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Big Fat Positive is a smart and funny podcast about two best friends who found out they were pregnant at the same time. The show follows the moms-to-be on their journey through pregnancy and into new motherhood, week by week. With weekly check-ins, special guests and segments such as "OMG I’m Freaking Out," hosts Shanna Micko & Laura Birek recount the often hilarious and always honest highs and lows of being a pregnant woman and new mom.
 
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In the special segment “What I Googled This Week,” Shanna and Laura admit the unusual and/or embarrassing questions they’ve asked the internet recently, including the topics of family genetics and toddler visual disturbance. Also, Shanna tackles her toddler’s early-morning wakings, and Laura celebrates her baby’s new and under-appreciated milestone…
 
Laura’s two-year-old has entered the “why” phase, so she is faced with answering the whats, wheres and whys of everything, and Shanna deals with her two-year-old’s continual nap rejection. Also, in the special segment “Stump the Moms,” Shanna and Laura grill each other with exciting trivia questions about childhood games, unusual pregnancy symptoms…
 
In the special segment “Mom Wins!” Laura talks about the miraculous new bedtime technique that has worked wonders with her two-year-old, and Shanna recounts her desperate attempt to remove permanent marker from her child’s face before school. Also, Shanna talks about her two-year-old’s clinginess, and Laura wonders if her baby said his first word a…
 
In Part 2 of “Checkin’ the Inbox,” Shanna and Laura answer more listener questions about everything from our favorite books, to miscarriage, to breastfeeding toddlers and more! Also, Laura talks about her two-year-old’s new anxieties about preschool and gives an update about her baby’s plagiocephaly, and Shanna reports on her daughters’ first illne…
 
In the special segment “Checkin’ the Inbox,” Laura and Shanna answer listener questions about everything from postpartum depression, to solid foods, to c-sections and vaginal births and more! Also, Shanna talks about her two-year-old’s transition out of the crib and into a big bed, and Laura discusses the intrusive thoughts that plagued her after h…
 
Shanna and Laura interview pediatrician Dr. Mona Amin from PedsDocTalk about how new parents can reduce their anxiety about topics such as baby weight percentiles, sleep training, reflux and more! Also, Laura reports on her two-year-old’s first day of preschool, and Shanna talks about her five-year-old’s first day of kindergarten. Finally, they sha…
 
Laura talks about her attempt at sleep training her six-month-old baby and reports on the process of weaning him from nighttime feedings, and Shanna discusses her two-year-old’s new fickle phase. Also, in the segment “Today I Learned,” Shanna and Laura dive into the fascinating topics of sperm kings, morbid poison, the Virgin Mary and hydrotherapy.…
 
In the segment “Mom Confessions,” Laura and Shanna divulge some of their deepest, darkest, most hilarious mom secrets, as they dive into the topics of impulse purchases, pissing off two-year-olds, staying up too late and more! Also, Laura talks about the situation that led to her bed sharing with her baby, and Shanna discusses putting her sleep anx…
 
In this must-listen episode, Laura and Shanna provide big updates about how the surge of the Delta variant is affecting their lives, what they have decided about sending their kids to school during the pandemic and how “the sniffles” means so much more than it ever did before. Also, they interview Dr. Mona Amin from PedsDocTalk about the importance…
 
Shanna gets an IUD inserted and unexpectedly gives her kids a lesson about menstruation, and Laura throws in the towel on her toddler’s nap time and goes with a different strategy. Also, in the segment “Loose Ends,” Laura and Shanna provide updates on past topics they left hanging, including whether Laura’s son is still pursuing a modeling career a…
 
In the segment “What the Hack?” Laura and Shanna share their favorite mom hacks, including several need-to-know breastfeeding tips, a super trick to get toddlers to cooperate while washing their hands and more! Also, Laura reports on her baby’s first week in his plagiocephaly helmet, and Shanna talks about her toddler’s appetite slump. Finally, the…
 
