59: Building Your Postpartum Dream Team

Bringing your baby home from the NICU sounds like its the end of the hard part. But sometimes its even harder to deal with the feelings of loneliness and anxiety. You need t build a postpartum team, just like you need a prenatal team and a NICU team. I’m very excited to introduce this weeks guest, Hannah Chelsey. Hannah is the founder of “The Baby Maven” She helps first time mothers gain the confidence and control they need to feel supported and successful as a parent. She will walk us through the support you need once baby comes home.

58: Trust

Trust. I want to talk to you today about what it means to trust. Webster defines it as “assured reliance on the character ability strength or truth of someone or something.” Quite a heavy load, but we do it all the time.

57: It’s OK to Not be OK

Sometimes we are in so desperate need of help, that we don’t even realize it. That may seem ridiculous, but sometimes we really can feel like we are “doing fine” when really we need support from others. Today I’m joined by Abbi Perets, Founder of SuccessfulFreelanceMom.com. She teaches at-home moms how to break into freelance writing. She’s going to share her story and how she built her village, her support network of friends and family because when it gets down to it, we all need our community, we need our village.

56: Surviving a Ruptured Ectopic

Ectopic pregnancy is not often talked about, but this happens to many women and can actually be quite dangerous. As someone who has gone through an ectopic pregnancy, it is important for me to talk about this experience, and that we understand how it is different from a miscarriage. In this episode, I will talk more about what an ectopic pregnancy is, share my personal story, and offer some advice and tools you can use if you or someone you know is experiencing this. 

55: Words You Use

The words you use can be so powerful for healing if you allow yourself to be exactly where you are. I will never tell you not to say or express the fears and negative thoughts that you are experiencing. I will never tell you that you are not broken because healing can begin wherever you are and however you feel, though many people want to push you forward and make it all nicer. By acknowledging and sharing the emotions that you’ve been carrying, even if they seem scary or negative, you will actually be able to heal faster. In this episode, we will talk about some ways that you can address these feelings without feeling that you need to push them away or make them nicer than they are. 

54: What You Should Know if You’ve Experienced Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Today we’re going to shed some more light on recurrent pregnancy loss. If you’ve experienced recurrent pregnancy loss, you know how hard it is to cope with, especially when there is often no reason or explanation for it. Joining us today is Dr. Lora Shahine, Reproductive Endocrinologist, who specializes in recurrent pregnancy loss. She will tell us about what drew her to Reproductive Endocrinology, and share some invaluable information and advice about how to navigate this difficult territory and find the support you need. 

53: How to Manage Guilt and Self Blame

Women going through pregnancy complications know that they didn’t do anything to cause their fertility challenges or pregnancy complications, yet our brains are trained to go to a place of guilt and self blame. This is a difficult process, because as humans we want someone or something to blame, but we need to have strategies to prevent this unnecessary guilt from creeping in. In this episode we will talk about how to learn to let the blame go and truly deeply heal. 

52: Seeing Double? The Truth about Twins

We often romanticize the idea of having twins, but twins are actually considered a high risk pregnancy. So today to show the true, realistic side of twin pregnancy, we are joined by Brittany Dixon. Brittany Dixon is an organizing and productivity strategist for stressed out and exhausted women entrepreneurs. She’s here today to share her experience carrying twins and her own high risk journey.

51: How To Manage Stress During Pregnancy

We all know that stress isn’t good for our bodies, but we often tend to push it to the side and bottle it up rather than dealing with it. Stress extremely impactful on pregnancy health. Stress during pregnancy has been found related to pre-term birth, low birth weight and much much more. Today I want to dive into ways to manage your stress; in simple and effective ways to keep your pregnancy healthy. Because it’s not your fault, and you do not deserve to be stressed out.

50: Babyproofing your Career on Bed Rest

While being on bed rest might be necessary for you and your baby physically, your mind can wander and get caught up in all the “what ifs.” A question I faced and I know many other women have faced is: “What’s going to happen to my career.” It can create so much extra anxiety and you don’t deserve that. So toady I’m joined by Arianna Taboada, a maternal health consultant, she helps women construct their maternity leave plan and return to work. We’re going to talk about how you can babyproof your career, so you can cut down on some of that stress and anxiety.

