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The Ultimate Baby Podcast

English, Parenting, 1 season, 52 episodes, 2 days, 4 minutes
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Marni Wasserman's journey into motherhood began after going through a natural pregnancy and home birth. She's here to share her experiences and what she is learning along the way as a mom committed to health. Through solo shows and guest interviews you are going to get the best information on mom and baby wellness. Marni will be covering a wide variety of topics including natural fertility, clean diet and necessary supplements, having a positive pregnancy experience, discovering alternative interventions, breastfeeding benefits, building a birth team, postpartum healing, starting solids foods, raising healthy eaters, and so much more. She will empower and educate other moms and moms to-be to approach motherhood in the most natural way possible and of course, learn what it takes to raise the ultimate baby!
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052: Life Update + Sneak Peek at Upcoming Episodes

In this episode, I want to give you a little glimpse into my life and update what has happened over the last few months. With sickness, injuries, birthdays, postponing our family vacation to Disney World, and starting a new online course my life has been hectic and very stressful. I wanted to take a moment to bring you up to speed and to let you know that more incredible episodes and interviews will be coming soon! Highlights from this episode: The never-ending cold season Hayden’s accident Postponing our Disney World vacation Night weaning strategies Work with me! New season starts in September Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off Stress Support when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Boiron Optique 1 - Homeopathic Eye Drops Lesli D. Mitchell - Sally Weans from Night Nursing (book) Oh Baby Nutrition Listen to TUB042: Transitioning from Milk to Meals with Luka McCabe Luka McCabe - Boob to Food Contact Me for 1-on-1 Pregnancy, Postpartum & Baby Nutrition Coaching Listen to TUB017: How to Be Your Own Doctor Mom with Dr. Elana Roumell Dr. Elana Roumell aka Doctor Mom Autumn Smith co-founder of Paleovalley Paleovalley - Save 15% off all Palevalley products, discount applied at checkout by clicking this link: paleovalley.com/ultimatebaby Meredith Ethington (Perfect Pending) Nita Sharda from Happy Healthy Eaters Ryan McFarland from Strider Bikes Shelly Patularu (Twin Mom Guide) The Ultimate Health Podcast with Jesse Chappus Subscribe to Jesse Chappus/The Ultimate Health Podcast YouTube Channel Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
4/3/202435 minutes, 49 seconds
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051: How to Navigate Tiny Human Meltdowns, Tantrums, and Defiance with Alyssa Blask Campbell

This interview couldn’t be coming out at a better time when toddler meltdowns and tantrums have the potential to be at their peak over the holidays. With late nights, more sugar than usual, overstimulation, and just the excitement of the holidays. So there is no greater guest to have on the show than Alyssa Blask Campbell, author of Tiny Humans, Big Emotions. Alyssa has a master’s degree in early childhood education, is the the CEO of Seed and Sew, and is an established podcaster and influencer. She has been featured as an emotional development expert in numerous national publications. In this conversation, we share the best ways to navigate big emotions from the tiny humans in our life by using a collaborative approach and working with your little one rather than against them. Its not just about regulating their emotions but ours as well. We get into the nitty gritty of emotional intelligence and what that means, how to not react with our default mode when our child has a tantrum, how to respond with intention, the difference between guilt and shame, and how to find calm in your childs storm while setting healthy boundaries. You are going to get so much out of this episode.  Highlights from this episode: Alyssa’s teaching experience to writing Tiny Humans, Big Emotions The 5 components of the Collaborative Emotion Processing Method How to move with regulation and respond with intention Setting boundaries = setting expectations How do we breed connection during difficult moments? Knowing when to shift a boundary to build trust & connection It’s ok to apologize and acknowledge your mistakes Pausing can transform stressful situations Building emotional intelligence kids How to navigate meltdowns and tantrums What is your child trying to communicate? Signs of dysregulation in a child It’s never too late to start shifting your behaviour Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off Stress Support when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Sunshine Mattress Co. - Save 10% off when you use the code Marni10 at checkout Sunday Farms - Save 20% off your 1st two orders when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Alyssa Blask Campbell, Lauren Elizabeth Stauble - Tiny Humans, Big Emotions (book) Alyssa Blask Campbell’s website (Seed & Sew) Follow Alyssa Blask Campbell (Seed & Sew) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Voices of Your Village Podcast with Seed & Sew The Reggio Emilia Approach Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
12/20/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 11 seconds
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050: How an IVF Journey Led to the Creation of the Cleanest Toothpaste with Kori Estrada Co-Founder of RiseWell

Kori Estrada, co-founder of RiseWell is disrupting the oral care industry with an all-natural, sustainable brand that prioritizes safe ingredients and transparency. Driven by her personal experiences with celiac disease and IVF struggles, Kori's dedication to overall health and wellness led her, along with two other partners to create dentist-formulated products that are free from harmful chemicals like fluoride, sulfates, and synthetic additives. In our conversation, we get into the details of Kori’s IVF journey, the importance of using clean wellness products in and on your body during pregnancy. We discuss the confusion about fluoride and why it's harmful to your health. Learn what hydroxyapatite toothpaste is and how it can transform your teeth and oral health. Also, learn why your toothpaste shouldn’t foam, how to choose a safer floss, and the importance of getting your kids to start brushing their teeth early and how you can support them!  Highlights from this episode: A ketogenic diet improves PCOS & fertility Kori’s IVF journey Healthy tips to increase your IVF success Creating RiseWell non-toxic oral care products The negative effects of fluoride What is hydroxyapatite? Xylitol improves oral health Top ingredients to avoid in toothpaste! Is glycerin in toothpaste a concern? The challenge with clay-based toothpaste Brushing tips for babies to big kids Use teflon-free floss Spreading holistic oral care awareness Show sponsor: The Balanced Market - (use the code ultimatebaby to save $10 off your order of $100 or more) Needed - Save 20% off Egg Quality Support when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates RiseWell - Save 10% off when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout (US only) Follow RiseWell on Facebook and Instagram RMA IVF Clinic Dr. Stephen Wasserman Mountain Valley Spring Water AquaTru ultimatehealth at checkout Dr. Mark Burhenne (Ask the Dentist) Ask the Dentist with Dr. Mark Burhenne - Episode #65: Glycerin in Toothpaste: What you Need to Know (podcast) RiseWell - Beware Of False Claims About Glycerin In Toothpaste! (article) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
12/6/202359 minutes, 13 seconds
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049: How a Healthy Foundation Can Reduce Your Child’s Risk of Asthma, Eczema and Allergies with Michelle Henning

