Preggie Pals Episode Guide

Here’s the guide to all your Preggie Pals episodes, your online resource for information on pregnancy! All of our episodes are free to listen to on our website, iTunes and through our RSS feed. You can also find Preggie Pals and other great podcasts geared toward families on the Parents On Demand Network.

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star star star star i Coping with Morning Sickness

For many soon-to-be moms, it’s one of the main symptoms they notice in early pregnancy. So, what can you expect with nausea also know as morning sickness? What typically helps settle the stomach and make you feel better?

star star star star i Keeping Your Pregnancy Low Risk

When pregnant, having an “uneventful” or “boring” pregnancy is actually exactly what your medical care provider wants. A pregnancy with few complications will keep you “low risk”. So, what exactly does having a low risk pregnancy look like? And what can you do to keep it that way?

star star star star i Gender Prediction: Fact Vs. Fiction

Are you having a boy or girl? The question is inevitable the moment you announce your pregnancy. But just how reliable are the tests we use to reveal a baby’s gender?

star star star star i The Truth About Gestational Diabetes

Even if you’ve never had diabetes, you could be among the 18% of women who develop a form of it about halfway through their pregnancy. While gestational diabetes is not a permanent condition, it does impact both mother and baby.

star star star star i Preeclampsia: Symptoms and Treatment

Tired of peeing in a cup every time you have an OB/GYN appointment? They’re testing for increased protein in your urine which may be a sign of preeclampsia. So, what is preeclampsia and how can it impact your pregnancy? If untreated, how could it affect you and your baby?

star star star star i Childbirth Preparation Methods: Hypnobabies

Curious about Hypnobabies? Our expert says her birth was “pain-free” using this technique! Learn more about the method that teaches real medical hypnosis techniques so you can have a more peaceful, calm and enjoyable pregnancy and delivery.

star star star star i Birthing Centers: An Alternative to Hospitals

If you’re going for a more natural childbirth experience, then a birthing center might be best for you. How does a birthing center differ from a hospital? What services to they offer moms-to-be and how do they ensure that you and baby are safe at all times?

star star star star i Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Having chiropractic adjustments can help release pressure from your growing belly and even improve your overall childbirth experience. What are the most common pregnancy discomforts treated with chiropractic care? Are there any risks to mom and baby?

star star star star i Healthy Body Image During Pregnancy

So much is happening with your body during pregnancy. It’s easy to feel lost, confused and even frustrated by all these changes. How do you overcome feelings of doubt and insecurity during a time that’s supposed to be hopeful and happy?

star star star star i Your Pregnancy Due Date: Is It Really Important?

If you were given only one due date during your pregnancy- consider yourself lucky. Often times, moms-to-be don’t have a clear idea when to expect their new arrivals. So, what actually determines your due date and is this date really that important?

star star star star i Prenatal Anxiety and Depression

Pregnancy is supposed to be a time of great joy, unfortunately, at least one in ten pregnant women suffers from bouts of prenatal anxiety and depression. What typically triggers these feelings, and how do you know when extra support is needed?

star star star star i Childbirth Choices: Planned Homebirths

We’re launching a new series all about your choices of how to birth your baby. In this episode, we’re learning all about planned homebirths. What typically happens during a homebirth and how can you better prepare to have the best experience possible?

star star star star i Dental Care During Pregnancy

Your dentist calls about your teeth cleaning, but you cancel your appointment because you’re pregnant. Contrary to popular belief, preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are not only safe, but are recommended.

star star star star i Prenatal Testing and Genetic Counseling

Parents-to-be usually receive the option of testing for genetic defects. Learn more about prenatal testing and genetic counseling available to help decipher the results of these tests.

star star star star i Childbirth Preparation Methods: Hypnobirthing

Looking for a way to soar through your surges by relaxing the fear that tenses your body and triggers pain during childbirth? Then you may want to try hypnobirthing. Learn the basics of this method before you sign up for a class.

star star star star i Miscarriage and Stillbirth: Pregnancy After Loss

If you’ve lost a child, you may be hesitant to get pregnant again. How can pregnant mothers who’ve experienced loss maintain an emotionally healthy pregnancy? How can you avoid additional stress and worry that’s unhealthy for both you and your developing child?

star star star star i Plus Size Pregnancy

If you’re overweight, pregnancy can be a bit more challenging. How is pregnancy different for plus-size women? What simple steps can help you create the safest and most healthy pregnancy possible?

