I discovered Pregtastic pretty early in my pregnancy, and since that time have listened to over 100 of the 158 episodes. I’ve skipped a few that I thought were frivolous (those that were discussion based, focusing on light topics I found unimportant), but for the most part I eat them up, listening in the car, when I get ready in the morning, while I do my grocery shopping, when I go for walks (although I admit the walking thing happens rarely). I can’t recommend this enough to those of you who are pregnant and looking for information on a variety of subjects and techniques.
Below are my 15 favorites. Many, many more are available on the Pregastic website or on iTunes as podcasts.
Dr. Jack Newman & Helping Mothers Achieve Their Breastfeeding Goals-I think I’ve listened to this one 2 or 3 times by now. I love Dr. Newman and I plan on reading his book when I get a little bit closer to my due date (I have a bad memory so I can’t be reading about breastfeeding too early or I’ll forget everything.)
Centering Your Pregnancy-This is the first I’ve heard of the Centering Pregnancy model of care and although I know my chances are slim of finding one I’m going to be searching out a pediatrician in my area who practices with this model.
Hypno-Curious about Hypnobabies-I thought this show clearly explained the difference between Hypnobirthing and Hynobabies, and I think Hynobabies is the best option for me. (There is also a similar episode by the founder of Hynobirthing if you would like to search it out.)
Dr. Sears and Vaccines-Any mother who has looked into alternatives to the normal vaccination schedule knows who Dr. Sears is.
Mommy’s Milk and More + Attachment Parenting-Attachment Parenting is currently my childcare option of choice based on this podcast.
Cloth Diapers: Getting Started and FAQs-Husbands worries about poop in the washer aside, for both environmental and economical reasons we are considering cloth diapering. This podcast answered the questions I never even thought to ask.
I’m Pregnant, Now What Do I Eat?-I ate more walnuts after listening to this podcast. And bought a bag of flax seed.
From Dude to Dad-I thought this program would be silly and I almost skipped it, but I appreciated the focus on how dads deal with the pregnancy and birth.
Circumcision-Love the expert they chose to do this show. I believe his exact words are “There are no medical reasons for circumcising your baby boy.”
Gestational Diabetes-This one includes a few tips on how to avoid a false positive on your glucose test.
Everything Epidurals-Most definitely not for the faint of heart. The description of the epidural tube inserted into the back almost did me in.
What is High Risk?-A great description of what medical conditions constitute a high risk pregnancy.
Homebirth 101: The Home Court Advantage-Of course I highly recommend this particular episode to anyone who would like to learn more about a fabulous birthing option.
Elective Cesarean-I think the media makes us think that elective cesareans are much more common than they actually are.
Cesareans, VBAC, Inductions-With the rate of c-sections above 30% in the US (note this is for hospital births, I believe that out-of-hospital birth c-section rates are well below 10%, maybe even 5%), this is a podcast that EVERY pregnant woman should listen to. The type of suture your surgeon uses to close up your uterus, cytotec vs. pitocin, the risks of a VBAC, these are all things pregnant women should be educated on.
Any other podcasts out there that you think I should be listening to?