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Pregnancy Pearls Podcast
24 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Pampering in Pregnancy
Whether you have a high risk pregnancy or not, if you admit it, by the end of pregnancy you're miserable and trying to find some relief of pelvic pressure. I know other women in your family might say: don't get a facial; avoid massages; don't leave the house. LOL! Well, in this episode, we're going to talk about the safe ways to pamper yourself in pregnancy and things you should avoid. If you're pregnant, don't miss this episode, and forward it to your bump buddies to download and listen as well!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
68 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
One Drink Too Many
We know you’ve heard that alcohol isn’t safe in pregnancy. But do you really know the impact of even one drink in pregnancy? To discuss the topic of alcohol and its impact, Dr. Plenty is joined by Mrs. Natalie Vecchione, a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) parent advocate and founder of FASD Hope. She shares her experience with her adopted son who also has fetal alcohol syndrome and her advocacy efforts related to supporting other parents who have kids with alcohol spectrum disorders. To learn more about the effects of alcohol in pregnancy or how you can gain support for your child, you don’t want to miss this in-depth and heartfelt conversation. Download and listen nowSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Many of you might have noticed that your memory is a little foggy or that your thought process is kinda off during pregnancy. If you've never been pregnant, have you noticed any family members or co-workers who are pregnant fishing for words that have slipped their minds? Some call it "pregnancy brain", but is that really a thing? Check out this week's episode as Dr. Plenty discusses how pregnancy hormones and changes affect the brain and memory. If you're wondering why you have these changes and how long they will last, download and listen to this episode now! Don't forget to rate, comment and subscribe.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
51 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
What Are My Options?
About 15% of couples experience infertility, which is defined as actively trying to conceive for a year without success. What should you do if this is you? To discuss fertility options, Dr. Plenty is joined by Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) specialist, Dr. Tiffany Jones. Dr. Jones is a practicing partner at Conceive Fertility Center in Dallas, TX. During this episode, Dr. Jones breaks down the difference between IVF and IUI and when one is recommended over the other. The two docs also discuss egg vs embryo freezing and other “must have” information for those planning to conceive. You don’t want to miss this one. If you’re over 35yo, considering egg freezing, want to have a baby but not sure when, or having trouble conceiving, this episode is for you. Make sure to rate, comment, and share!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
The "P" Word
In this week's episode, Dr. Plenty discusses the "p" word, meaning your period. Your period, or menstrual cycle, should be normal to ensure that you're ovulating every month. But what do doctors mean by "normal"? In this episode, Dr. Plenty discusses normal and abnormal periods. She also talks about common and not-so-common reasons for abnormal menstrual periods and how abnormal flow is treated. All women should download and listen to this one! Also, don't forget to rate, comment, and share. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Do you have painful menstrual cycles, issues getting pregnant, or pain with sexual intercourse? If you do, you could possibly have endometriosis. A growing number of women have endometriosis. Some women have it, and don’t even know it. Well, in this episode, you’ll learn all about endometriosis, how it’s diagnosed, and how it’s treated. Dr. Plenty also tells you how endometriosis can affect your fertility and even discusses your pregnancy options. Download and listen now! And don’t forget to rate, comment, and share.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
How Long Does it Take
Some of you might be trying to get pregnant and getting frustrated because you think it might be taking longer than you anticipated. Well, getting pregnant takes time, and the time it should take to get pregnant depends on several factors, such as your age, medical problems, and pregnancy history. In this week's episode, Dr. Plenty breaks down how long it should take to have a baby before needing a referral for a little extra help. If you or someone you know has been trying to get pregnant, make sure to check out this episode to find out which situations require early referral versus allowing you to keep trying naturally.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
35 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Welcome back to Season 2 of Pregnancy Pearls Podcast!! This week, Dr. Plenty talks about what you need to do to "get ready" for your next pregnancy. By listening to this episode, you'll get detailed information about ways to reduce your risk of miscarriage, preeclampsia, and other adverse pregnancy outcomes. You'll also gain insight about what common medications and cosmetics to avoid and which medicines should be switched by your provider before getting pregnant. Plus, you'll learn tips to optimize your overall health and, thus, your pregnancy. If you desire to have a baby soon or even in the distant future, you don't want to miss this episode. Planning is key! So, download, listen, and start now. It's never too early to prepare.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Swelling of the legs and feet after delivery is very normal. But is there ever a time when swelling can be too much or a bad sign? Well, check out this episode of Pregnancy Pearls Podcast to hear Dr. Plenty explain why swelling occurs, how long to anticipate it following delivery, and when swelling needs further attention. If you’re pregnant or recently delivered, make sure to download and listen to this episode now!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Soft Markers: "My Baby’s Neck Is Thick"
One of the strongest indications that there might be something going on with your baby is whether the skin behind the neck is thick. In the first trimester, your provider looks at what’s called the nuchal translucency, which is a space behind the neck and back. Half of babies with an increased measurement of this space have a chromosomal abnormality. Once you make it to 16 weeks, your provider looks at the nuchal fold, which is the skin behind the lower part of the skull. This is also highly associated with chromosomal abnormalities, with the most common being Down Syndrome and Turner Syndrome. Can genetically normal babies have thickened nuchal folds and translucencies? Of course! But this could also be a clue that there is something structurally going on as well. Check out this episode to learn more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Soft Markers: Single Umbilical Artery
