Pea in the Podcast is a podcast program dedicated to guiding and nurturing you through each stage of your pregnancy. Join other moms-to-be and the experts including doctors, midwives, doulas and authors as we guide you through each week of your pregnancy. In addition, we have gone in-depth on a range of pregnancy topics to bring you the latest news and information to make sure you make the most of this incredible journey to motherhood!
Yes, most of you CAN do it, and some of you will really, really want to. Like, all of the time. Bonnie Petrie spoke with the sexologist who co-authored Your Orgasmic Pregnancy: Little Sex Secrets Every Hot Mama Should Know about how to really enjoy this time with your partner.
We'll hear from several moms who have made through the first 3 months of parenthood and lived to tell about it, and an expert in helping new moms take care of themselves, she'll give you some advice. And we'll go in-depth with an expert in post-partum depression. It's Baby Boot camp Taking Care of You, in this Pea in the Podcast. We spend some time talking about SIDS, and the latest recommendations about how to decrease the risk to your baby. There's a lot you need to know, and we have it all for you here.
Believe it or not, they let you leave the hospital with your baby without a manual, so we've put together one for you. In this Pea in the Podcast, Bonnie Petrie speaks with a noted pediatrician about what to expect from the moment your baby exits your body. She talks about the unexpected way your baby may look in the first few moments of life, she talks about nursing and jaundice and circumcision and diapers and colic and the caring for the cord stump and much more. She also spends some time talking about SIDS, and the latest recommendations about how to decrease the risk to your baby. There's a lot you need to know, and we have it all for you here.
What's in a name? A LOT! Your baby's name will, in many ways, define them, and you don't want to choose it lightly. Bonnie Petrie speaks with a baby naming expert who has many ideas about how to choose a name your baby will be proud of, and how to avoid the pitfalls that have led lesser parents to name their kids things like ESPN. No, really. ESPN. Jennifer Moss at Babynames.com is our expert in this Pea in the Podcast.
We may be pregnant, but we still want to be pretty, right? Bonnie Petrie talks with the owner of a wellness spa just for pregnant women about how to keep your hair and skin gorgeous when hormones are trying to destroy you! She also talks with a prenatal yoga instructor and massage therapist about how to feel good as your body changes to accommodate another human being.
Can you clean the litter box? Can you have sushi? Can you fly? Should you exercise? Can you take a hot bath? How ?bout your coffee habit? Do you need to break it? Bonnie Petrie spoke with the author of the book The Panic Free Pregnancy to ease your fears about what you can and what you should not do when a little one is on the way.
You're not the only person having a baby. In most cases, there's a Dad involved in the process, too. How is he feeling? Does he really think you're beautiful? Does he really, really, really want to be in the delivery room with you? Well, Bonnie Petrie asked one, and she also talked to the owner of a website geared toward expectant dads about what they may be experiencing during this dramatic time of transition in both of your lives.
You and your partner have decided that you want a baby, and you have been trying for months, but so far no success. Dr. Robin Burks is a clinical psychologist and author and she says this can be a tough time for a couple.
The Centers for Disease Control states tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood. Dental cavities in baby teeth are a chronic infection that can turn into a bigger problem. Yet tooth decay is almost always completely preventable! It's never too early to think about caring for your newborn's gums and developing teeth. Listen in as we interview a pediatric dentist, a pediatrician and real moms who talk about what works when it comes to a baby's healthy smile.
Dr. Ronald Young is the Director of the division of Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Young specializes in Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Welcome to your Pea in the Podcast, I'm Bonnie Petrie with everything you need to know about your body, your baby and the big changes ahead in your life in your journey to becoming a mommy. This week, maybe you've joined us because you want a baby and you haven't gotten pregnant yet, or you have a friend who wants to be as happy as you are.
So you know you want a baby, maybe you've even been trying. But now as you look at that second line on the pregnancy test your heart is seized with fear, and then shame.For women there is a lot of expectations surrounding the role of motherhood and then a woman feels any ambivalence or I'm not quite sure if this is what I really wanted, then guilt can come in and have her second guess herself.