star star star star i Taking Medications While Pregnant

Not all drugs are created equal. Some are perfectly fine for pregnant women and some you should keep out of reach for the next nine months. Learn more about your options when considering the most common over-the-counter medications.

star star star star i The Nesting Instinct During Pregnancy

You have sudden bursts of energy prompting you to re-organize your sock drawer, clean out the frig or spend countless hours picking out the perfect colors to compliment your new baby nursery. Sound familiar? What is the nesting instinct during pregnancy? How instinctual is it really?

star star star star i The Benefits of Professional Birth Photography

We don’t think twice when hiring photographers to capture life’s most precious moments, so why not hire a professional birth photographer? Learn more about this process works and what you can expect throughout your labor and delivery experience.

star star star star i Your Hospital Bag Checklist

Your due date is quickly approaching, and your bags are yet to be packed. What items are essential? What things can you do without? Our facebook and twitter friends weigh in on what belongs on your hospital bag checklist!

star star star star i Childbirth Preparation Methods: Birthing From Within

We’re kicking off our ongoing series focusing on the different methods you can use to stay strong and in control during your labor and delivery. In this episode, we’ll explore the philosophies and guiding principles to Birthing From Within.

star star star star i Bonding With Your Baby Before Birth

For some women, this happens very naturally during pregnancy. But others have to develop it on their own time. We’ll explore some ways you can naturally connect with your unborn child, especially if the pregnancy is a surprise.

star star star star i 10 Reasons To Call Your Doctor or Midwife

Your body is changing and most of these changes are normal. But, when should you be concerned? We’re focusing on the top 10 warnings signs that warrant a phone call to your medical care provider.

star star star star i Planning a Baby Shower

It’s time to plan for your baby shower! But with so many choices to make, it’s easy for the planning process to become more frustrating than fun. We’ll explore some tips and tricks for celebrating your special day with family and friends.

star star star star i All About Baby Names

Let’s face it. There’s a lot of pressure to find the perfect baby name. What are the current national trends when it comes to naming your newborn? What are the most common  struggles parents have in choosing their names? Is there a specific formula you should follow when it comes to naming siblings and twins?

star star star star i Epidurals, Spinals and Pain Medications

We’ve all seen the images on television and in the movies. A woman in labor screams her head off as she’s pushing her baby through the birth canal. We’ve been trained to think this experience is going to be painful. So, what are your pain management options? What are epidurals and spinals and when are they used? What additional medications help take the edge off while allowing you to stay mobile throughout labor and delivery?

star star star star i Top 10 Foods To Eat While Pregnant

We all know that eating healthy during pregnancy is important, but what are the most important foods to eat while pregnant? We’re breaking down the top 10 list of important foods your body needs and how to prepare them.

star star star star i The Bedrest Survival Guide

You’ve experienced some complications during your pregnancy, and suddenly, you’re on bedrest. But, does bedrest really work? Plus, what are some helpful tips to pass the time as you wait for your little one to arrive?

star star star star i Inducing Labor Naturally

You’ve reached the end of your pregnancy. Your due date has passed and still no baby. Fortunately, there are some safe non-invasive ways to give your baby a gentle nudge down the birth canal.

star star star star i The Natural Cesarean

With more babies being born by Cesarean section, a new movement is campaigning to create a more natural experience for both mom and baby. It’s known as the “Natural Cesarean” or “Family-Centered Cesarean”. But, is it right for you?

star star star star i The Hospital Delivery Room: What to Expect

You think you’re having contractions, so it’s off to the hospital you go! So, what should you expect when you arrive? At what point are you provided with a labor and delivery room? How many people will be caring for you as you await your baby’s big debut? And what typically happens after your baby is born?

star star star star i Signs Your Baby is Dropping During Pregnancy

As an expectant parent, there are so many terms to learn and new “feelings” to identify in pregnancy. What does the term “the baby has dropped” really mean? What does it feel like? How do you know what’s going on? And what does this mean for your labor and delivery? Learn more about the signs your baby has dropped in pregnancy.

star star star star i Delivering a Breech Baby

You were planning for a vaginal birth, but then you learn your baby is breech. Fetal position is often overlooked until late in the pregnancy, so what are your options? Should you try and get your baby to turn? Can you deliver a breech baby vaginally? What are the concerns for both mom and baby?