Michelle Henning is a certified Nutrition & Health Coach, writer, and graduate of the Irish Institute of Nutrition & Health. She is the author of “Grow Healthy Babies”, a practical, easy guide for expecting parents. Michelle is on a mission to help her clients raise happier, healthier, more cooperative, and more resilient children - who stay close to their parents as they grow. We had an amazing conversation discussing how to set a healthy foundation for your kids to help them avoid the most common ailments like allergies, asthma and eczema. We discuss what you can start doing while you are pregnant and in the early years when introducing solids to your little ones. We also get into the importance of building microbiome diversity, how and why we want to avoid antibiotics if we can, making it a priority to reduce household chemicals, which essential supplements to include for your kids, and how to prevent picky eating in toddlerhood.  Highlights from this episode: Reducing toxins can improve allergies, asthma & eczema Doulas offer home birth support Baby wipes play a role in developing food allergies Michelle shares her premature birth story to teenage health struggles Friluftsliv: the Norwegian philosophy for health The importance of building a healthy microbiome The overuse of antibiotics + how it affects your immunity Introducing fermented foods into your child’s diet Practical tips for fussy eaters Start improving your child’s flavour memories Breastfeeding helps babies fight infections The peaceful parenting approach Show sponsor: Sunday Farms - Save 20% off your 1st two orders when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Sunshine Mattress Co. - Save 10% off when you use the code Marni10 at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Michelle Henning’s website (Grow Healthy Babies) Follow Michelle Henning (Grown Happy Kids) on Instagram Michelle Henning & Victor Henning Ph.D. - Grow Healthy Babies (book) Scott C. Anderson, John F. Cryan - The Psychobiotic Revolution (book) Dr. Laura Markham - Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids (book) Aha! Parenting Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
11/22/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 3 seconds
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048: Toss the Toxins & Boost Fertility with Allison Evans and Kelly Love

Today I am chatting with Allison Evans and Kelly Love, co-founders of Branch Basics, Non-Toxic Cleaning Products. They are committed to helping families experience the power of pure living by removing toxic chemicals from the home. They will inspire you to swap out toxins in your home for simple, clean products that don’t negatively impact your health. Once you toss the toxins you will boost your fertility and improve all aspects of your health and well-being. Highlights from this episode: Allison’s fertility & health struggles Why Kelly tossed the toxins Symptoms are a warning sign Pesticides have no place in your home Where can you dispose toxic chemicals? Non-toxic is not a regulated term Synthetic fragrances disrupt hormones The 2 most toxic chemicals to ditch today! Educate kids to empower them How to create a healthy home It’s never too late to start healing What is Branch Basics made of? Allison & Kelly’s birth stories Show sponsor: The Balanced Market - (use the code ultimatebaby to save $10 off your order of $100 or more) Needed - Save 20% off your 1st order of prenatal supplements when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Branch Basics - Save 15% off when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Follow Branch Basics on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Thrive Market - Join Thrive Market and get a FREE gift valued up to $60 + 30% off first order Earth911 Environmental Working Group (EWG) Lesser Evil Popcorn Smart Sweets Toss the Toxins course Austin Area Birthing Center Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
11/8/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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047: How to Get More Sleep Without Sleep Training with Brittni Mella Cepeda

Brittni Mella Cepeda is a certified infant sleep specialist and owner of Resting in Motherhood. She supports families with baby & toddler sleep without using any form of sleep training. Brittni is passionate about educating families on biologically normal infant & toddler sleep and helping them make changes in a gentle and respectful way.  In this deep dive conversation, Brittni shares how to help your little ones get more sleep without using traditional sleep training methods. Brittni is on a mission to normalize infant sleep. She will help you understand that babies wake up multiple times at night and that is perfectly normal. Learn how to manage frequent night wakings and big emotions in the wee hours of the morning. You will also get a glimpse of what sleep looks like for us in our home with two toddlers. Highlights from this episode: Normalize baby sleep Babies wake up every 2-3 hours at night Debunking the fear of SIDS and bed-sharing Babies communicate through crying Supporting emotions is healthy Sleep (regressions) progressions are linked to brain development Brittni’s breastfeeding journey with her daughter When to start parent-led night weaning Strategies for night weaning while co-sleeping Consistency is important Baby-led approach to sleep vs. sleep training There’s no “perfect” bedtime routine Brittni shares her solo parenting experience Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off Sleep + Relaxation Support when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout (note: find under shop products) Sunshine Mattress Co. – Save 10% off when you use the code Marni10 at checkout Sunday Farms - Save 20% off your 1st two orders when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Brittni Cepeda's website (Resting In Motherhood) Follow Brittni Cepeda (Resting In Motherhood) on Instagram Robert Bucknam M.D., Gary Ezzo M.A. - On Becoming Babywise (book) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
10/25/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 5 seconds
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046: Getting to the Root of Eczema and How to Heal Naturally with Dr. Ana-Maria Temple (The Eczema Lady)

