Pregnancy Pearls Podcast

Pregnancy Pearls Podcast

Dr. Plenty, is a double board-certified OB/GYN and high risk pregnancy expert. She's brilliant, well-researched with a great bedside manner.... but she is a little feisty and will "tell it like it is". Growing tired of seeing complications in pregnancy that could have been prevented, she wanted a way to help women empower themselves through knowledge so they can advocate for themselves. This quest to educate women birthed this podcast.

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September 29, 2022 26 min

Description: During your anatomy scan, one of the areas examined is your baby's face.  One of the most common and FIXABLE defects that can be diagnosed in the face is a cleft lip. On this week's episode, you'll learn all about the cleft lip, association with cleft palate, and ways to reduce your risk of your baby having this defect. Knowledge is power. Make sure to download and listen now, and don't forget to share ...

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We all have antibodies circulating in our blood that help us fight off infections. But, if you're pregnant, some of those antibodies can cross the placenta and affect your unborn baby. This could lead to anemia of an unborn baby. Check out this episode to find out how we determine whether an antibody is significant or harmless. You'll also learn about how we determine if unborn babies are anemic, how these pregnancies are t...

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September 15, 2022 30 min

  Oftentimes, sex does not have to stop when you get pregnant. It actually has benefits!  But, for many women, the thought of sex during pregnancy provokes fear and anxiety because we think it will cause harm to the pregnancy. Bleeding after sexual intercourse can even worsen these feelings.  So, in this episode, Dr. Plenty talks about what to do if you experience vaginal bleeding after intercourse, medical situations that necessit...

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Season 3 is finally here, and we have a lot of important topics to discuss.  Because it's National Suicide Prevention Week, in this episode, Dr. Plenty shared her personal experiences with the loss of family members due to suicide and educated listeners on warning signs of depression and suicidal behaviors. With suicide attempts being more common in women, particularly those suffering from postpartum depression and other mood d...

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July 28, 2022 59 min

Dr. Plenty is on a brief break for some fun, relaxation, and moving!  But, here’s a mid summer break episode with all of your favorite pearls and guests from season 2.  So, listen and let the episode jog your memory.  Make sure to rate, comment, and share with ALL your friends.  We’ll be back with new topics and new guests in season 3 in a few short weeks.

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With the ongoing attack on reproductive rights, several people want to know how to be safe in planning for their families and not have any "slip ups". Dr. Plenty is in the baby making business, but wants you to be SAFE while doing so. If you've had a baby recently, one part of being safe is giving your body time to recover. If you have health issues, being safe also means making sure your conditions are well-controlled ...

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June 30, 2022 61 min

On this episode of the podcast, we go beyond the pregnancy and talk about what it means to be prepared for motherhood.  To provide some post-delivery expertise, this week, Dr. Plenty is joined by Dr. Emeka Obidi, board-certified Pediatrician, owner of Partners in Pediatrics & Family Health in Hagerstown, Maryland, and founder of Newborn Prep Academy. Ever wonder what you could do to prepare for your little one before his/her ar...

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June 23, 2022 48 min

During pregnancy, some dads can feel absolutely helpless and detached while others actually experience pregnancy symptoms themselves.  Everyone is different, but what really is the role of the dad during pregnancy?  How can dad be helpful while tolerating symptoms and, sometimes, moodiness experienced by his/her significant other carrying the baby? Well, this week, Dr. Plenty is joined by the other Dr. Plenty... her husband, James ...

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So you've had the unfortunate experience of having a miscarriage... what happens now?  Well, in this show, Dr. Plenty shares her own personal experience with pregnancy loss and walks you through why some miscarriages happen, how they're managed, and how to prepare mentally and physically for life going forward. Make sure to download and listen to this episode for an intimate and real conversation about life after pregnancy ...

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June 9, 2022 23 min

Are you pregnant and wondering why your spouse keeps complaining about your mood?  You might think you're being nice or at least your usual self, but your significant other is likely going through it.  Yep! It's not in your head, it's a real thing, but for good reason.  Your body is going through major hormonal changes that definitely affect your mood. And let's not forget, the physical changes pregnancy causes whic...