star star star star i Buying Maternity Clothes: New and Used

Your body is changing- growing belly, growing breasts- so your wardrobe is bound to change. Do you have to buy everything new? What about buying gently used clothing from second hand stores or borrowing from friends? Plus, we’ll discuss the benefits of renting maternity clothes that perfectly fit you during each trimester!

star star star star i Putting VBAC Risks into Perspective

Your first baby was born via c-section and with this time you’re hoping to have a vaginal birth, or VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). You may have heard about some of the risks, but what does it all actually mean? Are VBACs more risky than having a repeat c-section? What factors should you consider before making this big decision for both you and your baby?

star star star star i Making Sex Comfortable During Pregnancy

Sex during pregnancy is different for every woman. You may have a huge sex drive… or the thought of your partner giving you the entire bed while he sleeps on the couch may sound more appealing. If you do want to have sex, you may be concerned about your overall comfort? Is sex during pregnancy different than “regular sex”? What changes can you expect? What positions work best for a growing bump, and what should you avoid altogether? Yep, this one’s explicit.

star star star star i Pregnancy Forums: Cracking the Code of Acronyms

There are tons of pregnancy forums online. Finding these forums isn’t the hard part, but trying to understand what people are trying to say can be quite a challenge. Why are these forums full of acronyms? What are the most common acronyms used during pregnancy and what do they actually mean? We’re decoding this secret online language!

star star star star i Pampering Yourself During Pregnancy

Pregnant women usually experience symptoms such a extreme fatigue, body aches, and nausea. You may also be on your feet all day at work or at home running around as you care for your other children. Bottom line: the world isn’t going to stop simply because you’re pregnant. What can you do to pamper yourself a bit so you can enjoy the experience more? We’ve got some great ideas to help relieve stress and improve your physical and emotional well being.

star star star star i Choosing Your Health Care Provider: Pediatrician

You’re in the process of picking out your dream team when it comes to pregnancy and birthing your baby. But what about picking a pediatrician to help care for your baby? That’s right! Choosing your pediatrician is highly recommended prior to your baby’s birth! How do you find a pediatrician that’s right for your family? What important questions should you ask them? And what type of care can you expect shortly after delivering your baby?

star star star star i Eating While In Labor

Most women have been told not to eat anything while in labor, but why? What are the risks to both you and your baby. How do current guidelines vary for vaginal versus cesarean births? Today we’ll discuss why most medical providers restrict what you can eat and drink prior to the birth of your baby, and you’ll learn more about a new study indicating a light meal during labor can actually be helpful for low risk pregnancies.

star star star star i Switching Care Providers Mid-Pregnancy

You’re mid-pregnancy and you need to change your medical care provider. Eeek! So, what happens next? How do you tactfully “break-up” with your current provider and how do you (quickly) find someone new who can help you? What about transferring medical records and billing? Our heads are spinning just thinking about it!

star star star star i Preparing for Breastfeeding

You’re pregnant and you’re planning to breastfeed your baby. But, if you’ve never breastfed before, how will you know what to do? Should you take a breastfeeding class? How about visiting a breastfeeding support group? What can you expect to happen during those first few days after your baby is born? And what can you do in advance to prepare for any unexpected breastfeeding challenges?

star star star star i Creating a Calm Birth Environment

Whether you choose to birth in a hospital, birth center or home, there are small things you can do to help make your birth experience as calm and comfortable as possible. How can we tame our five senses so we can relax more easily? Can aromatherapy and essential oils help your labor progress faster? Does special lighting help with pain management? And can your favorite music playlist re-energize you for those last few pushes when baby is crowning?

star star star star i Creating Your Postpartum Plan

In addition to caring for an amazing newborn baby, your postpartum period will almost certainly bring more stress and challenges than you anticipated. Preparing a postpartum plan can help make this transition into parenthood a bit smoother. So, what should you consider when creating your postpartum plan? When should you create it, and who should be part of the process?

star star star star i Your Baby Registry: Bottles for Breastfed Babies

Planning your baby registry can seem a bit overwhelming. If you’re planning to breastfeed your baby, you may still want to add baby bottles to your list. How do you know what bottle is best for your baby? What should you know about the bottle size, style and the type of nipple? And what about all those baby bottle accessories?

star star star star i I’m Pregnant, Now What?