In this episode, I am chatting with Dr. Ana-Maria Temple (The Eczema Lady), a board-certified pediatrician. She has been treating kids for 18+ years, practicing in a traditional model for 10 years until transitioning to a holistic approach where she has changed thousands of children's lives. She is known for her extensive experience in the treatment of eczema and other childhood autoimmune diseases. In our conversation today, I am sharing my experience dealing with my son's eczema. We discuss all the factors we have control over in addition to the ones we don't. The impact of gluten, dairy, histamine-containing foods, antibiotics, and why topical steroids are not the answer to heal eczema long-term. You will learn so much from this conversation, and I hope it helps many families dealing with eczema.  Highlights from this episode: Could mold and yeast be causing eczema? Hypochlorous acid is good for eczema Dr. Ana-Maria’s approach to cutting out dairy & eggs Foods high in histamines Supplement recommendations for eczema What age does eczema start in kids? Pregnancy is an inflammatory condition Steroid creams don’t heal the root cause The long-term impact of antibiotic use Red light therapy for treating eczema Show sponsor: Lumebox - Save $250 off (discount applied at checkout) The Balanced Market - (use the code ultimatebaby to save $10 off your order of $100 or more) Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Dr. Ana-Maria Temple - Ending the Eczema Epidemic (book) Dr. Ana-Maria Temple's website Follow Dr. Ana-Maria Temple on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube Listen to TUB039: Revamp Your Child’s Immune System and Prevent Chronic Disease with Dr. Ana-Maria Temple Dr. Ana-Maria's - Heal Your Child's Eczema Naturally (course) Active Skin Repair (use the code ultimatebaby to save $10 off your order of $100 or more) Entegro Health - Flourish Original (use the code ultimatebaby to save $10 off your order of $100 or more) Earthley - All Purpose Salve Stick (use the code ultimatebaby to save $10 off your order of $100 or more) Pure Encapsulations - Zinc Henry’s Homestead - Healing Salve Joovv (use our link to get a free gift with purchase) Lumebox - Save $250 off (discount applied at checkout) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
10/11/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 45 seconds
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045: Non-Toxic Sleep Solutions with Laura Di Lorenzo Founder of Sunshine Mattress Co.

This week I'm chatting with Laura Di Lorenzo, founder of Sunshine Mattress Co. an online organic mattress experience that focuses on solving individual needs, concerns, and preferences. Sunshine products are handcrafted locally in Canada at a family-run facility that specializes in manufacturing organic mattresses and other textiles. Laura's mission is to educate on the importance of high-quality and non-toxic products that you can feel good about sleeping in every night. In this informative chat, learn why big box store mattresses are not the way to go, and how polyurethane can negatively impact your health from allergies, eczema, fertility, and skin issues. You will also learn about what natural and non-toxic alternatives are available to start upgrading your bedroom and the quality of your sleep today!  Highlights from this episode: How Sunshine Mattress Co. started Polyurethane foam (aka memory foam) is toxic What big box store mattresses are doing to your health Uncovering the deception in the organic industry Sleep is not a “one size fits all” approach Adjustable organic adult mattresses How a wool topper transforms your sleep Sleep hygiene tips for the whole family Sleep tips during pregnancy Why regular vacuuming is important Show sponsor: Sunshine Mattress Co. - Save 10% off when you use the code Marni10 at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Sunshine Mattress Co. - Save 10% off when you use the code Marni10 at checkout Follow Sunshine Mattress Co. on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Dormio Organic Beds Dyson Vacuum Austin Air Filter Jaspr AirDoctor ultimatehealth at checkout Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
9/27/202355 minutes, 53 seconds
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044: Your Questions Answered: Toddler Weaning, Screen Time & Nutritious Meal Ideas

In this kickoff episode, I'm back to answer your thoughtful questions. After a long pause in podcasting, I'm excited to dive right into talking about how to increase your milk supply, the transition from one to two children, building healthy immunity, attachment parenting, postpartum must-haves, and so much more. Highlights from this episode: Preconception planning starts now How to live a non-toxic life Transitioning out of breastfeeding Challenges of weaning a toddler Simple ways to increase milk supply How to navigate boundaries with family The beauty of transitioning from 1 to 2 kids Potty learning tips for your toddler What we feed our 2 kids Our approach to dietary requests at daycare Navigating food at parties Build your child’s immune system Different ways to boost your child’s nutrient absorption Recommendations for toddler meal ideas Transitioning your baby or toddler to a floor bed Our attachment parenting approach to sleep Thoughts on freebirth The pros and cons of placenta encapsulation Childbirth stories are inspiring and empowering Postpartum must-haves Use screen time as a healthy routine tool Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Listen to TUB003: Natural Preconception Planning Listen to TUB019: How to Optimize Fertility with Andrea Grace Listen to TUB026: My Breastfeeding Journey & What I Wish I Knew Before Holle Goat Milk Formula Rumina Naturals - Milk Aplenty Listen to TUB043: How We Approached Potty Training Lovebird Cereal - Grain-Free O’s Siete Grain-Free Taco Shells Simple Mills Crackers Siete Grain-Free Tortilla Chips A Real Treat ebook Smart Sweets Little Warrior Nutrition - Calcium Crusade: Organic Kale and Collards Powder Little Warrior Nutrition - Zinc Shield: Wild Oyster Powder Little Warrior Nutrition - Iodine-O-Might: Organic Kelp Powder Listen to TUB014: Starting Your Baby on Solids & The Benefits of Baby-Led Weaning with Angela Wallace Listen to TUB029: How to Set Boundaries and Deal with “Fussy” Eating with Angela Wallace Listen to TUB020: Balancing Pregnancy and Postpartum As a Successful Entrepreneur with Nikole Goncalves Listen to TUB034: Creating An Adventurous Eater Right From the Start with Nikole Goncalves The BabyNut Cookbook - use the code Marni15 at checkout Nikole Goncalves - The HealthNut Cookbook Happy Healthy Eaters - Save 15% off when you use the code ultimatebaby Listen to TUB035: Floor Beds, Toddler Naps, and Baby Sleep Follow Dr. Ana-Maria Temple (The Eczema Lady) Somavedic (use the code ultimatehealth to save 10% off) Graceful Birth Doula Services (placenta encapsulation) Listen to TUB042: Transitioning From Milk to Meals with Luka McCabe Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
9/13/20231 hour, 52 seconds
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043: How We Approached Potty Training