Every pregnant woman should get an ultrasound to look at their baby’s structures at approximately 18-20 weeks. During that ultrasound, not only are your baby’s organs closely evaluated but the placenta (or afterbirth) and the umbilical cord are also evaluated. Did you know that the umbilical cord can tell your provider if your baby has an increased risk of having genetic abnormalities? Yep! The umbilical cord is a pretty important clue about genetic problems, growth problems, and can even be associated with other abnormalities in your baby. Download and listen to this week’s episode to learn all about the umbilical cord how it can affect your baby’s outcome. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
34 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Soft makers: Dilated Kidneys
Some babies with chromosomal abnormalities can look completely normal on ultrasound. So, as a high risk pregnancy physician, I look for what’s called soft markers (or subtle hints that something’s going on). One of these hints is dilation of your baby’s kidneys during pregnancy. Kidneys filter blood and rid waste of blood through urine. If urine is blocked inside of the kidney, they look enlarged (dilated) on ultrasound. This can sometimes be the only hint that there could be Down syndrome or another genetic problem. Other times, this can be something completely normal that resolves over time. Learn more about what enlarged kidneys in your baby could mean by downloading and listening to this episode now!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
53 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Neonatal Jaundice, also known as hyperbilirubinemia, is a yellow discoloration of the white parts of the eyes and skin found in newborn babies due to high levels of bilirubin. This can be found in both full term and preterm babies. High levels of bilirubin can be caused by a number of factors including breastmilk, enzyme deficiencies, and medication, to name a few. To help discuss this important topic, Dr. Plenty is joined by expert guest, Dr. Jessica Daigle, board-certified Pediatric Hospitalist and NICU director. Check out this episode to learn more about the causes and treatment of jaundice and consequences if the condition goes untreated.ASee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Bleeding After Birth
In this week's podcast episode, Dr. Plenty discusses bleeding after birth and miscarriages. Dr. Plenty breaks down the definition of lochia and its types as well as how to recognize when you're having too much bleeding. If you have had a baby recently or, unfortunately, suffered a recent pregnancy loss, please listen to this episode to know what's normal bleeding and when you should seek help.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
40 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
The 4th Trimester
Every mother and their newborn will go through adjustments as they transition from pregnancy to the postpartum period. During this time, both mom and baby must get acclimated to new sleep schedules and breastfeeding, and mom will have to deal with body changes and sometimes, wound healing. Oftentimes, this time can be met with emotional woes as well. This all happens during the "4th trimester" or the first 12 weeks of the postpartum period. To talk about what to expect and how to handle the 4th trimester, this week, Dr. Plenty is joined by expert guest and OB/GYN colleague, Dr. Temitope Ekwo. Dr. Ekwo practices OB/GYN full time in the Houston area and has two children of her own, so she provides both personal and professional insight about how to conquer the 4th trimester. If you're expecting or recently had a baby, you need to listen to this episode!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
44 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
I Got The Blues
On this week's episode of the podcast, we discuss postpartum blues, depression, psychosis, and other mood disorders affecting pregnancy and the postpartum period. More than half of women experience postpartum blues in the immediate postpartum period, and approximately 20% are diagnosed with postpartum depression. To help me discuss this important topic,expert guest Mrs. Whitni Toson, a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of Alamo Ranch Counseling and Wellness, joined this week's podcast episode. Through the episode, you'll learn about warning signs of various mood diagnoses prevalent during the postpartum period and how they are treated. You'll also get advice on how to encourage your loved ones to seek counseling or further intervention if they exhibit symptoms of a mood disorder. If you only have one episode to listen to, this is an extremely important topic that we need to talk about more. Go ahead and download and listen to this episode now!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is a condition that affects a woman's hormone levels leading to prolonged or infrequent periods and excess male hormone levels. PCOS can cause issues with fertility and is also associated with other health issues. Listen as Dr. Plenty discusses the types of PCOS and how it affects childbearing. Want to know what can be done about PCOS? Subscribe and download this episode to learn more now! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Not All Moms are Women
In this week’s podcast episode, Dr. Plenty responds to questions about challenges of being non-binary and wanting children. She addresses assumptions made by providers about non-binary patients and gives examples of more sensitive approaching to managing non-binary pregnancies. We can all learn from this episode. Go ahead and subscribe and listen now!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | May 27, 2021
My Neck My Back
Ever wonder if the pains you’re feeling during your pregnancy are normal? Pregnancy is not necessarily a painless experience. Listen as Dr. Plenty discusses normal aches and pains of pregnancy and when you should seek further evaluation for pain.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | May 20, 2021
Delayed cord clamping: Is that really a thing?
Due to your feedback, on this week's podcast episode, Dr. Plenty talks all about delayed cord clamping. During the episode, she defines what's considered delayed cord clamping and its benefits. She also gives insight into unique situations when delayed cord clamping isn't or can't be done. Listen to learn more! Like what you hear? Make sure to share with a friend, rate and comment! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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