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44 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
Fear and Trust in Birth: It doesn't have to be one or the other
You didn't try to make your baby to grow, you simply trusted that all of their organs would develop week by week. While there's much we can do to prepare, we discuss whether it's necessary to banish all fear in regard to birth.
56 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
What Your Friends or the Movies Didn't Tell You About Birth
Jen & Alise are back to being your friends again and giving you all the information you need to know to give birth. You can’t will your cervix into a juicy pear or into a dilated cervix and they will tell you why. This week they are giving you tons of information on how to navigate labor and how to remember how amazing you are no matter how you give birth. Figure out what birth options are the right options for you and how to own your badassary with birth.
44 minutes | Dec 2, 2019
Tips and Tricks for the Holidays
How to survive the holidays while pregnant Find comfortable clothes for holiday parties. - can rewear in labor! Fun mocktails (especially if you aren’t sharing your pregnancy yet) https://coleycooks.com/cran-clem/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/152066924904030011/feedback/?invite_code=93125df76bc445d0bfe9291eecfef857&sender_id=2880898448 Comfortable shoes Call it an early night Pick and choose your events Skip soft cheeses and deli meats especially when eating out Have some great excuses on hand for getting out of events you want to miss Rudolph ate my car keys Just waiting on UPS I have a date with my fuzzy blanket I’m currently dreaming of a white christmas What to say if your water breaks at a holiday party? -"No, I'm not having baby Jesus!" -"Looks like Santa is bringing me something today. At least it’s not coming out the chimney" -"I guess that sleigh ride really helped move things along!" Holiday wish list -pregnancy/nursing pajamas -birth gown -birth ball - water bottle with straw - crock pot/instant pot -labor socks - dry shampoo - birth bag -lavendar pillow -scarves -jewelry Holiday play list -Baby it’s cold outside -Merry Christmas Baby- Christina Aguilera
51 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
Talking Breastfeeding with Goldilacts
In a world full of "Breast is Best" we are constantly surrounded by stories of breastfeeding struggles and challenges. Candice of Goldilacts joins Jen and Alise this week to bring balance and inspiration to those feeling defeated before even starting. She's full of great ideas on ways to prepare before baby arrives and on ways to navigate breastfeeding through the ups and downs. Be sure to listen in and to check out Goldilacts at www.goldilacts.com.
42 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
I'm at the Hospital, now what?
This week we're talking about: That car ride could be pretty challenging. If it’s not, you’re probably going to soon Drop and roll or park and waddle? We're discussing the benefits of walking together into the hospital or dropping the laboring person at the front door and parking the car. If you brought a weekend worth of luggage, leave some of it in the car and come back later. You can strategically pack a bag with snacks, water bottle, clothes for birth, comfort items. Leave carseat and baby stuff in the car Triage: most hospitals have one. What does it’ look like? You’ll find that unless you’re pushing, time may feel like it’s standing still. You’re probably in a bigger hurry than the staff and that’s ok. Triage goals: vitals (BP, temp, pulse), listen to baby, vaginal exam. LOTS of questions from medical personnel. Walk of shame or that’s ok, you can’t know everything! Hooray, you’re admitted! The golden ticket. Wardrobe change maybe. Wanna wear a hospital gown or just stay in what you have been wearing. Listen to the baby longer. IV port started. Fluids through the IV optional. More questions. Possible change in labor pattern. That’s totally normal. Once the intake is complete, turn off lights and make the space comfy. Finding a new rhythm, changing positions. TIme for pain medication? Get that fluid in
11 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
Mini Van Mini #6
Make new friends but keep the old
12 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
Unapologetically unedited musings from the minivan. This week: expectations.
Unapologetically unedited musings from the minivan. This week: expectations.
51 minutes | Nov 4, 2019
Having ANOTHER Baby!
Wondering how you’ll ever survive adding a second? This week Jen and Alise are covering everything from common worries to life hacks to get you through. We’ve packed this episode full of confidence building and tried and true tips to help you not just survive, but thrive when your second (or third, or fourth...) arrives.
11 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
Mini Van Mini #5: Sex During Pregnancy
We are talking about sex in pregnancy in the minivan today. We promise to not get too graphic but enough to make us blush.
44 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
The Moment After Birth
On television, the baby comes up to mom, the soft sounds of the harp comes from the background and mom expresses how her life is now complete. This week Jen and Alise discuss what those moments after birth really look like. Sometimes they are filled with tears, sometimes with exhaustion, laughter or a mix of many emotions. Like all things birth, it rarely looks like television. They are normalizing the variety of feelings and experiences you might have after birth and explaining what to expect around you.