We are now on the other side of this exciting milestone, as our 3-year-old daughter is now potty trained. It wasn’t and (still) isn’t a linear process. We did so many things to encourage her to use the potty and so many things we didn’t do that are "typically" recommended. We ultimately followed her lead and our gut instincts and have no regrets about our approach. I am excited to share what this looked like for us and provide helpful tips and insights to guide you on your potty training journey.  Highlights from this episode: Our decision to postpone daycare for Hayden How we approached potty training Sarelle’s introduction to potty training at daycare Pay attention to your child’s potty cues Explore your potty training options Sarelle’s decision to pee in the potty Why toddlers don’t want to poop in the potty Potty accidents are inevitable Talk to your child about going poop Tips to get started potty training Navigating public washrooms Hayden’s early exposure to potty training What is elimination communication? Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off Egg Quality Support when you use the code ultimatebaby20 at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Dreambaby EZY - Potty Training Seat BabyBjörn Smart Potty PeapodMats Waterproof Bed Mat Big Little Feelings Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Potty Time Toy ZOOCCHINI 100% Organic Cotton Potty Training Pants Sabrina Moyle & Eunice Moyle - Super Pooper and Whizz Kid (book) James Dean & Kimberly Dean - Potty Time with Pete the Kitty (book) Leslie Patricelli - Potty (book) Jim Harbison & Nicole Sulgit - We Poop on the Potty (book) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
3/22/202339 minutes, 22 seconds
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042: Transitioning From Milk to Meals with Luka McCabe

In this episode, we talk about transitioning your little one from milk to solid foods. There are so many things to consider when introducing your baby to whole foods and how to make sure they are getting what they need nutrient-wise. Luka McCabe provides so much knowledge and inspiration to mama’s to trust their intuition and choose the healthiest foods for their babe. Highlights from this episode: Luka’s inspiration for starting Boob to Food When to start solid foods Why Luka doesn’t recommend rice cereals for babies Introducing nutrient-dense foods The benefits of both baby-led weaning and puree foods Transitioning from puree to finger foods Is your baby gagging or choking? + What to do Supplement recommendations if your baby is being raised plant-based vegan Luka’s approach to weaning off breastmilk or formula The best sources of calcium Tips for an early introduction to allergenic foods Combining foods to make a balanced meal Understanding rashes, food sensitivities, and anaphylactic allergies Is food dropping/throwing a phase? What is an “I don’t want it plate”? The division of responsibility Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off Hydration Support when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Listen to TUB041: Twelve Lessons in the First Year of Two Kids Under Three Luka McCabe - Milk to Meals (book) Luka McCabe's website (Boob to Food) Follow Luka McCabe (Boob to Food) on Instagram Oh Baby Nutrition Solid Starts Solid Starts app Le Puree Marni Wasserman - Plant-Based Diet for Dummies (book) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
1/25/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 37 seconds
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041: Twelve Lessons in the First Year of Two Kids Under Three

As the year comes to a close, I figured it was a good time to share some lessons I have learned and some truths that have surfaced over the last year with two kids under three. Life with two kids is busy, crazy, exciting, and exhausting. I know all mamas will be able to relate to these twelve (+ two bonus) lessons. Whether you are about to become a first-time or second-time parent, I hope what I share in this episode gives you some insight into what life has been like for me. Highlights from this episode: An update on Sarelle’s potty training journey Making plans with two kids is hard Managing toddler emotions & expectations Selective eating challenges with an infant & toddler Finding time for self-care The challenging phase of a velcro baby The bond between siblings The differences between Sarelle & Hayden Weekends and sick days are marathons Spending strategically for kids + what I would do different Parental differences when raising children Appreciate the mundane moments Savour your free time Weaning a toddler while breastfeeding an infant Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off Digestive Enzymes when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Listen to TUB015: Twelve Takeaways From the First Year of Motherhood Big Little Feelings Paleovalley 100% Grass-Fed Beef Sticks - Save 15% off when you use the code ultimatehealth at checkout Lesser Evil - Paleo Puffs Ergobaby Embrace Baby Carrier Cococho Baby Carrier Baby Bjrn Carrier One Nuna Stroller Veer Gear Wagon Master Work Bench by Hape Kinderfeets Tiny Tot Plus Balance Bike Kinderfeets Tummy Glider Listen to TUB036: My Breastfeeding Journey Continued - Oversupply, Tandem Feeding, and Weaning Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
12/21/202249 minutes, 7 seconds
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040: Raise a Montessori Baby and Toddler with Simone Davies

In this episode, I am chatting with Simone Davies, author of “The Montessori Toddler” and co-author of “The Montessori Baby” which are comprehensive guides to raising toddlers and infants in a Montessori way. I loved having these books on my nightstand over the last few years they have been excellent resources for our family. In today's conversation, we share the most amazing concepts with you on how to implement Montessori methods at home. We get into everything from how to set up your home before the baby arrives, the benefits of going slow and having less stuff, setting limits for your toddler, and using praise in a healthy way. You will learn so many simple and practical ways to start using Montessori principles with your family today. Highlights from this episode: How Simone got involved in the Montessori lifestyle 20 years What is Montessori? Introduce the Montessori philosophy during pregnancy and newborn stage Provide a simple environment for babies Incorporate daily life into your baby's activities Teach consent from a young age The idea of floor beds for babies and toddlers How to properly baby-proof the bedroom Set up a predictable daily routine Understanding toddler emotions from a Montessori perspective How to set healthy boundaries for your toddler in a positive way Provide a space for toddlers to climb and move Be the calm mediator your child needs How to bring the Montessori approach & activities into your home Allow your toddler time to process information Offer intrinsic motivation instead of external praise Have compassion for yourself Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off Sleep and Relaxation Support when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Simone Davies website (The Montessori Notebook) Follow Simone Davies on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Simone Davies, Junnifar Uzodike - The Montessori Baby (book) Simone Davies - The Montessori Toddler (book) The Montessori Notebook Podcast Dr. Maria Montessori (books) Topponcino Dr. Dan Siegel (books) Junnifa Uzodike Nichole Holtvluwer - Radicle Beginnings Lovevery kit Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
11/16/202259 minutes, 12 seconds
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039: Revamp Your Child’s Immune System and Prevent Chronic Disease with Dr. Ana-Maria Temple

