Q&A: Fentanyl

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“I absolutely love your podcast! I’ve been listening for a few months and am now 36 weeks pregnant, the end is (somewhat) near! Your podcast has really helped me through many questions as a first time mama and helped me to get my birth plan together. I’m planning to go all natural, I really wanted a home birth, but we live on a smaller rural island quite a distance from a hospital and midwives will not attend births where we live. So I’m headed to a hospital, with a doula.  I often hear how ‘crazy’ I am to want to have a natural birth, recently it was suggested to me that if I’m really in need of some relief to try for Fentanyl rather than an epidural. This mama had gotten both, so I’m not sure how much relief it really gave her. My understanding is that you can’t have it too close to delivery, but other than that I haven’t heard anything about it.  What kind of effects does it have? Is there any studies on it causing further interventions? Risks and so on? Many thanks!” – Courtney

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54: Zika

Zika

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Episode 54 Content and Overview

The infection caused by the Zika virus normally isn’t a big deal. The issue is not a risk to you, even if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the risk is that it can be passed to your baby and cause some pretty serious complications. If you live in an area where the virus is not reported and neither you or your partner have traveled to any Zika affected areas you should have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately the virus is spreading, and now it isn’t just being transmitted by mosquitos but it is also being transmitted sexually. This episode dives into what the Zika virus is, how you can get it, how it can affect your baby, and how you can best protect yourself from getting the virus.

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Q&A: Prenatal Yoga

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“Hi Vanessa, I have a question about doing yoga while pregnant: I’ve been practicing yoga for over 15 years. Living in northern New England, nearly all of the yoga classes I attend are heated to some degree. Most studios list a 5-10 degree temperature range for each class (e.g. 75-80 degrees, 85-95 degrees, 110-115 degrees, etc). While I tend to avoid the hottest bikram-style classes, I’m wondering what temperature range is safe for an expecting yogini? I’ve also read that the mama-to-be’s internal temperature is a more telling indicator rather than the external temperature – do you know there’s any truth to this? Any input or guidance you can offer would be much appreciated!” – Sarah

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53: Traveling While Pregnant

Traveling While Pregnant

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Episode 53 Content and Overview

Traveling can be a challenge even when you are not pregnant. Traveling can be a big part of our lives from taking a trip for work, to visiting family, to taking vacations. With a few exceptions traveling while pregnant is no different than traveling when you are not expecting. The key is planning ahead. Whether you are hopping in a car for a road trip, getting on a train, or flying to another country this episode goes through some tips to stay healthy and be as comfortable as possible while traveling when you are expecting.

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Q&A: Pregnancy & Hair Dye

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“I was wondering what you think of getting some color in your hair whilst pregnant. I’m not dying my whole hair, just getting some blonde through it. My hairdresser said it’s no problem for pregnancy, as the dye won’t even touch the scalp. I have read a few articles, but would love your opinion. Thanks!” – Nicky

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52: Breech Baby & External Cephalic Version

Breech Baby & ECV

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Your baby starts out with a lot of room to move around in the beginning of your pregnancy, and as they get bigger they have less room to move around. Ideally before birth your little one is positioned head-down, facing your back, with their chin tucked to their chest and the back of their head ready to enter your pelvis. Most babies settle into this position within weeks 32-36. In some cases a baby is not head down and is bottom first rather than head first, and this is referred to as breech. There is a procedure called an external cephalic version that may be able to assist your baby turn in the right position, so they are head down, before you go into labor. This episode is going to go into some causes of breech babies, what the complications of a breech vaginal birth can be, and all of the pros, cons, and research on the ECV procedure.

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