You’ve just peed on the stick and it’s positive. Now what? Most care providers will schedule your first prenatal appointment at the eight week mark. So, what are you supposed to do in the meantime? We’re answering some of the main questions you’ll have during this time, especially if this is your first baby.

star star star star i Managing Back Labor

You’ve heard of contractions during labor and delivery, but what about back labor? What exactly is back labor, what does it feel like and what causes it to happen? Plus, we’ve got tips on how to prevent it and methods to naturally manage it.

star star star star i Touring Your Hospital Before Delivery

It’s always a good idea to tour your hospital before you deliver your baby. Who typically gives these tours and what important information can you learn to improve your overall childbirth experience? Plus, learn how touring a hospital can benefit you if you’re planning to deliver at home or at a birth center.

star star star star i Fetal Non-Stress Tests During Pregnancy

There are many reasons you may need to have a fetal non-stress test, or NST, during your pregnancy. Perhaps your baby isn’t moving as much as before or perhaps you have a high risk pregnancy. So, how are these tests performed, and are there any risks to mom and baby? Also, what typically happens if the results are abnormal?

star star star star i Choosing Your Health Care Provider: Lactation Consultants

You’re planning to breastfeed your baby once he arrives. But what happens if your breastfeeding experience doesn’t happen as perfectly as you planned? How can a board-certified lactation consultant help you on your journey? What are some of the benefits in adding one to your team of health care providers? Plus, how to find a lactation consultant who best fits you and your breastfeeding needs.

star star star star i Childbirth Preparation Methods: Bini Birth

Bini Birth explores many different methods of childbirth, approaching birth as an individual process that each woman explores in her own way. Today we’ll hear from its creator Ana Paula Markel. What are the main principles behind this practice? What are the most effective ways to learn its principles? And what should you expect if you take a class?

star star star star i Common Bacterial Infections in Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, you can easily become a breeding ground for bacterial infections. Today we’re discussion some of the most common infections such as yeast infections, urinary tract infections, bacterial vaginosis and Group B Strep. How are these infections diagnosed and treated in pregnancy? Our panelists share their personal experience!

star star star star i Body Changes During Pregnancy: The Cervix

When you first find out you’re pregnant, you probably aren’t thinking much about your cervix. But this tiny organ is already preparing for your baby. It softens, lengthens, elongates, dilates, thins, and does all sorts of interesting things right up to the moment your baby is born. Learn more about what causes these changes and what it means for your labor and delivery experience!

star star star star i Fetal Development: The Third Trimester

You’ve just completed your second trimester, arguably the most comfortable and relaxing one. So, what should you expect during the third trimester? What developmental changes is your baby experiencing? How will your baby’s movements change during this time? When do they stop flipping around and stay in their birthing position?

star star star star i Choosing Your Health Care Provider: OB/GYNs

Thinking about adding an OB/GYN to your team of health care providers? What type of prenatal care can you expect to receive with an OB/GYN? What exactly is their role during the labor and delivery process? And how can you find an OB/GYN that best fits your goals outlined in your birth plan?

star star star star i 10 Pregnancy Questions (You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask)

There’s a lot of unknowns when it comes to being pregnant, and you may not be 100% comfortable asking your doctor all the questions you have buzzing around that pregnancy brain of yours. Will you really “poo” when you push? What’s happening with your boobs? And will you ever fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes again?

star star star star i What to Expect When Your Water Breaks

Your water breaks. What do you do now? It’s not always as dramatic as the movies make it out to be, but you should still be prepared. What can your amniotic fluid tell you about your baby? Why are babies usually delivered shortly after a mother’s water breaks? And what does T.A.C.O. have to do with it?

star star star star i Sleep During Pregnancy: Mental and Emotional Changes

We know sleep is important during pregnancy. Not getting enough can cause drastic changes both mentally and emotionally. What are some signs of sleep deprivation? How can you overcome sleep disorders while pregnant? Plus, simple tips to help you and baby get the restful sleep you deserve.

star star star star i Sleep During Pregnancy: Finding Comfort with a Growing Belly

Sleep is important throughout your pregnancy. But trying to get comfortable with a growing belly and all that pressure on your bladder can be tough. This episode explores various ways you can help your body relax so you and your baby can rest.

star star star star i Delayed Cord Clamping After Birth

Cutting your baby’s cord is a magical moment for many parents. But new studies suggest delaying the cutting of the cord could have multiple benefits. Learn more about the pros and cons to determine which option is best for you.

star star star star i Pregnancy in the Military

We all know the life of a military family can look completely different than a civilian. So, does that include pregnancy as well? What should you do when you first find out you’re pregnant? What resources are available to military families who are expecting? And what does maternity and paternity leave look like?