10 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Mini Van Mini #4: The First Trimester
This week we are discussing the secret trimester. The first trimester might be a little secret that you are keeping to yourself or sharing with only a few people. It may be a time of exhaustion or nausea. We are covering all of the possibilities and some of our own experiences. Don't miss Jen's not-so-pregnant brain moment. Don't miss this week's minivan mini as we take a drive and give you all of our thoughts.
50 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
Baby Brains, Development, and Toys!
Jessica, of Lovevery is our guest this week and talking about baby development. We are covering everything from what toys are helpful in the early days and months, to the importance of playing with pots and pans. We love her judgment-free approach to parenting and choosing what works for you. You'll be sure to love the way she takes the pressure off of feeling like there's only one way to help your baby's brain develop. Check out Jessica and Lovevery at lovevery.com or follow on Instagram.
13 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
Minivan Mini #3
No show notes, but great content!
37 minutes | Oct 14, 2019
How to Support Your Partner: The One Growing the Baby
It’s okay to listen too but this week we are talking to the sweetie in your life. Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s helpful and how to prepare. We’ve got a solid list of things that will make your honey feel more prepared to support you and support themselves physically and emotionally through this big processes. Want to take this to a whole new level, listen in separately and then discuss your plans for supporting each other at your favorite ice cream shop.
12 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
Minivan Mini: Episode 2
Jen’s got issues with “natural” birth.
59 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
Hilariously Infertile with Karen Jefferies
Karen is a teacher by day and finding the funny in infertility by night. This week she tells Jen and Alise how she finds humor where so many find heartbreak, as well as wisdom for getting through the journey. Everyone will certainly relate to awkward stories of doctor's visits but what happens when Karen finds out that her husband's sperm are about to get a spa day? Through humor and honesty, Karen tells us what it's like to be pregnant after infertility and even postpartum. You will not want to miss this fantastic guest this week!
10 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
Minivan Mini: episode 1
We're trying something out- musing about life.... from the minivan. Unscripted, unedited, just as we are!
47 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
Not JUST Another Pregnancy To-Do List
Pick your birth team. Seriously, not the team your mother in law wants. The one you want! Do you want a doula? Get one. Finalize your provider (Midwife or OB). It’s not too late to switch if you feel like it's not the best fit (until the final weeks). You don’t owe it to your provider to see birth through with them. Choose self-care. Practice napping. Go to bed early. Surrender to the sleepies. It's hard work growing a human. Figure out how you are a badass! Glowing vagina not necessary. Are you birthing differently than friends or family, making important choices for the health of yourself or baby, deciding to rest after baby is born? Find you badass superpower and own it! Rethink your maternity leave. Do you want to take some time before? Don't let mom guilt get the best of you now. It's okay to take leave early. Working until labor is really, really hard. Find yourself! Okay, okay... learn about your communication style, self care needs, how you thrive in the world. You're not just a mom. You're a person who is growing. Attachment- with your partner. Stop planning how to survive the terrible 2's and start working on communication, conflict resolution, understanding each other's needs. What's your love language? Discuss expectations!!!!! Who's gonna do what? Who is doing the cooking, cleaning and all of the tasks that were split before you were healing and recovering with a baby attached to you 24/7? Research the best birth class for you. Hint: they aren’t all at the hospital Freeze meals. You'll still be eating but cooking gets a little trickier. Put your people in place! You've got people who want to help so let them be helpful. Tell them ahead of time how you plan to reach out to them. They've got your back!
47 minutes | Sep 23, 2019
All The Feels
We know that you can always count on your girlfriends for a good cry. So here we are this week, ready to shed a few tears, complain a little, swear a lot and commiserate about how rough it is to create human life. We can also promise you a few good laughs and to change your grocery shopping experiences for life. Whether it's the cramping and nausea of the first trimester or the waddle and maternity clothes that no longer fit of the third, we've been there. Maybe you're looking for tips to get through those challenging days or a place to complain, Jen and Alise are here. So, grab your tissues, double check your mascara is waterproof and let's get our complain on!
46 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
Things Your Friends Didn't Tell You About Pregnancy
When it comes to hearing the juicy details, we can rely on our friends for a lot of things, but the truth about pregnancy isn’t one of them. Sure, your friends told you about swollen ankles and morning sickness but they probably never told you about finding foods that really worked with morning sickness. You know, the foods that taste the same coming up as they do going down. Body changes, pregnancy clothes, pregnancy sex? Don't worry, Jen & Alise have your back. This week, find out the honest truth about all the things your closest friends should have told you about pregnancy.
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