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Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey

Author: Laura Birek, Shanna Micko

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Big Fat Positive is a smart and funny podcast about two best friends who found out they were pregnant at the same time. The show follows the moms-to-be on their journey through pregnancy and into new motherhood, week by week. With weekly check-ins, special guests and segments such as "OMG I’m Freaking Out," hosts Shanna Micko & Laura Birek recount the often hilarious and always honest highs and lows of being a pregnant woman and new mom.

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Ep. 1: Introductions

Ep. 1: Introductions

2018-08-0724:09

Shanna and Laura kick off their brand new podcast by introducing themselves, checking in on their pregnancies this week, discussing what pregnancy related topics they searched for recently, and divulging their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 8 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 12 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-1/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In Episode 2 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Shanna reports on her first trimester screening, and Laura discusses how her geneticist mom encouraged her to do comprehensive genetic testing. The moms-to-be also discuss what pregnancy related topics they freaked out about recently and divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 9 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 13 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-2/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
Ep. 3: The Big Reveal

Ep. 3: The Big Reveal

2018-08-2719:073

In Episode 3 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Laura reveals the sex of her baby, and Shanna discusses becoming an even more geriatric mother than she was before. The moms-to-be also discuss fun and unusual pregnancy facts they learned recently and divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 10 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 14 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-3/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In Episode 4 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Shanna discusses being a bundle of nerves at her second trimester screening, and Laura talks about dealing with a tragedy while pregnant. Also, things get wacky as Shanna and Laura discuss what’s going down in the online baby forums - hormones and husbands and dogs, oh my! The moms-to-be also divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 11 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 15 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-4/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In Episode 5 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Laura talks about going to her nuchal translucency (NT) scan, and Shanna discusses how she “popped” this week. In the segment, “OMG I’m Freaking Out!” the moms-to-be discuss what pregnancy related issues they freaked out about recently. Finally, they divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 12 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 16 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-5/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In Episode 6 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Shanna admits that her appetite is out of control, and Laura discusses being at the tail-end of the first trimester. Also, things get wacky as Shanna and Laura discuss what’s going down in the online baby forums. The moms-to-be divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 13 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 17 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-6/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In Episode 7 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Laura talks about her recent babymoon to Hawaii, and Shanna describes feeling her baby move. Also, embarrassment abounds as Shanna and Laura admit the pregnancy topics they Googled this week. The moms-to-be also divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 14 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 18 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-7/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In Episode 8 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Shanna and Laura discover that they both have anterior placentas, discuss fascinating (and cheesy) facts about their developing fetuses, and dig into the topic of pregnancy cravings. Laura is 15 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 19 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-8/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
Shanna and Laura dive into their first Big Topic - how to decide if you want kids. Shanna reports on her 20 week anatomy scan, and Laura discusses getting parenting advice from friends. The pregnant moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 16 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 20 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-9/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
Shanna and Laura interview nurse midwife and fellow pregnant person Teresa Keirns! Teresa reveals what’s it’s like to be pregnant while delivering babies. Laura and Shanna both report on being sick while pregnant this week, and the three moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 17 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 21 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-10/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In a new segment called “Stump the Preggo,” Shanna and Laura test each other’s knowledge with pregnancy-related trivia. Laura reports on residual morning sickness that has attached itself to one of her favorite hobbies, and Shanna talks about telling her daughter that she’s pregnant. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 18 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 22 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-11/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In this week’s “Big Topic,” Laura discusses her journey of trying to conceive. Shanna discusses coming out with her pregnancy on social media, and Laura talks about the joys of nesting. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 19 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 23 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-12/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In the segment “What I Googled This Week,” Laura and Shanna divulge the embarrassing pregnancy issues they asked the internet about. Shanna talks about being shocked at seeing her large, pregnant belly in the dressing-room mirror, and Laura reports on her 20-week anatomy scan. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 20 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 24 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-13/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
Shanna and Laura interview pharmacist and fellow pregnant person Keri Hurley-Kim! Keri discusses her area of expertise: vaccinations. Laura discusses how she feels when people tell her “congrats” about her pregnancy, and Shanna reports on fetal kicks and punches. The three moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 21 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 25 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-14/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In the segment “They Said What?!” Laura and Shanna discuss what shocking or ridiculous things people have said to them about pregnancy. Shanna talks about being a hot, pregnant mess, and Laura reports on her interview with a doula. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 22 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 26 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-15/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In the segment “OMG I’m Freaking Out,” Laura and Shanna discuss what they are stressing out about this week in their pregnancies. Laura talks about being weirded out by her baby’s movements, and Shanna reports on her gestational diabetes test. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 23 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 27 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-16/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
Laura and Shanna dive into the topic of Halloween costumes for pregnant ladies. Also, Shanna talks about her upcoming baby sprinkle, Laura reports on clearing out her non-maternity clothes, and things get wacky in the segment “Internet Insanity,” in which they discuss what’s going down online in the world of pregnancy. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 24 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 28 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-17/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
Embarrassment abounds in the segment “What I Googled This Week,” as Shanna and Laura admit the pregnancy topics they recently asked the Internet about. Also, the moms-to-be discuss feeling overwhelmed during the third trimester, baby kicks and more, and they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 25 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 29 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-18/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
In the new segment, “Checkin’ the Inbox,” Laura and Shanna answer a listener question about an unsavory bodily function and tell a listener story about an unsavory stranger’s behavior. Also, the moms-to-be discuss getting the house ready for baby, talk about making pregnancy friends and reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 26 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 30 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-19/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
Ep. 20: Gratitude Slam!

Ep. 20: Gratitude Slam!

2018-11-1929:181

In honor of Thanksgiving, Shanna and Laura give up the pregnancy grousing and battle it out in a Gratitude Slam! Also, the moms-to-be discuss lightning crotch, pelvic nightmares, and current maternity anxieties. They also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 27 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 31 weeks pregnant.| This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-20/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/
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Presantha Pillay

I didn't like this guest. She doesn't seem very kind and is being very judgemental about the gender thing. She seems a bit angry and defensive.

Feb 18th
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Presantha Pillay

In South Africa all mums get up to six months paid maternity leave and their jobs are secure until they go back to work. South Africa has amazing laws to protect and take care of women. This includes Australia, New Zealand... Etc...

Feb 6th
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