star star star star i Your Baby Registry: Breast Pumps

Breast is always best for your newborn baby. But, there may be times when you’re away from your baby and need some expressed breast milk. What types of breast pumps are available to you? We’ll explain the basic features so you can determine what to put on your baby registry.

star star star star i Stretch Marks 411

You’ve probably heard horror stories about stretch marks, right? But what exactly are stretch marks and what causes them? Do lotions, creams and other procedures really work? And is there any way to prevent them?

star star star star i Cervical Scar Tissue: A Cause of Preventable C-Sections

A scar is the body’s natural response to injury. Even our cervices can grow scar tissue. And that scarring may affect fertility, pregnancy and labor. Learn how to recognize the signs of having cervical scar tissue so you can take control of your birth experience.

star star star star i Choosing Your Health Care Provider: Postpartum Doulas

We’re continuing our series to help you choose the best health care providers for your birth. In this episode, we’ll explore the role of a postpartum doula. How can they help you after your baby is born and how can you find the right one for you?

star star star star i Body Changes During Pregnancy: Your Uterus

Your body experiences many changes throughout pregnancy. The uterus becomes 1000 times its normal size. Learn more about the uterus and how it protects your baby and helps it grow throughout pregnancy.

star star star star i Homeopathy and Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be stressful to a woman’s body and the health of the fetus. Learn how homeopathic medicines will help improve the health of the mother as well as the baby to assuring a more positive pregnancy experience.

star star star star i The Blessingway: A Baby Shower Alternative

The Blessingway ceremony is growing in popularity. This alternative to a baby shower is an opportunity for experienced moms to celebrate their pregnancy and the birth experience they plan to have with the people who love and support them the most.

star star star star i Choosing Your Health Care Provider: Midwives

We’re continuing our series to help you choose the best health care providers for your birth. In this episode, we’ll explore the role of a midwife. What are a midwife’s primary responsibilities and how can you find the right one for you?

star star star star i Childbirth Preparation Methods: Sacred Pregnancy

In today’s western cultures, the typical pregnancy focuses on the baby to the exclusion of the woman herself. Sacred Pregnancy helps the pregnant woman journey within herself to prepare for the birth of her baby.

star star star star i Fetal Development: The Second Trimester

Day by day, your baby is constantly growing inside you. This series breaks down how your unborn child is developing in the various trimesters. We continue our series with a look at what’s happening during the second trimester.

star star star star i Gestational Diabetes: Managing Your Blood Sugar

You’ve been diagnosed with having gestational diabetes, which means your body is having a more difficult time breaking down sugars while pregnant. What are best ways ways to keep this temporary form of diabetes under control?

star star star star i Body Changes During Pregnancy: The Placenta

Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy. This new series explores what’s happening within your body to help grow your baby and prepare you for motherhood. In this episode, we’ll focus on the placenta. What is it and what is its role during pregnancy?

star star star star i Announcing Your Pregnancy

Whether planned or a complete surprise, announcing your pregnancy is a big deal deal for many soon-to-be parents. When should you share the big news? Who should know first? How do you tell your parents? Plus, the big facebook debate.

star star star star i Managing Pregnancy Discomfort: Prenatal Massage

We’re continuing our series focused on natural ways to relieve pregnancy discomfort. In this episode, we’ll learn more about the benefits of prenatal massage. What should you expect from this type of therapy and how can it help you throughout your pregnancy?

star star star star i VBAC: The Risks and Benefits

Are you considering a vaginal birth after cesarean, also known as a VBAC? There are several factors that determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this type of birth. Today we’ll be discussing the risks and benefits of having a vaginal birth versus a repeat cesarean.

star star star star i Choosing Your Health Care Provider: Birth Doulas

We’re continuing our series which explores your options when choosing your health care providers. This episode focuses on birth and postpartum doulas? How can they help you have the birth you’ve always wanted? And how can they make those first few weeks after birth more enjoyable as well?

star star star star i Mocktail Recipes: Non-Alcoholic Pregnancy Drinks

When you’re pregnant, your options for “adult beverages” are limited. That’s when pregnant mamas turn to their favorite “mocktails”. Saavy, sophisticated drinks- minus the alcohol. Join us as we taste test some of the best recipes right in our studio!

star star star star i How To Know When You’re in Labor

Whether this is your first baby, or your fifth baby… every pregnancy is different so it may be difficult to tell if you are really in labor. What are some of the common “warning signs”? What’s the ideal way to count your contractions? And when should you leave home and head for the hospital?

