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Author: Lynzy Coughlin

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The Motherhood Meets Medicine Podcast is a space that brings all women together. It's for those who hope to be a mom one day, those who are already mothers, and mothers of mothers. This podcast will give you candid, informal interviews on motherhood topics that you can listen to while you're driving to work, folding laundry or whatever else your busy day may bring.


Each week, Your host, Lynzy Coughlin, will be focusing on topics ranging from postpartum issues to feeding babies to managing toddler tantrums. She's bringing in experts with formal training to cover everything motherhood! So grab your coffee and join us for a weekly chat on your time. All are welcome!


Lynzy is a Physician Assistant in the Emergency Department where she has practiced medicine for the last 12 years. You can connect with Lynzy on her Motherhood Life & Style Instagram account, @lynzyandco. This is where you'll have the chance to submit questions for guest experts.
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One in five moms experience postpartum depression and/or postpartum anxiety. Recent research shows that half of moms experience intrusive thoughts during their motherhood journey. Do these statistics surprise you? If you are experiencing any of these mood disorders, you’re most definitely not alone. Today, Dr. Catherine Schmidt is answering all our questions on these topics.   Dr. Catherine Schmidt is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco, California. She specializes in helping women improve their relationships, alleviate anxiety, and cultivate a balanced, fulfilling life.   In this episode we discuss: The difference between baby blues and postpartum depression Intrusive thoughts and how to effectively manage them How and where to seek help with PPD and PPA Post-weaning depression and postpartum rage Whether or not placenta encapsulation has proven benefits   Resources mentioned: Psychology Today Mental Health Resources For Women   Connect with Dr. Catherine: drcatherineschmidt.com  Instagram: @drcatherineschmidt    Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine. For full show notes, head to lynzyandco.com/motherhood-meets-medicine-the-podcast/   Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at patreon.com/motherhoodmeetsmedicine.   Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 
Our guest expert today is Megan Tantillo. Megan is a nurse health coach and founder of Holistic Health Code, an online health coaching practice for women and families. Megan helps women set and achieve health goals, navigate the health system, and get the most out of their health care. She believes that health care should be holistic and rooted in science. Megan is also finishing up her final semester for her Doctorate of Nursing Practice.    Megan and I are talking all about preconception planning and important things to think about when trying for a baby. This conversation can apply to you whether you’re planning your first baby or fifth baby. Megan is a special person in my life because she helped coach me through a time in my life when I was having multiple miscarriages and issues with my cycles.    In this episode we discuss: What preconception planning and care is How women can figure out when they are ovulating Understanding your cycle phases and using it to work with your body rather than against it The steps women should take when thinking about getting pregnant Ovulation kits and whether or not they work Conception for women in their 30s and above Recommended supplements to take when you are trying to get pregnant   Resources mentioned: Cycle chart Download the FAM guide Modern Fertility Ovulation Test Ava Bracelet Fertility Friend App Viral tortilla hack    Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine. For full show notes, head to lynzyandco.com/motherhood-meets-medicine-the-podcast/   Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at patreon.com/motherhoodmeetsmedicine.   Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 
EPISODE 7 Tantrums. They are one of the greatest challenges that come with motherhood and they always seem to occur in the most inconvenient of times. So what in the world do you do to get your child and you through them without escalating the issue even more? We’ll be talking all about this topic and more in today’s episode.    I’m joined by Dr. Becky Kennedy, a clinical psychologist specializing in parenting and resilience. We are chatting about tantrums and how to handle them. As you’ll hear in the episode, the strategies mentioned apply to both toddlers, older kids and adults. There is a lot of information in the episode and I encourage you to find one takeaway that seems manageable for you and your family and start there!    In this episode we discuss: How to self-regulate as adults Triggers that we experience as parents and how to handle them Key in-the-moment tantrum strategies Understanding what a tantrum is and why it occurs The importance of understanding how we were raised as children and how that translates into our own parenting  Managing tantrums when you are caring for multiple children What to do if you and your partner disagree on how you parent Supporting nonverbal children through a tantrum    Dr. Becky's Resources: Deeply Feeling Kids Workshop More courses and workshops IGTV, Laying the Foundation for Resilience: A Video for Skeptical Parents Instagram: @drbeckyathome   Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine. For full show notes, head to lynzyandco.com/motherhood-meets-medicine-the-podcast/   Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at patreon.com/motherhoodmeetsmedicine.   Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 
