Preggie Pals Episodes

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Preggie Pals is an audio podcast that educates and entertains expectant mothers and those hoping to become pregnant. Each episode features a panel of pregnant women, at various stages and trimesters, as well as experienced moms and experts. Together they explore topics aimed to embrace pregnancy and encourage women to pursue their individual childbirth choices.

Recent Episodes

Top 10 Foods to Eat While Pregnant

Eating healthy is important during pregnancy- we know that. But eating healthy isn't always easy, especially if you don't have a lot of time and you get those crazy food cravings. What are the best foods to eat (and the...

The Bedrest Survival Guide

When pregnant, being on bedrest may seem like a much-deserved break. However, bedrest can also be challenging. What are the main reasons women are put on bedrest? What are some of the potential complications of bedrest? And does it really...

Inducing Labor Naturally

You've reached the end of your pregnancy. Your due date has passed and still no baby. Fortunately, there are some safe non-invasive ways to give your baby a gentle nudge down the birth canal. When should you consider self-induction and...

The Natural Cesarean

With more babies being born by Cesarean section, a new movement is campaigning to create a more natural experience for both mom and baby. It's known as the "Natural Cesarean" or "Family-Centered Cesarean". So, what exactly happens during this procedure...

The Hospital Delivery Room: What to Expect

You think you're having contractions, so it's off to the hospital you go! So, what should you expect when you arrive? At what point are you provided with a labor and delivery room? How many people will be caring for...

Signs Your Baby is Dropping During Pregnancy

As an expectant parent, there are so many terms to learn and new “feelings” to identify in pregnancy. What does the term “the baby has dropped” really mean? What does it feel like? How do you know what’s going on?...

Delivering a Breech Baby

You were planning for a vaginal birth, but then you learn your baby is breech. Fetal position is often overlooked until late in the pregnancy, so what are your options? Should you try and get your baby to turn? Can...

Buying Maternity Clothes: New and Used

Your body is changing- growing belly, growing breasts- so your wardrobe is bound to change. So, how do you adapt to all these changes without breaking the bank? What are some essential pieces you can use during and after pregnancy?...

Putting VBAC Risks into Perspective

Your first baby was born via c-section and with this time you're hoping to have a vaginal birth, or VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). You may have heard about some of the risks, but what does it all actually mean?...

Making Sex Comfortable During Pregnancy

Sex during pregnancy is different for every woman. You may have a huge sex drive... or the thought of your partner giving you the entire bed while he sleeps on the couch may sound more appealing. If you do want...

Pregnancy Forums: Cracking the Code of Acronyms

There are tons of pregnancy forums online. Finding these forums isn't the hard part, but trying to understand what people are trying to say can be quite a challenge. Why are these forums full of acronyms?  What are the most...

Pampering Yourself During Pregnancy

Pregnant women usually experience symptoms such a extreme fatigue, body aches, and nausea. You may also be on your feet all day at work or at home running around as you care for your other children. Bottom line: the world...

Choosing Your Health Care Provider: Pediatrician

You're in the process of picking out your dream team when it comes to pregnancy and birthing your baby. But what about picking a pediatrician to help care for your baby? That's right! Choosing your pediatrician is highly recommended prior...

Eating While In Labor

Most women have been told not to eat anything while in labor, but why? What are the risks to both you and your baby. How do current guidelines vary for vaginal versus cesarean births? Today we'll discuss why most medical...

Switching Care Providers Mid-Pregnancy

You're mid-pregnancy and you need to change your medical care provider. Eeek! There are a million reasons why. Perhaps your insurance changed, you moved or you're simply unhappy with your current OB/GYN or Midwife. So, what happens next? How do...

Preparing for Breastfeeding

You're pregnant and you're planning to breastfeed your baby. But, if you've never breastfed before, how will you know what to do? Should you take a breastfeeding class? How about visiting a breastfeeding support group? What can you expect to...

Creating a Calm Birth Environment

Whether you choose to birth in a hospital, birth center or home, there are small things you can do to help make your birth experience as calm and comfortable as possible. How can we tame our five senses so we...

Creating Your Postpartum Plan

In addition to caring for an amazing newborn baby, your postpartum period will almost certainly bring more stress and challenges than you anticipated. Preparing a postpartum plan can help make this transition into parenthood a bit smoother. So, what sh...

Your Baby Registry: Bottles for Breastfed Babies

Planning your baby registry can seem a bit overwhelming. If you're planning to breastfeed your baby, you may still want to add baby bottles to your list. How do you know what bottle is best for your baby? What should...

I’m Pregnant, Now What?

You've just peed on the stick and it's positive. Now what? Most care providers will schedule your first prenatal appointment at the eight week mark. So, what are you supposed to do in the meantime? We're answering some of the...

Managing Back Labor

You've heard of contractions during labor and delivery, but what about back labor? What exactly is back labor, what does it feel like and what causes it to happen? Plus, we've got tips on how to prevent it and methods...

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Your growing belly can be a bit uncomfortable or even painful for your lower back and spine. Having chiropractic adjustments can help release that pressure and even improve your overall childbirth experience. What are the most common pregnancy discomfo...

Touring Your Hospital Before Delivery

It's always a good idea to tour your hospital before you deliver your baby. Who typically gives these tours and what important information can you learn to improve your overall childbirth experience? Plus, learn how touring a hospital can benefit...

Fetal Non-Stress Tests During Pregnancy

There are many reasons you may need to have a fetal non-stress test, or NST, during your pregnancy. Perhaps your baby isn't moving as much as before or perhaps you have a high risk pregnancy. So, how are these tests...

