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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 ...
 
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40 Weeks Pregnancy Podcast

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Want to know exactly what is going on with your baby and your body this week? Whether you are in week 6 or week 36 of pregnancy, this show will give you just that in about five minutes. Learn how big your baby is, what new developments are going on, how your pregnant body is changing, how you can find relief from some of the changes going on with you like morning sickness and back pain, what to expect at doctor or midwife appointments, how to plan ahead for breastfeeding, how to plan for the ...
 
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Most aspects of having a baby rest solely on the mother. One of the biggest things I hear from partners during pregnancy, labor, and after their baby arrives is that they don't know what to do. They feel useless and like they can't help. Or they feel like there is nothing for them to do. There are so many things partners, and dads can do to support…
 
Once you see the positive result on your pregnancy test, you are sure to have a crazy mix of emotions. You are probably excited, nervous, and maybe a little freaked out. Finding out you are expecting a baby can change your life instantly. It can be overwhelming to think about the amount of information you need to consume and what you need to do bef…
 
A birth plan is your plan of how you envision your birth and what happens directly following the birth of your baby. A birth plan is much more than a piece of paper you hand to your care provider. It is the process you go through to prepare for the birth experience you want. This process will lay the foundation for you to be prepared for the scenar…
 
Cierrah is a wife, mother, student, stay at home mom and influencer. Make sure to leave a shoutout for her twin babies featured in this episode as they get ready to turn 1 this weekend! On this weeks episode she tells us about her pregnancy with twin boys. Cierrah, already a mother of 1 child under 1 found out she was having twins very early. She s…
 
A birth plan is much more than a piece of paper you hand to your care provider. A birth plan is a process you go through to prepare for the birth experience you want. This process will lay the foundation for you to be prepared for the scenario in which everything goes as intended and for what should happen if things do not go as planned. While pare…
 
Peters Book: Pre-order Peter's Instagram Peter's Facebook Peter's Website Peter's YouTube Peter Mutabazi talks to us today about his personal journey which brought him from a small village in Uganda all the way to Charlotte, NC USA. Along this journey of survival, resilience and hope Peter learned many things that would help equip him with tools to…
 
Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree. While dates are high in sugar, they also contain nutrients like fiber, potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamin B6. There are many claims about the health benefits of eating dates. Among the many claims is that dates can naturally induce labor and make labor shorter. Sounds pretty great, right? Thankfully, …
 
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering book mentioned in interview My birth prep book recommendation For her second birth Kimberly decided a midwife assisted hospital birth was the right choice for her. While preparing she and her husband had the plan laid out on how they were to make it to the hospital. What they did not anticipate in this plan was just h…
 
Protein does more than build muscle mass. Protein is necessary to structure, function, and regulate virtually all tissues in your body. You can imagine that you need protein for yourself and your growing baby during pregnancy. While there is a Recommended Daily Allowance for protein during pregnancy, some research shows the RDA is underestimated an…
 
https://amzn.to/3ONiWiYHeidi's Birth Video Labor Book I highly Recommend! On this episode we talk to Heidi Calmus, a 36 year old mom of 3 from Colorado, USA. You might recognize Heidi from her families YouTube Channel Dude Dad where her husband Taylor documents all things fatherhood, family and more! Today's episode features the birth of Otto, Heid…
 
Many studies demonstrate the benefits of yoga during pregnancy, from reducing time in labor to improving newborn outcomes. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that modified yoga is one of the safest exercises for pregnant women. ACOG also cautions against specific poses and hot yoga. As with examining any activity, there …
 
Below you'll find the link to The Mongan Method Hypnobirthing book referenced. I highly recommend this read to prepare for labor and delivery of any kind, not just a hynobirth! https://amzn.to/3vEHgL9 Here is a link to the B.R.A.I.N. post on our Instagram to help you process information and make informed decisions for yourself! https://www.instagra…
 
Research has firmly established strength and resistance training benefits for your physical and mental health. Lifting weights may be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about strength training. This can also include using resistance bands, kettlebells, and body-weight exercises like pushups, pull-ups, or squats. Even activities like p…
 