In this episode, I am chatting with Dr. Ana-Maria Temple, a holistic pediatrician, best-selling author, mother of 3, and award-winning speaker. We discuss many incredible ways to help your child’s immune system flourish, whether you have a baby, toddler or teen there are core things you can start doing today. You as a mama have the power to do this, so listen and learn something new. We had so much to talk about that we ran out of time so I will have her back on for round two. Highlights from this episode: How Dr. Ana became passionate about raising healthier kids The root cause of children’s health issues Grocery stores in the United States are filled with processed foods Common ailments Dr. Ana sees in her practice 1 in 2 children have chronic illness Indoor humidity is linked to illnesses What happens with your child’s cold? Uncommon contributing factors of eczema Proper mindset is the key to making changes If you can’t read it, don’t eat it Start introducing fruit and vegetables Learn why toddlers aren’t picky eaters Stop parenting with fear Tastebuds develop based on what we eat Advice for tackling Halloween treats Simple ways to boost your kid's immune system Show sponsor: Needed: Stress Support - Save 20% off when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Dr. Ana-Maria Temple - Healthy Kids In An Unhealthy World (book) Dr. Ana-Maria Temple's website Follow Dr. Ana-Maria Temple on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube Organifi - Red Juice (Save 20% off Organifi when you use the code ultimatehealth at checkout) Otto's Naturals Cassava Flour Dark Chocolate Baking Chips by Lily's SmartSweets Lesser Evil Popcorn Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
10/26/202257 minutes, 37 seconds
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038: Your Questions Answered (Part Two): Sleep, Fertility and Nutrition

Infant immunity & supplements, boosting sperm & egg quality, toddler nutrition, baby proofing, optimizing your thyroid, and so much more. The answers continue to your amazing questions in this part two episode. Highlights from this episode: Tips for managing toddler naps while caring for a newborn Did I breastfeed Sarelle & Hayden to sleep? Baby proofing Hayden’s room Transitioning from co-sleeping to a floor bed My favourite book recommendations for introducing solids How to boost your infant's immune system Why we avoid refined sugar in Sarelle’s diet + alternatives we use Foods we avoid feeding our baby & toddler The best advice for guidelines on feeding solids to your baby An update on Hayden’s solid food journey Trying to conceive: our preconception planning supplements How to optimize your thyroid after pregnancy to conceive again Balancing motherhood and self-care Deciding on having more than one child The challenges of transitioning to two kids Put your toddler in daycare/preschool The best activities for newborn development Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off your first order or a 3 month Subscription of Needed when you use the code ultimatebaby at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Listen to TUB episode 037: Your Questions Answered (Part One): Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Postpartum Listen to episode 035: Floor Beds, Toddler Naps, and Baby Sleep Luka McCabe, Carley Mendes - Milk to Meals (book) Boob to Food The BabyNut Cookbook - use the code Marni15 at checkout Listen to TUB episode 034: Creating An Adventurous Eater Right From The Start with Nikole Goncalves Listen to TUB020: Balancing Pregnancy And Postpartum As A Successful Entrepreneur with Nikole Goncalves Katherine Erlich, Kelly Genzlinger - Super Nutrition for Babies (book) Sally Fallon, Thomas Cowan - The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care (book) Genevieve Howland - The Mama Natural Baby-Led Weaning E-Cookbook Listen to TUB episode 007: Genevieve Howland aka Mama Natural - Navigating Life with a Newborn Happy Healthy Eaters - Save 15% off when you use the code ultimatebaby St. Francis Herb Farm - Deep Immune for Children St. Francis Herb Farm - Echinseal Echinacea Combo SURO - Organic Elderberry Syrup for Kids SmartSweets Gummy Bears A Real Treat e-book - Natural Gummy recipe SmartSweets Lollipops Listen to TUB episode 003: Natural Preconception Planning Listen to TUB episode 004: Getting Pregnant with Hashimoto's Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
10/12/202245 minutes, 22 seconds
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037: Your Questions Answered (Part One): Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Postpartum

Pregnancy and caffeine, the witching hour, breastfeeding supplements, postpartum hair loss solutions, and more. So many juicy topics that I haven’t covered yet on this podcast will be shared in this episode. I love taking the time to answer the questions you want to ask. Highlights from this episode: What causes the sweet taste in your mouth? + Natural remedies for nausea The best advice for tackling fatigue The truth about pregnancy & caffeine What I did to avoid the baby blues How castor oil treatments work for hair loss The biggest challenge weaning a toddler How to make breastfeeding as successful as possible Simple tips to help manage the witching hour The reality of toddler sleep challenges The benefits of Montessori for your child’s development Managing daycare colds + recommendations to boost immunity A typical day in the life with a baby & toddler The evolution of nap time My thoughts on sleep training How to encourage better sleep for you & your baby Show sponsor: Needed - Save $100 off your first 3 months of Needed Lactation Support Plan when you use the code ultimatebaby100 at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Listen to TUB episode 022: Your Questions Answered (Part One) Listen to TUB episode 023: Your Questions Answered (Part Two) Sea Bands Listen to TUB episode 005: Nausea, Cravings, and Aversions Listen to TUB episode 036: My Breastfeeding Journey Continued: Oversupply, Tandem Feeding, and Weaning Listen to TUB episode 026: My Breastfeeding Journey & What I Wish I Knew Before Ina May Gaskin - Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding (book) Chalice Spice - The Ultimate Breastmilk Loose Leaf Herbal Tea (spend $75 get free shipping) Quietude by Boiron Simone Davies - The Montessori Baby (book) Simone Davies - The Montessori Toddler (book) Metagenics MetaKids - Baby Probiotic Stodal Cough Syrup by Boiron Coryzalia by Boiron Listen to TUB episode 032: The First Six Months with Two Kids Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
9/28/202255 minutes, 8 seconds
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036: My Breastfeeding Journey Continued - Oversupply, Tandem Feeding, and Weaning

