Quarantined & Pregnant

 
Yes, we know that it sounds like a reality show and to be honest it 100% is! It's your reality and we wanted to take a minute, or 30, to chat about it. Listen until the end because we promise you'll end laughing.
 
[4:47] We know what it's like to be stuck at home with no one to talk to!
[6:36] Our NEW FB Community Group - "Quarantined & Pregnant with My Essential Birth"
[8:03] It's good and we recommend talking to people in your life about how you are doing and feeling because it matters!
[8:37] Healthy habits affect your physical and mental state
[12:22] Spiritual health matters
[14:40] It's good to cry and it's good to laugh
[16:11] What needs to happen right now?
[17:27] There is no shame in telling someone when you're not doing well
[18:42] Sometimes it's easy for us to forget what we didn't know...so send us your questions! There is no dumb question or anything you can't ask us. We are happy to cover anything that will help YOU!
[20:40] Switching gears to a...
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Gestational Diabetes: What to Know

 

If you...

  • are pregnant and wondering what Gestational Diabetes is
  • are coming up on your Gestational Diabetes test
  • have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes

...we cover everything you need to know with Diabetes Specialist, Karina Robinson, in this episode! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth and for even more great info head over check out our totally FREE Pregnancy Exercise Guide & other incredible downloads at www.myessentialbirth.com.

[1:54] Get to know Karina Robinson, Diabetes Specialist
[3:07] A little about her Gestational Diabetes Course
[3:47] What is Gestational Diabetes?
[5:16] How GD differs from Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes
[5:36] Who is at risk for having Gestational Diabetes
[6:19] What you can do to prevent it!
[7:58] The 1 hour and 3-hour test
[9:30] What if I fail the 1-hour test?
[11:07] The main concerns for baby if mom is diagnosed with GD
[13:35] Options for mom, including home birth
[14:15] Karina's Birth Stories with...
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Medicated vs Unmedicated: The Controversial Topic We Plan to Dispel Once & For All

 
Do you ever feel like you have to pick a side?!
 
We know all too well that this controversial topic can lead to many one-ups, horror stories, and hurt feelings, but it doesn't need to be that way. If you have a birth that you love and brought you joy, that was a good birth for you, no matter how you got there!
 
You'll get to hear why women choose an epidural or an unmedicated birth and pros and cons for each. One of the most important things we always emphasize is preparation. So, no matter which way you're leaning, (or if you're somewhere in the middle), understanding your options and preparing for the outcome you desire will always give you more power in your birth experience.
 
[2:17] Prepare yourself for whole heck of a lot of unsolicited advice ;)
[4:15] Trust your intuition
[5:21] At the end of the birth, all that really matters is if you can look back at the experience and you feel good about it
[6:54] Birth isn't something you get to do every day,...
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Why Your Hospital Birth Class Probably Sucks

 

 
Warning: you might just learn more in this podcast episode than you did at that hospital birth class! ;) We are going to dive into the good and bad of what's covered in a typical hospital class, and why they may not be a great fit for you if you actually want to learn how to work with your body during birth.
 
Preparation is the #1 thing you can do to achieve your ideal birth, and part of preparation means knowing all of your options. You can't decide what you want unless you know what's available to you during pregnancy and birth! 
 
[3:00] What is covered in a hospital birth class
[5:00] Hospital classes teach more of what is going to happen to you and less of how to work with your body to give birth comfortably and confidently.
[13:26] Asking questions on your birthplace tour will give you an idea of how they feel about your preferences.
[15:56] Your birth team matters. A doula can be a great addition to your birth team to help support mom and...
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