Q&A: Homeopathy & Arnica Montana

Arnica Montana
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“I was wondering if you have found any research on the use of Arnica Montana for post-partum pain, efficacy, risks or dosing pre or post delivery? I have not been able to find anything related to birth on this.  Thank you again!” – Myriah

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64: Tdap Vaccine

Tdap Vaccine

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Episode 64 Content and Overview

A vaccine is created by taking a weakened or killed form of a disease causing micro-organism that causes your body to produce antibodies against that organism and provide immunity without actually inducing the disease. Vaccines are a very controversial topic and this episode is an introduction to what vaccines are and gets into specifics on the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy. In addition to different types of vaccines, there are many ingredients that can be included in vaccines to serve a particular function like increasing your immune response or as a byproduct of the processing. Tdap is one of two vaccines recommended during pregnancy that provides immunity for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Get the benefits and risks of getting the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy so you can make an informed decision on whether it is right for you.

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Q&A: Protein During Pregnancy (Soy & Protein Powder)

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“I wanted to ask about soy during pregnancy.  I read it can cause problems so I’ve been staying away while TTC, but I know protein is important during pregnancy and I am vegan, so it’s a bit more challenging for me to get protein.  During my first pregnancy I loved tofu as a snack– is this okay in moderation?” – Andrea

“I am currently 21 weeks pregnant. I started this pregnancy overweight and I would like to avoid gaining more than 25 pounds if possible. I’ve just started to walk about 30 during my lunch breaks but I’m a little overwhelmed when it comes to my diet. I know I need to incorporate more fruits and veggies but I didn’t realize that we also need to up our protein intake. Would it be safe to have a protein shake as one of my 5-6 meals? If so, what brands would you recommend? I read that both IdealLean and Vega brands are good, but I’m not sure what I am looking for ingredients wise. I plan on asking my OB but would like your insight on this as well.” – Natacha

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63: Get a Head Start on Parenting

Get a Head Start on Parenting

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Episode 63 Content and Overview

The first year of your baby’s life goes by so fast and so much of your focus is on sleeping, breastfeeding, eating, and just adjusting to your new role as a parent who is responsible for another human. The transition from baby to toddler happens so quickly and suddenly you have a child who is walking and talking and your focus goes from not just making sure they are well taken care of and healthy, but also, how do you raise them to be smart, respectful, creative, confident, and happy individuals? I recently came across a podJen Lumanlancast that is going to help you in your parenting journey. From the first episode I listened to I knew that I had to get in touch with the host and get her on the Pregnancy Podcast.

Jen Lumanlan is mom to her two-year old daughter Carys, is working on her Masters in psychology with a focus on child development, and she is the host of the Your Parenting Mojo podcast.  Jen has outstanding research skills and each episode of her podcast is filled with evidence based information you can use on your parenting journey.

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Q&A: Is a Home Doppler Safe?

Doppler
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“I know one thing some women have done to relieve their stress after having losses is buy a home Doppler.  But is this safe?  I know you don’t recommend any extra ultrasounds, is this considered an ultrasound?” – Andrea

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62: Vaginal Exams

Vaginal Exams

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Episode 62 Content and Overview

Third trimester starts in week 28 and appointments with your care provider increase to every two weeks. The last month of your pregnancy you will be seeing your doctor or midwife weekly. Vaginal exams can be recommended during your pregnancy in the last few weeks leading up to your birth, and during your labor. The question is, are they really necessary and will you benefit from the results? Vaginal exams have become a routine, but questions about what the results show, the risks involved, and the psychological effects of the results have some expecting moms questioning whether they want to opt in to these procedures. Find out what is involved during a vaginal exam, how the results are interpreted, and what the results mean for you and your baby. This episode presents all of the research and evidence to help you make an informed decision about vaginal exams.

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