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June 2, 2022 40 min

The placenta, or what you've probably heard called "afterbirth", is the most important part of how your baby grows and matures... but you probably don't hear much about what it does.  Well, that's because the placenta is extremely complex, so it's difficult to discuss all that it does.  In this week's episode, we do just that.  During the episode, Dr. Plenty really breaks down all the roles of the placen...

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May 26, 2022 29 min

So you've done the hard part.  You've made it safely through the pregnancy, courageously had a baby, and are through the immediate postpartum period.  For some of you, that means that soon you'll be transitioning back to the work environment. Most of us really dread this moment of going back to juggling work life. You're probably envying your friends who are able to stay home full time. For many of you, you might be...

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May 19, 2022 42 min

Lupus is a disease that causes the body's immune system to attack its own tissues and organs (which is what's called an autoimmune disease).  This particular disease can affect every part of the body and is often diagnosed during childbearing years.  Being pregnant with lupus can complicate things, especially if your disease is not yet under control. Even if lupus is well-treated, some with lupus still have antibodies that ...

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May 12, 2022 34 min

It's National Women's Health Week, so what better topic to discuss than what to expect at your well woman annual exam?  If you haven't scheduled your yearly exam yet, make an effort to do so.  Check out this episode prior to your visit as a reminder of what to expect.  During the episode, Dr. Plenty walks you through what will be done at your annual well woman exam. She also reviews different screening and diagnostic te...

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May 5, 2022 61 min

Although the number of teenage pregnancies in the U.S. have continued to decrease, teen pregnancy is still a thing… especially amongst Black and Latina young ladies.  Some teens lack the support they need to be successful as teen moms and with their long term aspirations.  This week, Dr. Plenty is joined by Dretona Maddox, founder and owner of Purposely Chosen, a nonprofit organization committed to helping displaced teen moms keep ...

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April 28, 2022 63 min

The postpartum recovery process can be extremely complicated.  You've just had a new baby and need to constantly wash clothes. You're trying to get the hang of breastfeeding.  You want to lose weight and get your pre-pregnancy body back. And you're mentally trying to adjust to your new mom-life all while operating on limited sleep.  Yep! It's definitely an adjustment but worthwhile.  To shed some light on how you ca...

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We're all sick and tired of hearing about COVID-19. But, now is not the time to slip up and get COVID-19, Recently, several of Dr. Plenty's members were diagnosed with COVID-19, including her 2 year-old son, Harrison.  If you've been listening to the show for a while, you know that Harrison has had issues with his immune system. So, you can image the terror she had while taking care of him during this trying time. In th...

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April 14, 2022 20 min

As the weather starts to get nice, many of us are ready to break out the sundresses and short shorts.  But, for some, especially if you’re pregnant, you probably notice more varicose veins and spider veins than usual.  This week, Dr. Plenty discussed the reasons for these more visible veins in pregnancy and how they are treated. She also let’s you know when your varicosity aren’t just varicose veins and need further attention.  Go ...

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April 7, 2022 26 min

Are you postpartum and need advice to snap back to your pre-pregnancy weight? Have you recently had a baby and are confused about dieting and breastfeeding? Or do you have a child over 2yo and still haven't dropped those pounds?  If so, this episode is for you! In this episode, Dr. Plenty is joined by health and wellness coach and personal trainer, Stacy Kador, to discuss ways to drop the weight. Our expert guest, Stacy, gained...

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March 31, 2022 28 min

The decision to have genetic screening to evaluate for genetic problems with your baby is a big decision. The most common type of genetic screen is what’s called a noninvasive prenatal screen (NIPS), which is a blood test that screens cells that enter your (mom) blood circulation from the placenta.  NIPS is a pretty good test!  It has a high detection rate for Down syndrome and a few other common genetic abnormalities.  BUT, this t...

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