Pregnant women are among the first in line to receive the Swine Flu vaccine, when it becomes available, because not only does the flu -- any kind of flu -- usually hit pregnant women harder than other people, but this strain appears to be particularly nasty for moms-to-be. Pregnant women are more likely to end up in the hospital with this flu. Pregnant women are more likely to face complications associated with this flu that can lead to death.
Joseph's family was heartbroken, but then they learned he might be helped by a stem cell transplant using the cells from the cord blood of his expected sibling. The cord blood was collected, the stem cells were harvested and they turned out to be a match for the desperately sick toddler. Joseph's dad said doctors moved quickly to help the little boy.
Toward the end of your pregnancy your hormones want to loosen things up so the baby can pass through the birth canal more easily so that things can sort of move aside is how I think of it. And so yes hip pain is common, all joint pain is common and another pain that many women perceive or feel is pubic pain because we think of the pubic bone as one bone all the way across well it isn't really, there is cartilage in between it at the front and so that often loosens up a little bit and many women experience discomfort there.
Most people do feel a little bit better, they've sort of gotten past the morning sickness if they had that, they're not urinating quite as much, not getting up quite as much at night, people can see that you're pregnant, people love to see a pregnant woman and you just feel better. You can eat things that you normally would be able to eat, they're not going to upset your stomach, you're not really extremely heavy with baby yet, so you're still just as agile as you normally would be. So that's why many people refer to it as the honeymoon phase.
Oh baby, you're having a baby! You're at the beginning of a 40-week journey in which the spark of life begins in you and becomes your baby. It is awe-inspiring and thrilling. If you planned this little one, as Alissia -- who is now 10 weeks pregnant -- did, you've probably already started making changes in your life to give your little one the best possible start.
You've been planning your labor and delivery for months. You attended classes, you've read books, you've learned how to relax through pain but suddenly you're on your way to an operating room to have your baby surgically, what in the world happened? ''In the United States most cesarean sections are performed for labor abnormalities, mainly failure to progress in labor or for what is the term cephalopelvic disproportion.''
This week we'll talk about feeding your baby with a bottle. Whether you think you might pump and feed your baby with mother's milk or combination feed with formula, or if you think you might want to exclusively formula feed
You wouldn't think it would be so difficult to decide how to feed your baby when there are just two options. But it is and everyone has an opinion. Let's find out about what a pediatrician has to say, "Well obviously breastfeeding is going to have some real significant advantages for moms, or for babies rather. We have to keep in mind that breast milk is a living, breathing product that contains hemogloblin and other things that help boost a baby's immune system and even boost their intelligence.
This week is one of the most important decisions that you'll make for your baby and one of the most stressful. What will you feed your little one when it arrives. We talk to a pediatrician, "Well parents basically can do one of two things after they have their baby, they can either breastfeed or they can bottle-feed." And we'll walk you through those options. We'll talk to moms who breastfed, "It's been one of the greatest experiences of my life." And bottle-fed, "My husband wasn't as on board with that and I'm like the day that you can breastfeed is the day that we'll breastfeed how does that sound?"
This week we're getting your finances in order. From insurance, "You may need insurance for the very first time and we're talking about life insurance here." To your taxes, "When baby makes three you now have the new exemptions for the child and you may have the child tax credit." And estate planning, "If you're a single person you can certainly be fancy free about whether you want to have a will or not, but if you have a kid you've got more of a responsibility." Sounds overwhelming? Don't worry mommy, we've got three great money experts to talk your through it.
It's time to start buying all the stuff you need for your baby and it's overwhelming isn't it? How do you get it all? How do you afford it? Baby gear can run you around $6,000, "It's amazing how expensive some of this stuff can be. I remember going into a boutique shop on Ventura Boulevard there where I lived in Los Angeles and they were charging just amazing prices for basic furniture. $800 for a bureau that was not very well constructed just because it had baby so it seemed like they could add an extra zero to the price of everything.
This week we're planning your shower! There's plenty to do and the work starts four months before the baby comes. ''Figuring out what kind of shower you want to have. Picking a date and a location and figuring out who you're going to invite.'' We'll help you navigate the minefield of social expectations, ''A baby shower should not be held by a family member.'' And we'll tell you what you really aren't expected to do, ''So many people don't like games but for some reason we think that we're supposed to play them.'' And we'll get you started with a planning time-table straight ahead in this Pea in the Podcast: Planning Your Shower.
