Expecting? We’ve Been Expecting You
Hello! I’m Vanessa Merten, and I’ve been supporting expecting moms and partners with evidence-based information and resources to healthily and safely navigate pregnancy, birth, and newborn parenting since 2015.
With Over 150 Episodes of The Pregnancy Podcast in the Itunes store, available for free, I’ve created tons of valuable content for you.
To make things easier, I recommend you start with the following.
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A Step by Step Guide to Creating and Writing Your Birth Plan
This book walks you through step-by-step, showing you exactly how to create a birth plan that will lay the foundation for the birth experience you want. You will find short sections with evidence based information to help you decide what your preferences are from the time you start labor until you are home with your baby. There are sample plans for everything from a home birth to a planned cesarean and everything in between, so no matter what type of birth you are planning this book has you covered. Plus, the master template includes everything you could include in your birth plan and it is super quick and easy to customize it to fit your preferences.
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By the time you’re finished with this book:
You will be educated about everything that can impact your labor and birth.
You will be on the same page as your care provider, your partner, and anyone else who will be by your side when you give birth.
You will be confident in the decisions that you are making, and confident that you can create the birth experience you want.
You’ll also be prepared for whatever happens on the magical day that you get to meet your baby – even if things do not go exactly as you envision.
Your Birth Plan gives you the tools you need to prepare for your birth and be in control of your experience and the way in which your baby enters the world.
Birth plan template and samples included.
What people are saying…
“Before I read Your Birth Plan my husband and I were both terrified of birth and now we are prepared, ready, and excited about it.” – Lauren
“I spent hours looking at sample birth plans online and was so frustrated I was ready to give up on writing my own plan. I found your book and it was exactly what I needed. Thank you! – Alexis
“I had a good idea of what I wanted in my plan but I couldn’t come up with the right wording and it was three pages long. Thanks to the template in the book I cut it down to one page, reviewed it with my doctor, and am 100% ready to have my baby.” – Emily
Have a question about the Your Birth Plan book? Contact Vanessa.
These resources are must haves! All products are items I swear by and have used or am currently using. Note: some of the links on this page may be affiliate links. If you have any specific questions about the products or services listed I would happy to chat about my experience with them. Please feel free to email me at vanessa@pregnancy podcast.com or contact me by clicking here.
Motherhood Maternity is the best resource for maternity clothes. There are some staples you will need for your pregnancy like jeans, leggings, and tops, plus they have an awesome selection of super cute maternity clothes for work and even dressier outfits for all of those holiday events coming up. I shopped here during both of my pregnancies and was really happy with the selection, quality, and the prices. I know it can overwhelming to think about not fitting into anything in your closet. It is 100% worth it to invest in maternity clothes because you are going to be so much more comfortable and the clothing is made specifically for pregnancy, which means it will have room for your growing belly and fit you well.
The Evenflo EveryStage car seat is an infant seat, convertible, and booster all in one and it has 10 different positions that will keep your baby or older child safe and comfortable. Evenflo’s EasyClick latch system makes it so easy to install and move it from one car to another. When it comes to car seats safety is a huge priority for me and this seat allows kids to be rear facing longer. The EveryStage car seat is well made, safe, and so easy to use. This is the only car seat you will ever need. Click here to check out the Evenflo EveryStage car seat and get a promo code to save 10%.
Mommy Steps makes insoles specifically for pregnancy. I use these everyday and love them! They have insoles for athletic shoes and ones for flats or boots. You can even heat them in your oven and mold them to your own feet to make you more comfortable and to prevent foot issues during pregnancy. Mommy Steps is offering an exclusive 20% off for listeners of the Pregnancy Podcast. Click here to check them out and enter the promo code FEET when you checkout.
Aeroflow is a company that helps you get a breast pump through your health insurance. There can be some hoops to jump through to get a breast pump through your insurance but Aeroflow does all of this for you and makes it so easy. All you need to do is fill out a form that takes just a minute. Aeroflow will contact your health insurance company, get the necessary paperwork from your doctor or midwife, then they will get in touch with you to help you choose the right breast pump. Click here to get started.
Want a great prenatal vitamin that has DHA? Zahler makes a really high quality vitamin that contains DHA. This is an excellent option if you want to knock out your prenatal vitamin and your omega 3s in one.
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Want a complete template you can customize for the birth you want? I created the Your Birth Plan book as a step by step guide that makes creating and writing your birth plan super easy!
Your Birth Plan includes: explanations of everything you can include with all of your options, a complete template you can customize to your preferences, and sample plans for a home birth to a planned cesarean, and everything in between.
Amazon is my go to resource to buy everything. Creating a baby registry on Amazon is a no brainer. You can have gifts shipped directly to you, which is great for out of town family and friends. You also get a 15% completion discount, anything you buy on your registry after your due date is 15% off. Everything you could possibly need for your little one is on Amazon and the reviews make selecting the right products super easy.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding covers everything about breastfeeding! It is a fantastic guide and a great reference tool you will use over and over again. Definitely a must read to have a successful breastfeeding relationship with your baby.
Considering a natural birth? Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is full of encouragement and practical advice to help you be prepared for an unmedicated birth. Ina May Gaskin is an invaluable resource for minimizing medical interventions and having a natural childbirth.
I went on a mission to eliminate chemicals from my home and use more natural cleaning products. I am a big fan of The Honest Company and their products are really effective, non-toxic, and eco-friedly. I use just about everything from the laundry detergent and stain remover, to dish soap and the multi-surface cleaner.
Building up a stash of milk? These are the best breast milk storage bags. I have used them for more than a year. They work great in the fridge and especially for frozen milk. I have used hundreds of these (I but up quite a sock in my freezer) and have had no issues.
Leaking happens. These washable nursing pads are life savers! They work great in the event you do leak milk and they are super comfortable to wear. No special care instructions just pop them in the washer and dryer with your regular laundry.
The Honest Company delivers diapers and wipes right to your door. On top of being convenient, they do not have any harsh chemicals, are bio-degradable, and they come in adorable prints. Did I mention my son has never had a diaper rash? These diapers are the best, I highly recommend them!
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