brooklyn, New York, she completed a fello…
 
We're discussing the impact of toxins on pregnancy and fertility, how to reduce your toxic exposure, and more! Our guest is Lara Adler, an environmental toxins expert and educator who teaches health professionals how to eliminate the #1 thing holding their clients back from the results they are seeking - the unaddressed link between chemicals and c…
 
Blood sugar issues may play a role in fertility challenges. Our guest today is Dr. Jaime Seeman, a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist practicing in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Seeman is currently in private practice at Mid City OBGYN offering a full range of services in obstetrics, gynecology, robotic surgery and primary care. She is a fellow i…
 
Did you know that regular ovulation is important, whether or not you want children? Our guest today is Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health.…
 
We both use a dried urine test called DUTCH to measure comprehensive hormone levels in our clinical practices. We find this test to be super useful and love the objective data which helps drive our individualized protocols. Our guest today is the Medical Director for the DUTCH Test, Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH. Dr. Jones is an internationally reco…
 
Mindset might play a bigger role in your mamihood journey than you think! Our guest is Dr. Shelly Sethi, a double board certified family physician who provides integrative and functional medicine to people who are looking for clarity and root-cause resolution of their chronic health issues, and to people who want to optimize their body and brain to…
 
In today's episode, we're talking all about a baby's brain: when it develops, how it develops, and how preconception health influences a baby's neurological development. Our guest is Dr. Maya Shetreat, a neurologist, herbalist, urban farmer, and author of The Dirt Cure. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Telegraph, NPR, Sky News, The …
 
Trying to figure out when to stop birth control to try and conceive can be confusing, especially when you add Post-Birth Control Syndrome to the equation! Our guest today is Dr. Jolene Brighten, a naturopathic physician and prominent leader in women’s medicine and the emerging science of Post-Birth Control Syndrome — studying the effects of hormona…
 
Nutrition is a tricky topic, because there's just so much conflicting information out there! Today, we'll shed some light on nutrition for fertility and preconception health. Our guest is Stephanie Rome, MS, CNS, LDN, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Keenist (a nutrition counseling practice she founded in 2014).…
 
We love personalized care, especially when it comes to fertility care! Today, we'll be discussing the conventional approach to infertility, and the TUSHY Method. Our guest is Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, also known as the Egg Whisperer. She graduated from UCLA School of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Harvard Medical Sch…
 
Male fertility issues contribute to about 50% of all infertility cases. So knowing how to support fertility and better sperm health is important for healthy conception. Our guest today is Geo Espinosa, ND, a naturopathic functional medicine doctor who is recognized as an authority in urology and men's health.…
 
Genes can give us insights into digestion, energy, hormones, stress, brain health, inflammation, longevity, detoxification, and even athletic performance. Understanding unique nutritional needs and vulnerabilities is important, especially as it relates to preconception health. Our guest is Alex Swanson, MS. Alex is the founder of Nutrition Genome, …
 
This season on Hormonal we’ve learned a lot about birth control. From the origin of the pill, to how side effects can be beneficial, to the history and future of Reproductive Justice. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t more to learn, especially when it comes to those pesky myths that just never seem to completely disappear. This week on the Hor…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended healthcare systems around the world, especially reproductive healthcare. People who relied on face-to-face visits with their doctor or timely appointments are now facing cancellations and rescheduling. And those who had employer-based care in countries that have limited alternatives, like the United States, are now…
 
The birth control pill, which many of us just call "the pill," officially turns 60 years old this year. Instead of just breaking out the cake and candles, we’re telling you the story of the pill. Where did this remarkable invention even come from? And what doors did it open up for our parents and grandparents? Additionally, when considering the his…
 
Inequality is all around us and manifests in tricky ways. When it comes to healthcare in particular, for many of us, reproductive care is a large part of how we interact with the healthcare system. So how do systems of oppression such as racism, ableism, sexism, and so many more, make it harder for some of us to access reproductive care? To talk ab…
 
Most people take birth control because they want to avoid getting pregnant. As many of us find out after starting the pill, the shot or getting a device inserted, avoiding pregnancy is not all that happens! There are other shifts in the body that take place when you try something new. How to view these side effects is in the eye of the beholder. So…
 
You probably know and love someone who’s had an abortion, or maybe you’ve had one yourself. Despite the fact that one in four people capable of getting pregnant will have a termination in their lifetime, finding accurate information about abortions is tricky. While terminating a pregnancy is one of the safest medical procedures out there, the polit…
 
A big reason why a lot of people start taking hormonal birth control is simple: they’re having sex, and they don't want to risk a pregnancy. But, this isn't true for everyone. Preventing a potential pregnancy is not the only thing that happens when you take a pill, get a device inserted, or get a shot. As your body adjusts to a new method, lots of …
 
We’ve been hard at work on the latest season of Hormonal, and this time, we’re looking at Birth Control. We’re excited to share this trailer for our new episodes, where we’ll be looking at the science, the side effects, the societal implications, and much more, around birth control. Hosted by Rhea Ramjohn, the weekly podcast will feature voices fro…
 
Everyone has hormones. But for some reason only one gender is seen as the “hormonal” one. How can we reclaim this term? And how can we explore the powers of our hormones—not just the burdens? For more we’re joined now by Martie Haselton, the author of “Hormonal: The Hidden Intelligence of Hormones.” She’s also a professor of psychology at UCLA. Her…
 
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