EPISODE 6 In today’s episode, Dr. Marta Perez and I will be addressing OB complications and how to reduce our anxiety surrounding those. We’ll look at complications during pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum. Dr. Perez’s eight week old baby, Paul, joins in on the conversation as well! With the incredible modern medicine we have now, you’ll hear that complications are common but not typically life-threatening. Hopefully by the end of this conversation, most of your anxieties and fears regarding these complications will be put to rest.   Dr. Perez is a board certified OB-GYN and assistant professor of OB-GYN at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where she works as a laborist exclusively taking care of pregnant patients admitted to the hospital. She has a passion for direct public education on social media. Dr. Perez can be found on Instagram and Youtube providing evidence-based information about pregnancy, birth, postpartum, contraception and more. She enjoys everything fitness, reading, spending time with her husband and dog, and being a new mom.    In this episode we discuss: The most common complications during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum The difference between preeclampsia and eclampsia and who is at risk for it The myths and facts regarding gestational diabetes  Birth trauma and what to do if you experience it The glamorization of birth on social media Having babies after previous birth complications Whether or not you should be concerned to have babies over the age of 35 Epidural complications and how common they really are   Connect with Dr. Perez: Instagram: @dr.martaperez YouTube Channel Website: drmartaperez.com   Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine. For full show notes, head to lynzyandco.com/motherhood-meets-medicine-the-podcast/   Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at patreon.com/motherhoodmeetsmedicine.   Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 
Today we are diving into a rapid fire question and answer session about the COVID vaccines with infectious disease epidemiologist, Jessica Malaty Rivera. Jessica and I both receive numerous questions daily regarding the COVID-19 vaccination. These are questions that so many of you have, so this episode will help us all understand everything more clearly. Jessica will break down the science behind the vaccines and address the theories and myths circulating around them. We will also both share our experiences of being vaccinated.   Jessica has dedicated the last 15 years of her career to infectious disease research, public health policy, and vaccine advocacy. She earned her Masters of Science Degree in emerging infectious diseases from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her specialty is in translating complex scientific concepts into impactful judgement free and accessible information for a diverse audience. She is currently the science communication lead for the COVID tracking project at the Atlantic. She is also a member of the COVID-19 dispersed volunteer research network and an expert contributor for the NBC Bay Area and CNN.   Some of the questions we answer in this episode are: Can the vaccine cause fertility issues? Is the vaccine FDA approved? Which vaccines are available? Which is best to get? Did they skip animal studies during the vaccine trials? If you’ve had the vaccine, should you still get tested after exposure? Can you still develop long-hauler COVID symptoms after receiving the vaccine? How long does the vaccine last? Will we need boosters? How do we know that the vaccine doesn’t have long-term negative effects?  Have there been any confirmed deaths caused by the vaccine? Does the vaccine affect your menstrual cycle and ovulation?  Has it been proven that the vaccine can prevent carrying or transferring COVID to others?   You can connect with Jessica on Instagram @jessicamalatyrivera.   Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine. For full show notes, head to lynzyandco.com/motherhood-meets-medicine-the-podcast/   Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at patreon.com/motherhoodmeetsmedicine.   Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 
Have you ever heard of a pelvic floor physical therapist? If not, this episode is for you. As women, we're often told that peeing your pants and having painful sex during pregnancy or after birth is normal. While it may be common, it doesn't have to be your new normal. Over the years, I've become so passionate about helping women understand how crucial pelvic PTs are, especially during pregnancy and postpartum. Our guest today, Sara Reardon, is an expert on this topic.   Sara Reardon is a doctor of physical therapy graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and board-certified women's health physical therapist. Sara specializes in pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, painful sex, and pregnancy and postpartum recovery. She is the owner of NOLA Pelvic Health, a pelvic health physical therapy clinic in New Orleans, La. and founder of the Vagina Whisperer, an online resource for pelvic health education to support, empower, and education women worldwide. She is a mom to two boys, wife, Saints fan and wanna-be yogi.   In this episode we discuss: What the pelvic floor is and how you can best support it The most common issues seen postpartum pertaining to the pelvic floor When to seek help during pregnancy and postpartum Whether or not you should do exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor Why painful sex occurs during the postpartum period and what you can do about it The correlation between a weak pelvic floor and lower back pain   Resources from this episode: Sara's website: thevaginawhisperer.com Online Telehealth Sessions Pregnancy and Pelvic Floor Fitness Program Find a Pelvic Floor Therapist Online Courses Gumbo Recipe Squatty Potty   Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine. For full show notes, head to lynzyandco.com/motherhood-meets-medicine-the-podcast/   Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at patreon.com/motherhoodmeetsmedicine.   Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 
