Episode 5: The Third Trimester

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Episode 5 Content and Overview

Welcome to the third and last trimester!  The third trimester goes from weeks 28 until your baby’s birth.  Your pregnancy is measured in forty weeks, but some babies like to hang out in your belly a little longer and can go a week or two past their due date.  If you are in your third trimester, congratulations, you are in the home stretch until you get to meet your little guy or girl.  This trimester can be a bit challenging as your belly keeps growing and you have some new symptoms as a result of carrying around more weight and you may also find yourself anxious to have your baby and ready to be done being pregnant.  Keep in mind, you are almost at the finish line and when you get to meet your baby all of the hoopla that came along with being pregnant is 100% worth it, so hang in there!

Included in This Episode
  • Watch your baby kick
  • Back issues and other common ailments and how you can get some relief
  • Your appointments with your care provider
  • Varicose veins, spider veins, and stretch marks
  • How your cervix is measured
  • Spinning Babies website
  • All of the progress your baby is making before their debut into the world

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Episode 4: The Second Trimester

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Episode 4 Content and Overview

Everything you can expect during the second trimester (weeks 13 to 27) of your pregnancy.  The second trimester is also known as the golden trimester.  For many women this is their favorite trimester and the period of their pregnancy that they enjoy the most.  You should overall be feeling better and have a lot more energy.  The second trimester brings on a ton of physical changes.  These 15 weeks are also a major period of growth and development for your baby.  You will get to find out if you are having a boy or a girl and also be able to feel the baby kicking.  This episode gets into more specifics on the physical changes you can expect to see, changes to your sex drive, maternity clothes, Braxton Hicks contractions, stretch marks, and everything going on with baby.

Included in This Episode
  • Your baby bump and other physical changes during the second trimester
  • Changes to your sex drive
  • Maternity Clothes
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Stretch Marks
  • All the developments your baby goes through in the second trimester

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Episode 3: The First Trimester

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Episode 3 Content and Overview

Everything you can expect and what to do to thrive during the first trimester of your pregnancy.  This 12 weeks will probably be the biggest adjustment period for you as you get used to the idea of being pregnant, make some lifestyle changes, and deal with all of the physical and emotional changes that are going on.  The first 12 weeks are also a major period of growth and development for your baby.  You may not see a whole lot going on outside during the first trimester but you will definitely be able to tell there is a whole lot going on internally, and emotionally.  We get into more specifics on morning sickness, hormones, baby’s development, common symptoms, and how you can get some relief from some of the not so fun side effects of being pregnant.

Included in This Episode
  • Hormones: hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), estrogen and progesterone
  • Morning Sickness
  • Other common symptoms and how to find some relief
  • Listen to Episode 2 for more information on Prenatal Care
  • All the developments your baby goes through in the first 12 weeks
  • Listen to Episode 1 for more information on everything you need to know from the start

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Episode 2: Prenatal Care

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Episode 2 Content and Overview

Prenatal care, what is it? We get into what it is and why it is way more than just showing up to your doctor’s appointments. You can expect to have somewhere around 14 appointments throughout your entire pregnancy.  So on 14 days you will see a doctor or a midwife, that’s it.  For the other 260 some days that you are pregnant it is just you and the baby.  You, as the final decision maker, are the biggest influence on your little one.

Included in This Episode
  • What is prenatal care
  • The best way to make sure you and baby stay healthy
  • What you should not be eating was covered in Episode 1
  • Your different care options and who does what
  • When you have checkups with a health provider
  • Everything you can expect at your appointments

 

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Episode 1: I’m Pregnant. Now what?

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Episode 1 Content and Overview

In this episode we will discuss what the heck you are supposed to do and what changes you may need to make once you find out you are pregnant.  This brings you up to speed on everything you should know from the start.

Included in This Episode
  • What you need to know before you run out and tell everyone
  • Cutting out major bad habits and cleaning up your lifestyle
  • Why you need to be taking a prenatal vitamin (See my recommendation on the Resources page)
  • How to get the scoop on your health insurance
  • What foods and activities you should avoid and/or moderate

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Episode 0: Introduction

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Episode 0 Content and Overview

In this short episode you get a quick introduction and a rundown of everything you can expect from Vanessa Merten and the Pregnancy Podcast.  This introduction explains why the Pregnancy Podcast is 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 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”.  The Pregnancy Podcast is here to help you navigate all the crazy awesomeness that is pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent!

Included in This Episode
  • Introduction
  • Read more about me and why I felt compelled to launch this podcast on the About page
  • New episodes will be released at 3:30 a.m. Eastern time, once a week, every Sunday
  • Short Q&A episodes are released every Wednesday at 3:30 a.m. Eastern time
  • You can always contact me at vanessa@PregnancyPodcast.com anytime, or by clicking here
  • Find out what is going on with you and your baby this week on the 40 Weeks Podcast
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  • Twitter
  • Google+

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