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When Heidi Murkoff wrote the book ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’, she was pregnant with her daughter Emma. Her mission was simple: to help parents know what to expect, every step of the way. That mission has grown to include the world's bestselling pregnancy and parenting series and most popular pregnancy and parenting app. Now, Emma is a mom too—and they’re teaming up on the ‘What To Expect’ podcast to help you navigate your entire journey, from conception, to pregnancy, to the first years of parenting. Heidi and Emma break down your biggest questions, interview famous moms, and cover the issues you need to know about—from healthcare to childcare to maternal leave. Nothing is TMI, and nothing is off-limits! For more from Heidi and Emma, find them at @HeidiMurkoff, @EmmaBingWTE and @WhatToExpect.

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Pregnancy comes with a lot of questions, including some that may feel super personal. Not to worry: that's completely normal! This week, Heidi and Emma give unfiltered answers to real questions from What to Expect community moms — and nothing is off limits. From pregnancy sex to what goes on during labor and delivery to all-things vagina care, get clarity on your top "TMI" pregnancy questions by listening to this helpful conversation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Starting Solids

Starting Solids

2021-06-0231:25

It’s one of the most momentous (and messy) milestones of the first year: starting solids. But as you think about baby’s first bite, you’re probably wondering what exactly that first bite should be… not to mention exactly how and when you should be serving it up. This week, Heidi and Emma cover everything you need to know about starting solids, from the questions to ask your pediatrician, to baby led weaning, to the best first foods to try and concerns about allergies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
You all know that Heidi loves answering your pregnancy questions! This week, Heidi is joined by What To Expect Community Director, Sara Stefanik. Sara has collected the most popular questions from the What To Expect community for Heidi - everything from symptoms, to labor and delivery, to the safety of some of your favorite things, like hair dye and blue cheese. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Pelvic floor Physical Therapist, ‘The Vagina Whisperer’, Sara Reardon is back! This week, she joins Heidi to cover everything you need to know about postpartum recovery. How much pain is normal, and what can you do to find relief? How can you take the fear out of the first poop, and optimize postpartum bladder control? And what about getting back to sex and exercise? Whether you have a vaginal delivery or a c-section, this episode is full of tips, tricks, and information that will empower you to prioritize healthy healing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Your pelvic floor is a hammock of muscles that support your vagina, uterus, bladder, and bowels - and not surprisingly, your pelvic floor muscles are pivotal during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Pee when you laugh or cough? Had back, hip, pelvic or pubic pain or pressure? That’s likely your pelvic floor muscles talking. This week, Heidi is joined by ‘The Vagina Whisperer’, pelvic floor Physical Therapist, Sara Reardon. Heidi and Sara cover everything you need to know about managing your most common pregnancy aches and pains, the truth about kegels, preparing your body for a smooth labor and delivery, and so much more Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Live Community Q&A!

Live Community Q&A!