star star star star i Resuming Your Sexual Relationship After Pregnancy

Well, you had sex to make a baby, but regaining that physical intimacy after birth may be harder than you think. What’s going on within in your body to either help or hinder the process?

star star star star i Fetal Development: The First Trimester

We’re kicking off a new series exploring how baby is developing in the first, second, third and even fourth trimester! In this episode, learn how your unborn child is growing during the first trimester- after you first find out you’re pregnant!

star star star star i Getting Pregnant: Common Fertility Treatments

We’re continuing our ongoing series focused on getting pregnant. In this episode, we provide an overview of your options to increase your chances of becoming pregnant after your doctor has diagnosed you with having issues with infertility.

star star star star i Ultrasounds During Pregnancy: What to Expect

An ultrasound is the first glimpse you’ll have of your new baby. What type of ultrasounds can you expect to have during a typical pregnancy? When are these screenings performed and where? Plus, what is the difference between a medical ultrasound and 3D/4D ultrasound?

star star star star i Maximizing Your Maternity and Postpartum Clothes

New parents have a lot of new expenses. And for first time moms, that may also include new maternity and postpartum clothes to accommodate their changing bodies. What are the essential items typically needed during this transitional phase? Are undergarments really that important? And how can you expand your wardrobe without drastically expanding your wallet? We’re broadcasting LIVE from the 2013 ABC Kids Expo and our experts have designed clothes to make you look and feel your very best!

star star star star i Managing Pregnancy Discomfort: Acupuncture

We’re continuing our series on ways to naturally manage common pregnancy discomforts. In this episode, you’ll learn more about the art of acupuncture, which is a safe, comfortable and cost effective treatment for many of the problems that commonly develop in pregnancy.

star star star star i Toxins and Pregnancy

Throughout your pregnancy, it’s important to be mindful of things which could negatively impact you or your unborn child- including toxins which are everywhere — from the air we breathe and the food we eat. So, what are the most important toxins to be concerned about?

star star star star i Childbirth Choices: Waterbirth

Thinking about giving birth in the water? Are waterbirths easier? Could it be harmful to the baby in any way? Get the real facts about waterbirths to decide if it’s the right labor method for you.

star star star star i Managing Pregnancy Discomfort: Physical Therapy

Pregnancy isn’t always comfortable. In this series, we’ll explore natural ways to overcome common discomforts. This first episode focuses on how you can use physically therapy to naturally remedy your aches and pains associated with pregnancy.

star star star star i Webster Technique for Turning Your Breach Baby

Your due date is quickly approaching and you just found out your baby is breach. The Webster Technique is one approach used by chiropractors that can help turn your baby around so you can have the vaginal birth you planned. Learn more about the process, the cost and what’s involved.

star star star star i Seeking Support: Miscarriage and Infant Loss

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. How can friends and loved ones support and encourage parents experiencing miscarriage and infant loss? How do you approach someone who recently miscarried their child when you are currently pregnant?

star star star star i Preventing Urinary Incontinence During Labor and Delivery

You’ve heard about women accidentally leaking urine after having a baby, but for some, the issue can be much more severe. We’re shedding light on an issue that’s commonly overlooked in the medical community, yet it has greatly impacted the lives of new mothers everywhere.

star star star star i Episiotomies, Tearing and Perineal Massage

If you plan to have a vaginal birth, you’ll need to know your options when it comes to episiotomies versus letting your body tear naturally. Plus, what exactly is perineal massage and how is it used to help ease your baby through the birth canal?

star star star star i Getting Pregnant: Basic Infertility Evaluation

We continue our series focused on getting pregnant. In this episode, what’s involved in a basic infertility evaluation? What exactly are medical providers looking for and what tests and exams are typically performed?

star star star star i Pregnancy Symptoms: The Last 20 Weeks

Congrats! You survived the first half of your pregnancy! The morning sickness is gone, but it will soon be replaced by common symptoms such as pinched nerves, swollen ankles and more trips to the bathroom. We’ve got some handy tips to help you through it.

star star star star i Pregnancy Symptoms: The First 20 Weeks

Sore breasts, back pain, heightened sense of smell, and more early signs of pregnancy. What can you expect during those first 20 weeks? And what are some simple steps to overcome the impact on both you and baby?

star star star star i Placenta Benefits After Childbirth

The placenta provides essential nourishment to your baby throughout pregnancy. But it has tremendous benefits to the mother during her postpartum care? What are your different options and how can it impact your overall health?