49: Alternative Therapies

So much of medicine today is a “one size fits all” approach, and if you’ve been listening to this podcast for awhile, you know how much I don’t believe in “one size fits all.” Today I’m going to walk you through a number of alternative therapies that could be beneficial to you if you find yourself experiencing the limitations of modern medicine.

48: What is a Doula?

Today on Delivering Miracles our guest is Lori Bregman, a renowned doula, life coach, healer and author of The Mindful Mom to Be. She’s here to explain what exactly a doula is, and how they can help you through your pregnancy journey from fertility, through pregnancy and into motherhood.

47: Why “Don’t Give Up” Is Terrible Advice

“Don’t give up.” a comment I’ve heard all the time, through every stage of my journey and I’m sure many other women have heard as well. It’s a comment that is meant to be kind and supportive, but it has really rubbed me the wrong way for a long time. Today I want to discuss why I don’t like telling people “don’t give up.” and talk about real advice that can help someone who has lost that hope.

46: Don’t Let Perfection Bring You Down

We often compare our experiences to others and see ours as “imperfect.” Today we our guest is Jillian Grover owner of the “Doing away with Perfect” blog. She joins us today to share her imperfect delivery story and to show you that you are not alone, and to change the way you remember what you’ve been through.

45: Breaking Down Fertility Treatment Options

There is no “one size fits all” solution to fertility treatment. So today I’m going to break down all of the possible options so that you have and idea of which ones are for you. There is no one solutions for everyone, you have to listen to your body.

44: How To Maintain a Healthy Body Image During Infertility & High Risk Pregnancy

In this episode we are joined by Lindsay Stenovec, a San Diego based dietitian nutritionist and owner of Nutrition Instincts who is focused on helping women make peace with food and their bodies. We discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy body image, and how you can support your own body image, especially when your fertility and pregnancy journey are less than ideal.

43: The Biggest Lie Women Tell

There’s one particular lie that so many women going through infertility, high-risk pregnancy, prematurity or taking care of children tell themselves and their loved ones. It’s so common that we don’t even think twice about it. But this lie is one that is affecting not just you but your pregnancy and your health. On this episode, I share with you how to stop telling this life and improve your health and wellness with just a few simple questions.

42: The Truth About Surrogacy

Today we talk about something that is rarely discussed, surrogacy. there is a lot of misinformation and mystery around surrogacy and gestational carriers, so here to help demystify the topic is Eloise Drane. Eloise has been an egg donor as well as a 3 time surrogate mother. She is now the founder/owner of Family Inceptions International, a family planning agency specializing in surrogacy and egg donation. I hope her experiences can shed some light on this often controversial topic.

41: Postpartum Body Memories

Memories of traumatic pregnancies are not just stored in the mind but the body as well. I tell you about my own experiences and discuss ways to confront and conquer these body memories.

40: Gestational Diabetes with Lily Nichols

Today’s guest is the expert of experts on gestational diabetes, Lily Nichols: registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes educator, researcher, speaker, and author. Gestational diabetes was Parijat’s 7th complication during her high-risk pregnancy and today she chats with Lily to candidly discuss her experience and how you can feel better guided in your pregnancy journey.

39: Paternal Age and Fertility with Dr. Aimee

We hear a lot about women’s age correlating to fertility, but not as much about men’s age. This can translate to a lot of pressure. In this episode, we discuss child development from both the perspective of a man and a woman’s age.

38: The truth about postpartum anxiety

Postpartum anxiety is almost 2-3 times more common than postpartum depression. Unfortunately, too few people know about it, talk about it or even understand it, leaving too many women to suffer in silence. That ends today. On this episode, I share with you the truth about postpartum anxiety including what signs to look for as well as 2 powerful techniques to try for quick relief.

37: Fertility Myths & Non-Traditional Options for Infertility with Marc Sklar

Growing up you learn all the ways to prevent getting pregnant, but no one really discusses what happens when you want to get pregnant and can’t. Today’s guest is fertility expert Dr. Marc Sklar and he’s here to give you some real advice on how to get pregnant and debunk some of the myths regarding fertility.