2021-05-0545:36

In honor of Mother’s Day week, Heidi is joined by 5 pregnant moms from across the country to answer their biggest pregnancy and parenting questions. They cover visitors and germs, gestational diabetes, picking the right doctor, the truth about morning sickness, and so much more! Heidi and the What To Expect family are wishing the entire community a happy and healthy Mother’s Day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Whether it’s pregnancy pimples, rashes, sensitivity, an itchy belly, or stretch marks - most expectant mothers can expect their skin to change. This week, Heidi is joined by dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu to break down your biggest pregnancy skin problems, the solutions she recommends to her patients, and the ingredients she wants you to steer clear of during pregnancy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
You’ve been so focused on your new baby - but what will your new baby mean for your relationship? This week, Heidi and Emma are joined by Clinical Psychologist and Couples Therapist, Dr. Tracy Dalgleish. Together, they break down how to prepare for and maintain a healthy relationship after baby - from maintaining intimacy, to preventing resentment, and learning to communicate and work as a team to parent your new little bundle of joy.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
The heavy lift of pregnancy - and the possibly even heavier lift of labor and delivery - is over, and your baby is finally here. But what can you expect when it comes to postpartum symptoms? Heidi and Emma break down the biggest postpartum symptoms, surprises, and how to prepare. From the dreaded fundal massage, to what you need to know about breastfeeding, bleeding, night sweats, peeing and pooping - nothing is off-limits. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Deena Margolin and Kristin Gallant are the moms behind ‘Big Little Feelings’—a research-based, online resource for parents to reign in the chaos and raise happy kids. This week, Deena and Kristin join Heidi and Emma to answer your biggest questions about toddler emotions and behavior. From how to handle tantrums to navigating bath time, screen time, and picky eaters, this honest conversation will empower you to take all of those big little feelings in stride. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
There are plenty of symptoms you expect during pregnancy—from nausea to cravings to puffy ankles. But what about the symptoms you might not expect? This week, Heidi and Emma turn to the What To Expect community to hear about the pregnancy symptoms that surprised them most. Find out why the most unexpected symptoms happen by trimester (metal mouth, skin changes, and nosebleeds, anyone?), and what you can do about them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Every expectant parent goes through the process of finding a pediatrician for their baby. But when and where do you start? What questions should you ask? This week, Heidi is joined by board certified pediatrician, Dr. Lauren Crosby, to talk through how to find the baby doctor that’s right for you and your baby. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Chrissy Lawler is a licensed therapist, baby sleep specialist, and a mom of 4 kids. This week, she joins Heidi to take the fear and anxiety out of baby sleep. Heidi and Chrissy answer your biggest questions about newborn sleep, give tips and tricks to help your baby learn to sleep, and Chrissy talks through her gentle sleep training method – without relying on “cry it out”. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Anna Victoria is a fitness trainer who has shared her pregnancy and parenting journey with millions. This week, she joins Heidi to talk openly about her journey to parenthood, which included infertility, IVF, and her unexpectedly difficult labor and delivery. She also reveals what it’s been like parenting her 6-month-old daughter, Aurora, during the pandemic, and what she wants every woman to know about exercise during and after pregnancy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
It’s one of the most important purchases you’ll make for your baby - a car seat. This week, Heidi is joined by pediatrician Dr. Alisa Baer, known as ‘The Car Seat Lady’. Alisa breaks down how to choose a car seat that will work for your car and your lifestyle, how to know if it’s installed correctly, and the best ways to make sure your baby is buckled in safely. Heidi and Alisa also tackle the biggest questions from the WTE community, including the differences between an infant seat and a convertible seat, the truth about car seat mirrors, and the surprising ways to know if your child has outgrown their car seat. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Have you ever noticed that being pregnant seems to give everyone license to offer unsolicited advice? And make comments about everything from your habits to your body? This week, Heidi and Emma are turning to the What To Expect community for the most shocking things they’ve heard while expecting. And, listeners are also sharing the best advice and comments they’ve received about pregnancy and parenting, from the inspirational to the practical. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dr. Richard Besser is the former acting director for the CDC, and is currently president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He’s also a pediatrician. This week, he joins Heidi to answer your biggest questions about vaccines. Dr. Besser explains how vaccines are tested for safety, along with the latest recommendations on the Covid-19 vaccine and pregnancy. Heidi and Dr. Besser also cover the maternal and childhood vaccines you ask about most—from the flu shot, to the TDAP, to the first year of vaccinations for your baby. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Most parents make a lot of purchases when they’re expecting their first baby. But how much baby stuff do you really need? This week, Heidi and Emma break down the most important newborn and postpartum necessities, the best baby products to get as hand-me-downs, and the things you can wait on—or save your money on. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Choosing a Baby Name

Choosing a Baby Name

2021-02-0332:19

It’s one of the first big decisions you’ll make for your baby—their name. This week, Heidi and Emma break down the biggest baby name trends, and everything from how to deal with opinions from family, to the biggest questions and best baby name advice from the What To Expect community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
The crib is assembled, the car seat is installed, and those tiny onesies are washed and folded. But babies don’t come with instruction manuals, like cribs and car seats do. This week, pediatrician Dr. Lauren Crosby joins Heidi for a “bringing baby home” bootcamp. From the most common questions she hears from new parents, to baby’s first trip out, to what to expect in those early diapers, this episode will prepare you for those first few weeks with your newborn. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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