star star star star i Surviving the Summer Heat While Pregnant

The summer is sizzling, which can be tough to endure when you’re pregnant. We’ll discuss the importance of regulating your body’s temperature so that you and baby stay safe- and we’ll also explore some fun ways to keep cool during the hot summer months!

star star star star i Understanding Pregnancy Food Cravings and Aversions

You suddenly have an intense craving for certain foods that you must eat immediately. Or the opposite happens, and even the thought of certain foods or smells makes you want to lose your lunch. Why is our body acting so wacky?

star star star star i Pregnancy After Preemie: Reducing Premature Births

Are you pregnant or considering trying to get pregnant after having a previous premature birth? What are your odds for having another preemie baby? Are there ways to overcome these risk factors so you can carry your baby full term?

star star star star i Advanced Maternal Age: Pregnancy After 35

When a woman becomes pregnant past the age of 35, she is considered to be of advanced maternal age. But, what exactly does that mean? And what type of effects can age have on the health of your unborn child?

star star star star i The Expectant Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy

Happy Father’s Day to all our new and expecting dads! In this episode, an all-dad panel discuss what pregnancy is like from the partner’s point-of-view. Also, what can you do to better bond with the baby and be supportive during labor and delivery?

star star star star i Babymoons: Planning Your Pregnancy Vacation

Need some time to getaway before the baby arrives? Babymoons are a great way to savor your freedom while celebrating your future! But, when should you travel? What can you do? And what should you expect?

star star star star i Healing from an Unwanted Cesarean

Unfortunately, the perfect birth plan we picture in our minds unravels during labor and delivery leading to serious medical intervention, such as a cesarean. How do you begin to heal from this unexpected turn of events and learn to embrace your birth experience?

star star star star i Pregnancy Exercises: Running While Pregnant

Running while pregnant seems to be a controversial subject amongst many non-runners. But running can be quite beneficial for you and your baby. In this episode, we’ll hear from moms who safely ran throughout their pregnancies.

star star star star i Safe Travel During Pregnancy

Does your job require you to travel? Or perhaps you’ve planned a special vacation? What are doctor’s recommendations when it comes to travel during pregnancy? We’ll explore factors to consider whether you’re traveling by land, air or sea.

star star star star i Baby-Friendly Hospitals and Birthing Centers

Baby-friendly hospitals and birthing centers encourage breastfeeding and bonding between mother and baby. What does it take to earn this important distinction and how can you find a baby-friendly hospital or birthing center in your area?

star star star star i Getting Pregnant: Ovulation, Fertilization and Implantation

You already know the basics of baby making, but medically-speaking, the process of getting pregnant is nothing short of a miracle. Learn more about how ovulation occurs, the amazing race to fertilize the egg and how that union transforms into your child.

star star star star i Five Tips to Prevent “Pregnancy Brain”

With all the extra hormones racing through our bodies, it’s a wonder we can remember our own names. We call it “pregnancy brain”. So, what exactly is happening within the body to trigger this? Plus, what are five great tips to help stay on track- and sharp as a tack!

star star star star i Understanding Pregnancy Hormones

Severe morning sickness, drastic mood changes and unexplainable changes in your physical appearance. These are just some of the “benefits” of your pregnancy hormones. But besides all the side effects, what were these hormones created to do and how do they assist you throughout your pregnancy?

star star star star i Blood Type, Rh Factor and Pregnancy

Blood types plays an important role during pregnancy. It’s even possible for your blood type to be incompatible with your unborn child. What determines your baby’s blood type and Rh factor? How do you know if you’re incompatible? And how could that impact pregnancy and your labor and delivery?

star star star star i Pregnancy When You Already Have Children

Being pregnant with your first child is much different than subsequent pregnancies. Your body tells you to rest, but your kids demand 100% of your attention, not to mention the possibility of jealousy as your belly gets bigger. So, how can you keep the harmony and still make time to enjoy your pregnancy?

star star star star i Precipitous Labor: Preparing for Short Labor

When we think about labor and delivery, most women are concerned about it lasting for hours and hours. But what if the exact opposite happens and your labor lasts three hours or less from start to finish? How can you be better prepared?

star star star star i Dealing with Gender Disappointment

You “ordered” one gender, but got the other. You’re upset, and you’re also feeling guilty about being upset. We get it! In this episode… four honest and open moms share their struggles with gender disappointment.