Shanna reveals an epiphany she had during her daughter’s MyGym class, and Laura talks about her 5-month-old’s new obsession with an unexpected item. Also, in the special segment “Gripe Water,” they dive into the topics of kids' clothes, going down internet rabbit holes, farm animals and more. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Sh…
 
In the special segment “Internet Insanity,” Laura and Shanna discuss one of the strangest kids’ shows they have ever seen, and they dive into the hilariously relatable topic of “second kid problems.” Also, Laura talks about her toddler’s reaction to his new nanny and her baby’s journey with plagiocephaly, and Shanna reports on her 2-year-old’s firs…
 
In the special segment “Big Topic,” Shanna and Laura dive into the complicated issue of screen time for kids. They get real about how they each handle screen time in their homes, how they feel about it, and the pitfalls and benefits of introducing little ones to TVs, tablets and phones. Also, Shanna reports on taking a family vacation to the beach,…
 
At long last, Laura and her family move into their new home, and she reports on what it is like to move with a two-year-old and a four-month-old. Shanna talks about signing her 2.5-year-old up for preschool. Also, Laura tells an epic tale about being the daughter of two doctors in the special segment “Throwback.” Finally, they share their BFPs and …
 
In the special segment “Throwback,” Shanna tells a story from her childhood about the time her biggest dream came true and then promptly got washed away. Also, Laura talks about creating a social storybook to help her toddler prepare for their upcoming move, and Shanna reports on her toddler’s newfound desire to have privacy while using the bathroo…
 
Laura is in the throes of the four-month sleep regression with her 17-week-old baby, and Shanna embarks on a mission to find a preschool for her two-year-old. Also, in the special segment “OMG, I’m Freaking Out,” they discuss the parenting-related situations that have been keeping them up at night, including nap dropping, toxic sand and more. Final…
 
In the special segment “Never Have I Ever: Parenting Edition,” Shanna and Laura reveal embarrassing and shocking situations they’ve never been in before having kids, including the unexpected thing Laura got excited about, a scary situation Shanna found herself in, and more! Also, Shanna explains how she overcame some bedtime struggles with her todd…
 
Laura reports on her epic adventure out of town with her toddler and newborn, and Shanna describes the rigamarole she went through to preserve her two-year-old’s nap. Also, in the segment “They Said What?!” Shanna and Laura both share tales about surprising things that their doctors have said to them. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the…
 
In the segment “What I Googled This Week,” Laura and Shanna reveal the parenting-related topics they have asked the internet recently, including toddler weight lifting, kids acting like animals and more! Also, Shanna reports on her 2-year-old’s behavior regression, and Laura reveals her strategy for fixing her baby’s flat head. Finally, they share …
 
Shanna and Laura quiz each other on the topics of mom brain, screen time, newborn abilities and more in the special segment “Stump the Mom.” Also, Laura deals with postpartum hair loss and mysterious breastfeeding issues, and Shanna tackles the problem of her kids not listening to her. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s …
 
Laura and Shanna answer more listener questions! They cover dream feeds, baby milestones, the best thing someone has done for them since giving birth and more. They also answer several breastfeeding questions with the help of lactation professionals Heather O’Neal and Maureen Farrell from the Milk Minute Podcast! Milk Minute Podcast Website: https:…
 
In the special segment “Checkin’ the Inbox,” Laura and Shanna answer listener questions about everything from IVF, to sleep training, to sibling age gaps and more! Also, Shanna reports on a very unfortunate “first” for her toddler, and Laura talks about an ingenious way to keep toddlers busy. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Sh…
 
In the special segment “Mom Wins,” Shanna talks about her unusual phobia and how she handled it during a family vacation, and Laura recounts how she dealt with a potentially stressful weekend away from home. Also, Laura describes her family’s whirlwind week in the land of home-buying, and Shanna reports on her toddler’s increasing focus on fine-mot…
 
Shanna and Laura interview Alison Locke and John Nelson from the Sensory Overload podcast about their experience raising a daughter with autism. Also, Laura talks about tracking her newborn’s naps, and Shanna reports on her toddler’s reemerging separation anxiety. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s toddler is 2 years old…
 
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