About Vanessa Merten & Pregnancy Podcast
Hello! I’m Vanessa, and I’m here to support expecting moms (and partners, too!) with evidence-based information to navigate the awesome adventure of pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent.
After finding out I was pregnant in December 2013, I kind of freaked out. Don’t get me wrong – I was really excited!! – but also freaked out. After doing some initial research on what this whole pregnancy and parenting thing was all about, I realized I was in over my head. I would spend HOURS combing through websites, blog posts, books – anything and everything – looking for information I could trust, and that would help me make informed decisions about my pregnancy. Sound familiar?
After nine months of frantic searching, Reef was born, and looking back on it all, I realized just how much time I spent consuming all that info. It was really tough to find legitimate, evidence-based sources, gather information, and analyze everything all by myself. It was like I would read one thing one day, then another thing another day… how was I supposed to know which was the right thing for me? That’s why I created the Pregnancy Podcast – it’s the tool I wish I had when I was expecting. Going through all of the education and research I did in an effort to help me make evidence-based informed, confident decisions about my pregnancy, giving birth, and being a parent inspired me to create a SINGLE resource for other expecting parents who feel overwhelmed, scared, misinformed, frustrated or anxious about “what’s next.”
Since the launch of this podcast, I have been through a second pregnancy, and on New Year’s Eve of 2017, I welcomed my baby girl, Isla, to the world. As I sit here today, I am truly proud of the hard work I put into making informed and evidence-based decisions. I have two beautiful children and a happy, healthy family, and I know my informed decisions play a key part in that.
With The Pregnancy Podcast, I provide info that goes way beyond the typical “pregnancy instruction manual” by sharing research-backed, evidence-based information. Once in a while, I bring on an expert to talk about a particular topic. I craft every episode to give you all of the evidence, research, pros, cons, risks, and benefits – all so you decide what the best option is for YOU and feel confident about your decisions during your pregnancy and beyond.
The Pregnancy Podcast is a resource to help you make informed decisions about your pregnancy and your baby and a place where you can rest assured that you’ll find real solutions that are in line with your family and your lifestyle. Ready to get started? To make it easier I recommend starting here.
My baby girl, Isla, was born on New Year’s Eve, 2017. Thankfully, I had the Pregnancy Podcast and thousands of hours of research to guide me through this pregnancy and birth. You can listen to Isla’s birth story here.