Here is a link to Lacey Buchanan's book "Through the Eyes of Hope" as mentioned during the podcast. Hardcover: https://amzn.to/3O88D97 Kindle: https://amzn.to/3M96QyA Paperback: https://amzn.to/3ruJdZo Audiobook: https://amzn.to/3vkk2Km Lacey's book details her journey to motherhood as a young wife, newly accepted law school student and first time …
 
Cardio is any workout in which you elevate your heart rate. Many exercises fall under the umbrella of cardio. This includes walking, hiking, running, biking, rowing or elliptical machines, dancing, playing sports, or HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Activities like jumping jacks, burpees, and jumping rope are also cardio workouts. There is …
 
Meredith, a 42 year old mom of 1 from California tells us about her story. She leaves no details out in telling us about her fertility journey to become pregnant, how she felt during her pregnancy and the difference in care she received from when she saw an OBGYN and when she switched to a midwife. Meredith's planned home birth went a lot faster th…
 
Regular exercise during pregnancy can decrease your risk of complications like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean birth and promote a healthy weight gain. Working out can also ease common pregnancy symptoms like constipation and back pain. In addition, living an active lifestyle will improve your physical and mental health in the shor…
 
Dena talks about the birth of her son Nicolas in 1996. Despite an uneventful pregnancy and normal genetic/prenatal testing, Dena learned on the day of his birth that he had Down Syndrome. Dena talks about the feelings associated with learning about such a diagnosis and the grief that goes along with realizing your child may not live the life you ex…
 
Your body will go through a more significant transformation during pregnancy than in any other period of your life. Although building and growing a human is an amazing feat, not everyone is thrilled about the involved physical changes. There is evidence that women commonly experience body dissatisfaction during and after pregnancy. This can range f…
 
Bibi is an Italian mother of 3 living in Australia as a practicing midwife. After a successful unassisted home birth with her first child Bibi was worried her next home birth would not go as planned once she heard she was having twins. After a lot of research, experience and mothers intuition, Bibi decided that a home birth was the right decision f…
 
In her interview Jess speaks about the idea that your birth may not go as planned, your provider may fall short and the facility you deliver at can leave a lot to be desired. We work through this topic knowing it is ok to be upset, its ok to feel disappointed, it is ok to grieve the birth you thought you were going to have. Jess brings a lightheart…
 
Dr. Leah Gordon is a natural fertility doctor who has a vested interest in women's health. It was during Dr. Gordon's 4 year program that she learned about her husbands low sperm count. In her interview she talks about her interest in women's health and why its important to the world, her families journey through male factor infertility and how the…
 
Your doctor or midwife will monitor your weight as a metric of your health during pregnancy. Excessive weight gain or not gaining enough weight during pregnancy is associated with newborns’ low and high birth weights, preterm delivery, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, cesarean birth, and postpartum hemorrhage. Your risk for these complications i…
 
The growing body of research on sleep demonstrates the absolute necessity of sleep for every biological function. Your body goes through significant changes during pregnancy and while recovering from birth and breastfeeding. One of the best interventions for your health, recovery and the health of your baby is to get good sleep. Unfortunately, thes…
 
Welcome to Bonded by Birth, a podcast where we share your birth story! This is our official trailer to tell you a bit more about our plans here at Bonded by Birth and also a sneak peak into some of the guests on our podcast. We have interviews with women who have had natural births, hospital births, VBACS, even babies born in cars! We tackle topics…
 
The growing body of research on sleep demonstrates the absolute necessity of sleep for every biological function. This includes learning, memory, brain function, mental health, appetite regulation, immune system function, metabolic function, the health of your gut microbiome, even your cardiovascular health. It is well established in the scientific…
 
This article examines your care team during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Your primary care provider is the cornerstone of your prenatal care and birth experience. In addition to your doctor or midwife, many other types of practitioners can play a role in your care. This article will help you understand each professional's role in your car…
 
Staying hydrated is crucial to help your overall health. Water makes up around 60% of your total body weight, and every cell in your body needs water to function. Staying hydrated helps you regulate body temperature, aids in digestion, transporting nutrients and oxygen to cells, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating waste. These processes are also c…
 
Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is one of the easiest things you can do to ensure you have all of the vitamins and nutrients you and your baby need during pregnancy. You have an increased need for specific nutrients during pregnancy, and it is challenging to meet these requirements with your diet alone. There are many choices when it comes t…
 
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