You're pregnant and by choice or by chance you're doing it without a partner, Dr. Leah, author of The Complete Single Mother says you may be overwhelmed and with good reason, ''Single motherhood is relentless. You are the person in charge, you are the person with all of the responsibilities, you're pretty much on 24/7.'' So how can you make this work? Dr. Leah says the first thing that you need to do is process any sadness that you may feel about not having a partner to share this experience with you.
It's the 21st century and unlike some of our moms and many of our grandmothers most moms have careers they love or need. Despite that a large number of modern women are making the choice to make their careers motherhood, ''The was the report that said about 47% of all American women stay home for a year or more after they have a baby and that actually the majority of mothers of preschoolers are either staying at home or working part-time. That working full-time is not something the majority of mothers do with very young children.'' Surprised? I was.
Well it's the best news you've ever gotten, you're having a baby but for your boss it may not be good news at all. How do you tell them? Judy Bowman is the President and Founder of Protocol Consultants International, ''Clearly it's a very personal issue and I would tell your manager in private, tell them privately and hopefully they'll way and your demur in which you convey the terrific, exciting, wonderful news which it is will be contagious and let your manager that you are more than willing to work with them on realistic time frames that will help them manage their work environment so that it works for the woman as well.''
This week it's all about what you eat, ''Good nutrition or a well balanced is essential for normal fetal growth and development.'' And getting up off the coach, ''Increasing your level of activity during pregnancy decreases your risk of gestational diabetes and it also makes you fit for delivery.'' A nutritionist, an obstetrician, a nurse turned prenatal yoga instructor help you get healthy in this pea in the podcast.
The pregnancy test is positive. Hurray! But wait a minute, I'm not ready. My life is changing so fast. ''Motherhood is life altering.'' Natalie Gahrmann, coach Natalie is a work life expert and the author of the book Succeeding as a Super Busy Parent , now she says that moment when you realize what you have just gotten yourself into and that you better get ready, well it can be overwhelming. Leah Bassoff is also a writer, she's a mother of two now but she says when she found out she was having her first very much wanted baby she fell apart.
This week you know you have to quit, ''I started smoking when I was probably about 15 or 16.'' Well of course you have to quit smoking but what do you mean you have to watch what you eat? ''It wasn't so hard the donuts, I could give those up pretty easy but I could not eat one French fry.'' In this Pea in the Podcast we're breaking bad habits. You can do it.
This week we'll continue our conversation on pregnancy complications. This time we're talking to moms who spent months fighting for their babies before they were even born. Whether by staying in bed, ''I was terrified to just go to the bathroom.'' Or giving themselves 2 shots a day, ''I gave them to myself throughout my entire pregnancy up to the day I was induced.'' They fought for their babies lives and won and they promise you can too.
This week we'll talk about some of the problems you may face during your pregnancy. The frightening, ''In severe, severe cases women can have a stroke.'' The uncomfortable, ''I was sick pretty much the whole time: barfing.'' And the ugly, ''My ankles were bigger than my calves.'' We're talking about pregnancy complications you'll want to know what's normal and what's not.
This week we'll prepare you for some of the things that can go wrong during your labor. ''In the opinion of the doctor, the baby's head was too big to go through. As soon as they started fiddling around down there I went crazy.'' And what doctors can do about them. ''You give the patients oxygen, increase the IV fluids. You turn the patients on their side to reposition them.''
So your baby's coming whether you're ready or not. But you'd rather be ready, right? So you run a search on your favorite search engine 'labor options' and you get millions of hits. So you talk to your friends and they all have different advice for you. All those voices, what's right for you?
Dr. Keith Eddleman, author of Pregnancy for Dummies walks you through the miracle of birth and we talk to a mom who's been through it. Dr. Keith Eddleman is a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Mt. Sinai medical center in New York City. Now he's the guy who wrote the for dummies book on pregnancy and he says labor should not scare you. It's a natural process. The outcome is overwhelming positive, most times. Even when there are complications there are things that we can do to deal with them and still get a good outcome. This natural process can take hours, days, or even weeks to unfold.