star star star star i Pregnancy Exercises: Babywearing and Stroller Workout

Exercise can be a challenge if you already have young children, so we not bring them along and include them! Learn how wearing your baby and pushing a stroller can give you a complete cardio and resistance-training workout!

star star star star i High-Risk Pregnancy: What to Expect

Your pregnancy is called high-risk if you or your baby has an increased chance of developing a health problem. What are some of these risk factors? And what type of treatment can you expect to receive with a high-risk pregnancy?

star star star star i Pregnancy Exercises: Prenatal Yoga

Discover the physical and mental benefits of prenatal yoga during pregnancy, which yoga poses are safe when you’re pregnant, and how to do yoga safely.

star star star star i Childbirth Preparation Methods: The Alexander Technique

The ability to experience childbirth with ease, control and effectiveness- that’s what the Alexander Technique is all about. Learn more about this method which not only helps during labor and delivery, but is used by professionals all over the world.

star star star star i Miscarriage and Stillbirth: Dealing with Loss

A baby’s death, whenever or however it occurs, is a profound loss. What are some of the best ways to deal with this loss? What type of support is available to help you and your family heal from this unfortunate situation?

star star star star i Top 10 Reasons to Breastfeed

You’ve heard “breast is best”, but what exactly are the benefits to breastfeeding your baby? We’ll give you 10 reasons to help keep you motivated and increase your chance of success!

star star star star i Sex and Pregnancy

Let’s face it- sex is different when you’re pregnant. Your body is going through many changes and you may feel more or less sexual depending on your situation. How do you handle sex and pregnancy with your partner? Plus, a candid conversation about how you can make sex more enjoyable.

star star star star i Childbirth Preparation Methods: The Bradley Method

If your partner wants to play an active role in your labor and delivery- then The Bradley Method may be a perfect choice for you! Learn more about this popular technique and how it can help ease your childbirth experience.

star star star star i VBAC or Repeat C-Section?

Your decision to have a VBAC or repeat cesarean is important. This episode will help inform you so you can understand the trade-offs, and weigh your own values and concerns so that you can come to a decision that is best for you and baby.

star star star star i Childbirth Preparation Methods: Lamaze

We’re continuing our ongoing series on the different types of childbirth preparation methods. In this episode, we’ll explore the Lamaze technique and it helps expectant mothers to prepare psychologically and physically to give birth without the use of drugs.

star star star star i Becoming a Surrogate Mother

You’re passionate about helping other families, so you’re considering surrogacy. What should you expect to happen? What are the rules and recommended guidelines for becoming a surrogate mother? How can you ensure the best possible outcome for everyone involved?

star star star star i The Stages of Labor

There are three main stages of labor during childbirth. What typically happens during each stage and how can you be better prepared?

star star star star i Protecting Your Pelvic Floor

Prior to having your first baby, you may have never heard of a pelvic floor. But this area of your body is part of your core, and it will play a large role in your labor and delivery. Learn how you can strengthen these muscles and protect it for years to come.

star star star star i Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy

More than 80% of pregnant women are significantly deficient in Vitamin D. How does this vitamin impact your growing baby and how can you increase your Vitamin D levels?

star star star star i Childbirth Choices: Unassisted Childbirth

You’re considering a non-traditional birth, but is an unassisted childbirth in your future? Learn what happens without the assistance of a medical or professional birth attendant.

star star star star i Saving Money During Pregnancy

Planning and saving for a new baby can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know exactly what you’ll need. We’ll reveal some practical ways to preserve your wallet and help you save money during pregnancy.

star star star star i Body Changes During Pregnancy: Your Breasts

There are many changes your breasts experience as your body prepares to nourish your little one. We’ll break down the stages and give you a better idea of what to expect during the next nine months.

star star star star i Your Natural Guide to Childbirth (featuring Ina May Gaskin)

For many pregnant women in the world, giving birth without medical intervention is simply a way of life. However, here in the US, more and more women are choosing to give birth naturally and having great success.

star star star star i Pregnancy Weight Gain: What To Expect

Gaining weight during pregnancy is inevitable. However, the amount of weight you gain could make the difference between a healthy pregnancy, and one that’s more complicated. However, the amount of weight you gain could make the difference between a healthy pregnancy, and one that’s more complicated.

star star star star i Creating a Successful Birth Plan

Whether you’re giving birth naturally, or planning for an epidural, it’s all starts with having a birth plan. Making these decisions in advance will help you create the best birth experience possible.