Ep. 292 – Dear Past Me: Wisdom About Pregnancy, C-Section Recovery, Mental Health and More

February 5, 2024

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In a brand-new special segment called “Dear Past Me,” Laura and Shanna give pregnancy and parenting advice to their past selves, including words of wisdom about celebrating pregnancy, recovering from c-sections, knowing what to expect in the hospital after giving birth and more. Also, Shanna checks in on her kids’ never-ending winter break, and Laura reports on her son’s fifth birthday! Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s kids are 5 and 7.5 years old, and Laura’s kids are 5 years old and 2.5 years old.


Topics discussed in this episode:

-New Year’s Day 2024

-Going to the beach with kids

Din Tai Fung

-Going to the mall with kids

-Auggie’s fifth birthday

-Park birthday parties

-Using the Cricut to make custom cupcake toppers

-Birthday party meltdowns

-Celebrating pregnancy

-Pregnancy photo shoot

-C-section recovery

-C-section incision complications

-Hospital stay after giving birth

-RNs vs CNAs

-Labor and delivery hospital staff

-Advocating for yourself in the hospital

-Postpartum mental health

-Postpartum depression (PPD) and postpartum anxiety (PPA)

-Rose Parade in Pasadena

-Kids learning to read


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Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey podcast is hosted by Laura Birek and Shanna Micko and produced by Laura Birek, Shanna Micko and Steve Yager.

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