Choosing Your Health Care Provider: Lactation Consultants

You're planning to breastfeed your baby once he arrives. But what happens if your breastfeeding experience doesn't happen as perfectly as you planned? How can a board-certified lactation consultant help you on your journey? What services does a lactati...

Childbirth Preparation Methods: Bini Birth

Bini Birth explores many different methods of childbirth, approaching birth as an individual process that each woman explores in her own way. Today we'll hear from creator Ana Paula Markel. What are the main principles behind this practice? What are...

Common Bacterial Infections in Pregnancy

When you're pregnant, you can easily become a breeding ground for bacterial infections. Today we're discussion some of the most common infections such as yeast infections, urinary tract infections, bacterial vaginosis and Group B Strep. How are these i...

Body Changes During Pregnancy: The Cervix

When you first find out you're pregnant, you probably aren't thinking much about your cervix. But this tiny organ is already preparing for your baby. It softens, lengthens, elongates, dilates, thins, and does all sorts of interesting things right up...

Fetal Development: The Third Trimester

You've just completed your second trimester, arguably the most comfortable and relaxing one. So, what should you expect during the third trimester? What developmental changes is your baby experiencing? How will your baby's movements change during this ...

Choosing Your Health Care Provider: OB/GYNs

Thinking about adding an OB/GYN to your team of health care providers? What type of prenatal care can you expect to receive with an OB/GYN? What exactly is their role during the labor and delivery process? And how can you...

Preeclampsia: Symptoms and Treatment

Tired of peeing in a cup every time you have an OB/GYN appointment? They're testing for increased protein in your urine which may be a sign of preeclampsia. So, what is preeclampsia and how can it impact your pregnancy? If...

10 Pregnancy Questions (You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask)

There's a lot of unknowns when it comes to being pregnant, and you may not be 100% comfortable asking your doctor all the questions you have buzzing around that pregnancy brain of yours. Will you really "poo" when you push?...

What to Expect When Your Water Breaks

Your water breaks. What do you do now? It's not always as dramatic as the movies make it out to be, but you should still be prepared. What can your amniotic fluid tell you about your baby? Why are babies...

Sleep During Pregnancy: Mental and Emotional Changes

We know sleep is important during pregnancy. Not getting enough can cause drastic changes both mentally and emotionally. What are some signs of sleep deprivation? How can you overcome sleep disorders while pregnant? Plus, simple tips to help you and...

Delayed Cord Clamping After Birth

There are many decisions to make when it comes to the birth of your baby, including whether to cut the umbilical cord right away or to delay cord clamping. What are the benefits as well as concerns of delaying the...

Pregnancy in the Military

Being pregnant while serving in the military can be challenging, but there are also some great resources to help support you and your growing family. What policies do you need to be aware of before, during and after your pregnancy?...

Your Baby Registry: Breast Pumps

Your baby is on the way, so making your baby registry is top priority. What should you consider when selecting the best breast pump for you and your baby? What are the benefits of a manual hand pump versus an...

Stretch Marks 411

Your pregnant body is constantly growing. And while we love our beautiful bodies, most of us could probably do without the impending threat of stretch marks. What exactly is a stretch mark? Do they ever go away? And what can...

Coping with Morning Sickness

Think you're pregnant? Nausea is one of the first pregnancy symptoms you may notice, and it could stay with you for awhile. So, what actual causes morning sickness? What types of foods and vitamins help make you feel better? Plus,...

Cervical Scar Tissue: A Cause of Preventable C-Sections

Dilating to a full 10 centimeters is important if you're hoping for a vaginal birth. And having cervical scar tissue from procedures such as an IUD or LEEP procedure can prevent that from happening. So, what exactly is cervical scar...

Keeping Your Pregnancy Low Risk

There are many advantages to having a low risk pregnancy, especially if you're planning a natural birth. What should your blood pressure look like? What about the food you eat and the amount of time you exercise? This episode explores...

Choosing Your Health Care Provider: Postpartum Doulas

You're starting to put together your team of health care providers for your pregnancy. But, it's not all about the birth. Some moms need a little extra help after the baby is born, and that's where postpartum doulas can help....

Body Changes During Pregnancy : Your Uterus

Your uterus is your baby's home for the next nine months. But what do you really know about this vital organ? How large can the uterus get throughout pregnancy? Plus, how it may be taken out of your body completely...

Homeopathy and Pregnancy

Many traditional medications aren't safe during pregnancy, so what options do you have for relief? Today we're learning all about homeopathy and how it can naturally help treat common ailments many women experience while pregnant. How is homeopathy dif...

The Blessingway: An Alternative to Baby Showers

The Blessingway ceremony is growing in popularity. This alternative to a baby shower is an opportunity for experienced moms to celebrate their pregnancy and the birth experience they plan to have with the people who love and support them the...

Choosing Your Health Care Provider: Midwives

As you begin putting together your team of birth professionals, you may be considering a midwife as an alternative to an obstetrician. How are their roles different? What type of pregnancy is ideal for midwifery care? Are they typically covered...

Childbirth Preparation Methods: Sacred Pregnancy

If you've already had a baby and you're pregnant again, you may be looking for a great way to celebrate your pregnancy and prepare for the emotional journey in front of you. Sacred Pregnancy is a new movement focused on...

Fetal Development: The Second Trimester

Pregnancy is an amazing time in your life- filled with lots of new changes. What exactly is happening to you and your body during your second trimester? How long is this trimester and what stages of growth and development is...

Gestational Diabetes: Managing Your Blood Sugar

When pregnant, your body may have a more difficult time processing sugar. This condition is known as gestational diabetes and may require a significant change in diet and exercise in order to ensure the health of you and your baby....

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