It’s been almost two and a half years and I am still breastfeeding for two. My journey this time is quite different from my experience with my first in so many ways. I will share all the juicy details of how I managed oversupply, how tandem feeding has worked out, and my thoughts on weaning both of my kids. Highlights from this episode: Recalling my struggles breastfeeding Sarelle How quickly my milk supply came in for Hayden The challenges of oversupply + how I managed it How to tackle low supply & oversupply with a breast pump + beneficial uses for stored milk How to navigate co-sleeping, oversupply, and a frequent feeder A lactation consultant can help with a fussy baby on the breast Why I decided to use a pacifier for Hayden The best product to use for a gassy baby Getting pregnant while nursing My experience tandem feeding a baby and a toddler Why I had to create breastfeeding boundaries for Sarelle Tips to start weaning your toddler Plans for night weaning Hayden at 10-12 months old My truths about breastfeeding Show sponsor: Needed - Save $100 off your first 3 months of Needed Complete Plan when you use the code "ultimatebaby100' at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Listen to TUB026: My Breastfeeding Journey & What I Wish I Knew Before Listen to TUB012: The Fourth Trimester Holle Goat Milk Formula The Ultimate Breastmilk Tea Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump BIBS Pacifiers Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
8/24/202239 minutes, 17 seconds
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035: Floor Beds, Toddler Naps, and Baby Sleep

When it comes to baby and toddler sleep, there is nothing linear about it. However, making the best decisions for your family is all that matters. We recently upgraded both kids to using floor beds. I share all about this experience and the benefits of having a floor bed. As well as all the ebbs and flows with naps and nighttime sleep with infant and toddler sleep. Highlights from this episode: Why we removed Hayden’s crib and swapped it with a floor bed What is a floor bed? Transitioning Sarelle’s 3-in-1 crib to a daybed The evolution of toddler sleep and nap time A snapshot of Sarelle’s sleep Spend time in the baby’s room The benefits of a floor bed Baby proof the room as they grow Floor beds aren’t a new concept Our parent present approach to sleep Know your baby and their comfort levels Learning the Montessori philosophy Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off all prenatal supplements when you use the code "ultimatebaby' at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Sunshine Mattress Co. Organic Pillow (use the code “marni10” to save 10% off) Quietude Children Sprout Kids - Floor Bed Frame Nook Sleep (use the code ULTIMATEBABY to save 15% off) Listen to TUB032: The First Six Months with Two Kids Simone Davies - The Montessori Toddler (book) Simone Davies, Junnifa Uzodike - The Montessori Baby (book) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
7/20/202229 minutes, 42 seconds
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034: Creating An Adventurous Eater Right From The Start with Nikole Goncalves

It was such a pleasure having Nikole Goncalves back on the show to talk about raising a healthy little eater from the start. We get into how she introduced her daughter Sage to solid foods and how her journey has evolved since. The foods she has been exposed to, the benefits of making your own baby food, purees vs. baby-led weaning, what utensils to use, introducing allergenic foods, preventing picky eating, and so much more. This episode was timely as I start Hayden on solids. If you have a little one that is about to start on whole foods, you are going to eat this episode up. Highlights from this episode: How Nikole introduced her daughter Sage to solid foods + her 1st foods Why feeding 1st foods is so overwhelming for parents Simple ways to boost nutrients & flavour in baby’s food Batch prep baby food in advance How to navigate picky eating in the early stages Teach your baby sign language to communicate Tips for starting baby-led weaning Learn what choking looks like vs. gagging The benefits of your baby using a mesh feeder The best kitchen gadgets & baby utensils to buy! How to approach self-feeding with babies Nikole’s philosophy on raising an adventurous eater Parents don’t get discouraged, stay positive Don’t put your food preferences on your kids Create memories cooking in the kitchen together Learn how to safely introduce allergenic foods Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off all prenatal supplements when you use the code "ultimatebaby' at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Nikole Goncalves website HealthNut Nutrition Follow Nikole Goncalves HealthNut Nutrition on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube The BabyNut Cookbook - use the code Marni15 at checkout Nikole Goncalves - The HealthNut Cookbook Listen to TUB020: Balancing Pregnancy And Postpartum As A Successful Entrepreneur with Nikole Goncalves HealthNut Nutrition - Sage’s First Foods Bumkins Baby Utensils Crinkle Cutter Gadget EZPZ - Tiny Cup Healthy Happy Eaters - use the code ultimatebaby to save 15% The Solid Starts app Boon Silicone Feeder Immersion Blender Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair mushie Silicone Suction Plate Milk to Meals Wild Meadow Farm HealthNut Nutrition - Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
7/6/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 13 seconds
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033: The Six Pillars of Mom’s Health

This episode focuses on mom’s well-being. I will share everything you can do from pregnancy to the months (and years) postpartum to make your health a priority. These six pillars will set the foundation for amazing health practices that you can keep building on. I cover everything from making sure your sleep, hydration, nutrition, community connections, movement, and self-care are in check. All of these areas will start you on a path of feeling incredible from the inside out. Highlights from this episode: Rest when baby rests How to prepare for a good night’s sleep Is it time to upgrade your pillows? It’s important for breastfeeding mamas to stay hydrated What my current diet looks like + what I eat in a day The benefits of having mom friends Start a mom group online or in person Add fitness and mini workouts into your daily routine Carve out time for self-care Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off all prenatal supplements when you use the code "ultimatebaby' at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Listen to TUB032: The First Six Months with Two Kids The Ultimate Health Podcast with Jesse Chappus Listen to TUHP episode 002: The 6 Pillars of Health Oura Ring Chalice Spice - The Ultimate Breastmilk Loose Leaf Herbal Tea (spend $75 get free shipping) Sunshine Mattress Co. (use the code “marni10” to save 10% off) Berkey Water Filtration System Aussie Trace Minerals LMNT Paleovalley Supergreens ultimatehealth at checkout Chalice Spice - The Ultimate Baby Loose Leaf Herbal Tea Collection (spend $75 get free shipping) Hydro Flask Water Bottle Paleovalley Organ Complex ultimatehealth at checkout Mid-Day Squares GoMacro Bars Paleovalley Pasture-Raised Turkey Sticks ultimatehealth at checkout Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
6/15/202237 minutes, 52 seconds
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032: The First Six Months with Two Kids

