58: Skin to Skin Contact

Skin to Skin Contact

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Episode 58 Content and Overview

No matter what type of birth you have, the most important thing after your baby is born is that you get skin to skin with your baby. Skin to skin means that your baby is not swaddled or clothed and their bare skin is placed belly down against your bare chest. Being skin to skin stabilizes your baby’s heart rate, breathing and temperature, and reduces stress in both you and your baby. It also increases your interactions with your baby and increases the likelihood and length of breastfeeding. The benefits of skin to skin contact for both you and your baby are well documented.

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Q&A: Postpartum Healing Pads (Padsicles)


“Hey Vanessa, thank you for the podcast, it is helping me feel so prepared for my baby girl due in December! I want to make some padsicles and I know you have mentioned them before but there are so many recipes out there. I don’t know which one to use or which ingredients are safe. Can you recommend a recipe?” –Jane

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  • Padsicle supplies:
  • Padsicle directions:
    • Fill up the spray bottle with witch hazel
    • Extra Add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil or any additional ingredients
    • Open up the pad and spread a thin layer of aloe vera gel on it with your hands or a butter knife
    • Spray the pad with your witch hazel mixture (don’t soak it)
    • Wrap pads in aluminum foil so they don’t stick together
    • Put them in a ziplock bag in the freezer
    • Bonus: set them in a large mixing bowl so they have a curved shape to them
    • Keep the mixture in the spray bottle to use as a postpartum soothing spray
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57: Choosing a Pediatrician

Choosing a Pediatrician

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Episode 57 Content and Overview

Choosing a pediatrician can be a stressful event, but it doesn’t have to be. You have two options when it comes to picking a doctor for your baby; a pediatrician or a family physician or general practitioner. The upside to a pediatrician is that they are specially trained in providing care for newborns, babies, and toddlers. A pediatrician is your trusted partner in your baby’s health. Together you ensure your baby is growing and developing on track and if there is any deviation from the norm you work together to figure out what is going on what is going on and how to treat it. A pediatrician will monitor your child’s growth and development and be there in the event your baby’s health is not optimal. This episode gives you tips to choose a pediatrician and lets you know what you can expect from your doctor visits with your new baby.

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  • Pediatrician vs family doctor
  • Frequency of appointments
  • When you should you start looking for a pediatrician
  • Referrals for choosing a pediatrician
  • American Board of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Specialized training
  • Location
  • Interviewing doctors when choosing a pediatrician
  • Questions you should ask:
    • How long have you been in practiceWhat is your childcare/breastfeeding/circumcision/alternative medicine/vaccine/etc. philosophy?
    • Do you have children?
    • Are you part of a group practice?
    • How long is a typical appointment?
    • How are emergencies handled?
    • What is your policy on calling in or emailing with questions?
    • Is there a separate waiting area for sick kids?
    • How long does it take to get an appointment?
    • Are there separate well-baby and sick-baby waiting rooms?
    • How do I reach you if my child gets sick after hours?
  • Visiting a pediatrician office
  • Getting in touch with your pediatrician after your baby is born
  • Changing your pediatrician
  • Your Birth Plan book
  • Get the weekly Pregnancy Podcast newsletter
  • Join the Pregnancy Podcast Community on Facebook
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Q&A: Cabbage Leaves


“Hi Vanessa, I am 33 weeks pregnant with my first baby, and I have pretty bad swelling in my hands. My doctor has ruled out preeclampsia and other major concerns, thank goodness, and recommended going for a swim to relieve the fluid pressure on my wrists, or placing dry, clean cabbage leaves on them. I have tried to find info about why cabbage leaves work and it seems to be a pretty universal remedy, especially for enforced breasts postpartum. What’s up with cabbage leaves? Do they have magical properties or is it simply a popular placebo? Any info you have would be greatly appreciated! And thanks for your amazing podcast! I feel so well informed about what is happening with my body and my baby and parents in my antenatal classes actually asked me if I was a nurse because I knew so much! I told them to check you out. Thanks again!!” – Alana

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56: Pregnancy Dental Care

Pregnancy Dental Care

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Episode 56 Content and Overview

Dental care during your pregnancy may not be the most glamorous topic but it is an important one. Your body does some wacky things when you are pregnant and this also applies to your mouth. There are some dental issues you may experience during your pregnancy and this episode talks about what those are, why they are important, and what you can do to prevent issues and keep your mouth healthy during your pregnancy. It can also be confusing as to whether routine things like cleanings and x-rays are okay, and some not routine procedures like cavity fillings or root canals. Find out what the recommendation is for dentist visits, cleanings, x-rays, medications, and dental procedures. Listen to this episode for everything you need to know to keep your beautiful smile healthy during your pregnancy.

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