We know that COVID-19 isn't affecting children in the same way it has affected adults. But exactly how common is COVID-19 in children? Dr. Anita Patel joins me on the podcast to chat about this and other important topics that are not being talked about nearly enough. The topic at hand is MIS-C, which stands for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. We'll answer your questions of what MIS-C is, what the symptoms are, when you should seek attention, and what your visit may be like if your child gets admitted with MIS-C.    Dr. Patel is a pediatric critical care doctor, assistant professor, and NIH funded researcher at Children's National Hospital in addition to being a 500 hour RYT yoga teacher. She uses her social media to show the human side of academic medicine that she so lacked as a medical trainee with a focus on motherhood in medicine, her IVF journey, and the raw difficulties of finding balance in this chaos.   In this episode we discuss: Whether or not children are super spreaders of COVID How many children are being diagnosed with COVID-19 and MIS-C What MIS-C is and how you can detect it in your own children The symptoms of MIS-C and how it is being treated What age groups are developing MIS-C What to expect if your child is admitted for MIS-C in the pediatric ICU   Resources from this episode: American Academy of Pediatrics Article, COVID-19 and Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children   Connect with Dr. Patel: Instagram: @anitakpatelmd TikTok: @anitakpatelmd   Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine. For full show notes, head to lynzyandco.com/motherhood-meets-medicine-the-podcast/   Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at patreon.com/motherhoodmeetsmedicine   Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 
Parents are sent home from the hospital with their newborns without any real training in what to do if their baby chokes. There is nothing more anxiety-ridden than seeing your baby or toddler put a small object in their mouth and not knowing what to do next. Today we're having a discussion to help you feel more empowered and capable of being able to handle situations like these if they arise in the future.   Our guest today shares her experience of saving her young son from choking and the moment she realized that she needed to teach other moms how to do the same. Shannon Tripp is an RN, BSN, mom of four children and an experienced Pediatric ER Nurse. Shannon has taken her passion for motherhood and combined it with her medical training to create an online platform that both educates and inspires mothers around the world. Shannon provides a unique perspective between the need for modern medicine balanced with natural alternatives. Shannon is a Utah native currently living with her family in Puerto Rico.   In this episode we discuss: The best way parents or caregivers can save a child from choking Some of the most common items children choke on The different between gagging and choking, specifically when practicing baby led weaning Where you can find online trainings to learn what to do in an emergency situation Teaching your children to eat safely when it is age appropriate   Resources from this episode: Shannon's FREE 3-day live workshop (March 16-18) teaching the lifesaving skills all parents should know (i.e. CPR, choking, head injuries, etc.). Visit shantripp.com for more information Instagram: @shantripp Mastering Medical Emergencies for Moms   Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine. For full show notes, head to lynzyandco.com/motherhood-meets-medicine-the-podcast.   Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at patreon.com/motherhoodmeetsmedicine   Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 
Today we're chatting all about one of the most common motherhood topics: breastfeeding. As a first time mom, the idea of breastfeeding can come with a lot of pressure. Despite being told it's the most natural thing we can do, when it comes time to feed our baby for the first time it can feel like the total opposite. While there isn't anything you can do to physically prepare your body for breastfeeding, educating yourself on what to expect can make all the difference.   My guest today is easing some of the anxieties that are formed around breastfeeding and answering all kinds of common questions so that you can feel more prepared during those first few weeks of feeding your baby. Karrie Locher is a postpartum and nursery RN and mama to 3 young babies. She loves educating on all things motherhood including breastfeeding, babies, postpartum care, and mental health. Karrie and I are breaking down the difficulties that come with breastfeeding and how to handle some of the challenges that moms face.   In this episode we discuss: Ways to gently wake up a sleeping newborn to feed Common mistakes new mothers face while breastfeeding How to help your baby get a good latch Helpful tips on what to do if you have an oversupply or undersupply of milk Whether or not you should avoid alcohol while nursing What to do about clogged ducts and how to avoid them Understanding what hunger cues are and knowing what to look for The difference between hindmilk and foremilk   Resources mentioned in this episode: Sunflower lecithin Milk storage bags Nipple shield APNO Cream (All-Purpose Nipple Ointment)   Connect with Karrie: Website: karingforpostpartum.com Instagram: @karrie_locher Postpartum Courses   Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine. For full show notes, head to lynzyandco.com/motherhood-meets-medicine-the-podcast/   Join the Motherhood Meets Medicine community at patreon.com/motherhoodmeetsmedicine   Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 
Welcome to Motherhood Meets Medicine, a podcast created for those seek support while navigating motherhood. We'll cover topics that pertain to your physical and mental health as well as parenting tips and tricks.   Each week, we'll have a new interview with experts from the medical field. These conversations will be laid back, fun, and informative!    The first three episodes will be live on March 3, 2021. Go ahead and subscribe so you'll always stay up to date on the latest episodes! You can come connect with me over on Instagram @motherhoodmeetsmedicine.    Disclaimer: This podcast does not provide medical advice. The information on this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 
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