Raising one child is beyond busy, but add another into the mix and things get a little more hectic. Balancing schedules, sleep, breastfeeding, emotions, and our role as parents is a lot to consider and to figure out in the moment. Every day I am learning something new about myself and my kids and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Life with two little people has been the most incredibly rewarding (and often challenging) gift, and I am so grateful to be their mama. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle meets Hayden for the first time Our newborn photoshoot at home Family support during postpartum recovery My breastfeeding experience with a newborn & toddler Finding solutions to deal with baby spitting up Tandem feeding + future plans for weaning Sarelle Look into why your baby is spitting up Our co-sleeping (aka bed-sharing) experience Why we are transitioning to a Montessori floor bed instead of a crib Our approach to naps and being flexible with routines Parent present approach to Sarelle’s sleep challenges Battling daycare viruses + the challenges of being sick with kids Supplement recommendations for babies & toddlers to boost their immune system Be mindful of baby’s development when using bouncers, exersaucers, and more Hayden’s transition to a high chair Managing toddler emotions + update on Sarelle’s development Grateful for the sweet moments Our family of 4 morning routine Finding balance as busy parents The Montessori approach to practical life My mental & physical health update Castor oil treatments for postpartum hair loss The benefits of having 2 kids close in age Show sponsor: Needed - Save 20% off all prenatal supplements when you use the code "ultimatebaby' at checkout Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates Follow Gojisuperdog on Instagram Listen to TUB026: My Breastfeeding Journey & What I Wish I Knew Before Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump Nook Sleep (use the code ULTIMATEBABY to save 15% off) Sprout Kids - Floor Bed Frame The Ultimate Health Podcast hosted by Jesse Chappus The Baby Bjorn Bouncer Skip Hop Exersaucer Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair Roo & You Play Couch Lovevery Skin Essence Organics (use the code "marni" to save 15% off) Nuna SENA Aire Playard Ergobaby Embrace Newborn Baby Wrap Cococho Ergonomic Baby Carrier Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
6/1/20221 hour, 1 minute, 39 seconds
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031: My Second Home Birth Story

I knew that my son, Hayden Beau was coming to me earlier than his due date. It was just a matter of how and when. As every baby does, he had his own plans on how he wanted to come earth-side. In this episode, Jesse and I share everything from when my water broke to holding him in the birth tub on his birthday. It was an emotional, painful, yet beautiful home birth experience. We were so lucky to be in the comfort of our home with our amazing birth team. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to bring a human into this world. Highlights from this episode: Update on life with a toddler & newborn The days leading up to when my water broke Natural ways to induce labour Timing contractions + our birth team arrives Practicing hypnobirthing during labour The pros and cons of using castor oil The feeling of active labour We delivered Hayden in the birthing tub! The benefits of delayed cord clamping Cleaning up after a home birth Baby’s first check-up The option to use oral vitamin K vs. the injection Why I encapsulated my placenta The story behind Hayden Beau’s name My postpartum recovery journey Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle & Hayden updates The Ultimate Health Podcast with Jesse Chappus Read Hayden Beau's Birth Story Our Doula – Jessica Ienna Mendez (IG: @gymdoula) Midwives of Windsor Listen to My Birth Story (with Sarelle) Udderly Nuts Almond Milk Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
5/18/202251 minutes, 36 seconds
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030: Empower Yourself To Love Your Labour and Embrace Natural Birth with Corrine Brown

I am so excited about this week's guest, Corrine Brown, a former Naturopathic Doctor, creator of the Love Your Labour program, author of “The Badass Birth Goddess”, and mom of 3. This is the perfect episode to pause with before I go into labour myself in a few weeks with TUBtwo. Corrine was pivotal in helping me have my natural home birth with Sarelle and you'll find out why in this episode. Everything we talk about in this episode will help to empower you mentally and physically to have a natural birth (if that is your goal). No matter what point you are at in your pregnancy or even if you are in the planning phase this conversation will motivate and inspire you to love your labour. You will get tools, resources, and other helpful information to help you on your labour journey. Enjoy this juicy conversation with Corrine. Highlights from this episode: Thoughts on pregnancy over 35 The pivotal role Corrine played in helping my natural home birth How Corrine’s love for labour started Animals natural instinct to birth Corrine shares her 3 very different birth stories Write down your birth story Informed consent is a huge part of medical freedom Understanding the risks of Group B Strep (GBS) in childbirth Sterile water injections for labour pain relief Knowing when medical interventions are necessary Using a labour prep tincture Reprogram your mind and beliefs about birth Advocating for yourself is empowering What is the labour funnel? Nature’s epidural is the labour hormone oxytocin Postpartum is easier when you have a natural birth How your partner and a doula can support you during labour Normalize natural birth Empowerment is a mindset Show sponsor: Love Your Labour - use the code ULTIMATEBABY to save $100 off Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Corrine Brown's website (Brownroots Love) Follow Corrine Brown on Facebook and Instagram Corrine Brown - The Badass Birth Goddess (book) The Business of Being Born (documentary) Penny Simkin - The Birth Partner (book) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
12/1/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 25 seconds
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029: How To Set Boundaries and Deal With ‘Fussy’ Eating with Angela Wallace

Today's guest, Angela Wallace, is my first repeat guest, and for a good reason. In our first episode, Angela and I talked about transitioning to solid foods, and in this episode, we talked about the next phase of eating after baby turns one year old. As your toddler starts to develop food preferences it can make mealtimes more challenging and we are left with a 'fussy eater'. In this episode, we dive into so many topics on setting the stage for healthy eating. We discuss everything from milk after age 1, how much food your toddler should be eating, and how to manage endless snacking! Enjoy this super fun and informative conversation. Angela Wallace is a registered dietitian, family food expert, and pilates instructor. She specializes in women and family health. She specifically works with weight management, gut health, fertility, pre/postnatal nutrition, and all things family nutrition (introducing solids to your little one, picky eating, fueling your little athlete, simplifying family meals, allergies, etc. She loves supporting families in living a healthy lifestyle that works for them.  Highlights from this episode: 33 week pregnancy update The transitional phase of eating for 1-2 year olds It’s not true fussy/picky eating until ages 2-3 years old Trust your baby/toddlers hunger cues Snacks contribute to daily calorie intake What is a good pre-dinner snack? Thoughts on healthy packaged snacks How much should toddlers eat? Encourage eating healthy fats throughout the day Why kids struggle eating meat & veggies Expose your child to new foods Provide “safe” food on their plate The division of responsibility with eating Should you sneak food into their meals? Tips on preventing a fussy/picky eater How interacting with food empowers kids Squirmy child at the table? Are they in a proper sitting position? Start with smaller portions The current recommendations for offering animal-based milk & plant-based milk Show sponsor: Modern Function Home offers premium vinyl mats that wipe easy and are so perfect for your little one whether at the table, or playing on the floor. Save 10% on your mat by using the code Marni10 Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Angela Wallace's website (Eat Right Feel Right) Follow Angela Wallace (Eat Right Feel Right) on Facebook and Instagram Listen to Angela Wallace previously on TUBP (episode #014) Intuitive Introductions - Baby Led Weaning Course Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
11/17/20211 hour, 19 seconds
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028: Nourish Your Body & Your Baby Throughout All Four Trimesters with Lindsay Taylor