36: What Every High-Risk Mom Needs to Hear

It really is this hard. Let this sink in. Don’t minimize your feelings. If it feels hard, it’s okay. On this episode of Delivering Miracles, Parijat talks you through this important statement that every woman going through a high-risk pregnancy needs to hear.

35: For the Type-A Person

This episode of Delivering Miracles with Parijat Deshpande is all about the Type-A person. Parijat explains what this means, how this impacts your high-risk pregnancy, and what you can do to accommodate this.

34: What It’s Like To Have Multiple Complications

We don’t share our stories enough – it can be hard to get to that place where you’re comfortable sharing, but storytelling can help you heal. Today, Parijat opens up Delivering Miracles as a platform for high-risk mom’s to share their stories. Our very first brave mom is Khadya Hale.

33: Combating Helplessness During a High-Risk Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of learning how to relinquish control. So many new things are going on in your body and in this episode high-risk pregnancy expert, Parijat Deshpande, helps you combat the feeling of helplessness while these changes are happening. 

32: Be In Charge of Your Healthcare

You HAVE to ask questions! In this episode, Parijat talks about questions the questions you should ask about fertility. She brings on her friend and colleague, Jay Palumbo, to share the questions fertility patients ask her as a fertility advocate. 

31: A Guys Perspective: Q&A with Sonil Mukherjee

In this episode, Parijat brings back her husband, Sonil, to answer your questions — he gives us great insight into his perspective from the other side of a high-risk pregnancy. You guys sent in some really good questions!

30: Ending the Controversy of Jade Eggs

In this episode, I discuss the controversy that is Gwenyth Paltrow’s lifestyle company, Goop, vs. OBGYN Dr. Gunter. When I heard about this I was furious and knew I had to talk about this. Tune in to hear my thoughts!

29: Weird Celebrity Pregnancy Trends

Whether it be Beyonce or Amal Clooney we just can’t get enough of celebrity pregnancies. Something about these huge names going through the same thing the rest of us do is so intriguing. On this episode of Delivering Miracles, Parijat Deshpande discusses different celebrity pregnancies.

27: Tools for a Passionate Marriage and a Powerful Parenting Team

Having a baby is a HUGE life adjustment and can put a strain on your relationship. On this episode of Delivering Miracles, Parijat Deshpande discusses tools for creating a solid marital foundation for the arrival of your baby with special guest Debbie Cherry, licensed marriage and family therapist, and creator of the Passion While Parenting program. Debbie will help arm you with the right tools now so you can have a solid foundation of your marriage once your baby comes home — no matter what happens between now and then. I am so excited to introduce you to Debbie Cherry!

26: Surviving the First Few Weeks of New Motherhood

Today on Delivering Miracles, Parijat Deshpande chats with certified advanced birth doula and postpartum educator Adriana Lozada to discuss new motherhood and share their top tips to prepare you for your first few weeks as a new parent.

25: Combining Prenatal Care with Lifestyle Wellness

There is a whole other side of health that we don’t always hear about – lifestyle wellness. Pills don’t always solve everything! In this episode, Parijat Deshpande discusses why standard prenatal care isn’t always enough during a high-risk pregnancy and the importance of wellness.

24: The Impact of Sleep on Fertility and Pregnancy

Sleep is so important not only for your health and well-being, but for fertility too! In this episode Parijat brings on sleep strategist, coach, colleague, and friend Christine Hansen to talk to us about all things related to sleep, fertility, and pregnancy.

23: Time to Answer your Questions

In this episode, I answer some more of your high-risk pregnancy questions. I’d love to hear from you — if you have any questions you want me to answer on my podcast, just shoot me an e-mail at podcast@parijatdeshpande.com. If you don’t ask you’ll never know!

22: How to be an Empowered Patient

The bottom line is: nobody cares about your baby as much as you. You need to speak up to be your baby’s best advocate because YOU ARE your baby’s best advocate. In this episode, I give you my best tips so you can be an empowered patient.

21: Nutrition and Fertility with Lindsay Dam

On this episode of Delivering Miracles, High Risk Pregnancy Expert, clinically trained therapist and former high risk mother, Parijat Deshpande talks to fertility expert Lindsay Dam about the less thought about causes of miscarriages. They discuss nutrition and digestion and how important these are in avoiding a miscarriage.