Lindsay Taylor is a pre and post-natal nutrition expert, health researcher, and doula who supports women to get confidently nourished before, during, and after pregnancy. Lindsay is also the author of The Food Doula Cookbook, a cookbook full of easy, delicious recipes for preconception, all three trimesters, and postpartum. In this episode, she shares how new mamas and mamas-to-be can nourish themselves and their babes for every meal of the day, every step of the way! Highlights from this episode: Update on Sarelle & TUBtwo pregnancy Helping mamas nourish themselves during pregnancy & postpartum What is the actual risk of the foods pregnant mamas are told to avoid? There is no single food that is 100% safe Focus on eating to meet your nutrition needs Trimester zero sets the foundation for pregnancy How to add folate-rich foods into every meal Do you need methylated folate? The top 9 foods for a healthy 9 months Start your day by eating protein-rich foods to manage morning sickness in trimester 1 Reduce morning sickness with Vitamin B6 rich-foods Start increasing iron-rich foods in trimester 2 Put down the carbs and drink a smoothie Get familiar with 1 pot meals for postpartum Grain-free meals help with acid reflux in trimester 3 Probiotic-rich foods aid in digestion Omega-3s are critical for mom & baby during pregnancy and postpartum Bone broth supports healing, digestion, and hormones Say yes to help during postpartum recovery Honour your needs postpartum and lean into hunger cues Easy & accessible 1 handed snack ideas Galactagogues increase milk supply + food & herb recommendations Teas to support pregnancy & breastfeeding The best foods to keep you healthy during a cold Show sponsor: Chalice Spice - The Ultimate Baby Loose Leaf Herbal Tea Collection (spend $75 get free shipping) Chalice Spice - The Ultimate Breastmilk Loose Leaf Herbal Tea (spend $75 get free shipping) Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Lindsay Taylor - The Food Doula Cookbook Follow Lindsay Taylor on Instagram Lily Nichols - Real Food for Pregnancy (book) Listen to Lily Nichols previously on TUBP (episode #016) Listen to TUB006: What To Eat And What Not To Eat During Pregnancy Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
11/3/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 9 seconds
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027: Protecting Your Core and Pelvic Floor During Pregnancy & Postpartum with Kim Vopni

Today I am chatting with Kim Vopni aka The Vagina Coach. Kim specializes in pelvic health and coaches women in pregnancy, motherhood, and menopause. The information we cover in this episode is so powerful and helpful to women. Whether you are having a baby, had a baby, or just going through the stages of life as a woman, your pelvic floor needs some love! Highlights from this episode: What inspired Kim to get involved with pelvic health Kim shares her birth story from pregnancy, labour, and recovery Understanding the pelvic floor The role of the pelvic floor muscles Why all women should see a pelvic floor specialist Organ prolapse is very common Pelvic health should be introduced in school Pre-book your pelvic health exam 8 weeks postpartum What to expect when you see a pelvic floor specialist How to do core breathing/kegel Visualization techniques help core breathing Exercises during pregnancy to strengthen the core What types of exercise you should avoid during pregnancy The benefits & many uses of a birthing ball How to prepare the perineum for birth What is the Epi-No? The best birthing positions to prevent tearing/damage Explaining the side-lying position How the blossom breath helps during crowning Grunting and making noise during labour Watch how people give birth outside of the media Honour the 40 days postpartum recovery period Replenish the body with healing foods postpartum Prepare for recovery - week by week Belly wrapping is recommended for up to 6 weeks Core retraining can up to 1 year or longer after pregnancy Comparing vaginal delivery vs. cesarean delivery recovery Why a pelvic floor specialist is still recommended after c-sections Show sponsor: Bellies Inc. - use the promo code ULTIMATEBABY for 10% off your order of the AB System, AB Wrap or AB Tank Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Kim Vopini website (The Vagina Coach) Follow Kim Vopni on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Kim Vopini - Prepare To Push (book) Prepare To Push (course) Birth Like A Boss (course) Jen Oliver - The LoveFit Mama Way (book) Posterior pelvic floor release for people who sit a lot, have tailbone pain and who are pregnant (YouTube) The KR Curve Epi-No Ina May Gaskin - Ina May’s Guide To Breastfeeding (book) Joanne Stone MD, Keith Eddleman MD - The Pregnancy Bible (book) Evidence Based Birth (YouTube) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
10/20/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 56 seconds
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026: My Breastfeeding Journey & What I Wish I Knew Before

I am finally sharing my breastfeeding journey in this episode. It is still going on as Sarelle continues nursing at almost two years old. I thought I would share what we have experienced since the day she was born, how it's changed, the highs, the lows, and everything in between. I'm also sharing my top tips for what I wish I knew before I started breastfeeding. Plus, what I will be taking into breastfeeding baby number two. Highlights from this episode: My breastfeeding journey with Sarelle The pressures of an intense feeding schedule Natural ways to increase milk supply Using donor milk and goat milk formula for top ups Stress impacts milk supply Introducing a bottle earlier than we planned Why we didn’t use a pacifier The most comfortable nursing bra Take care of your nipples + products I used Clogged milk duct tips Predisposition to low milk supply with Hashimoto’s Breastfeeding and introducing solids Sarelle starting night weaning between 8-10 months old The challenges with getting your period and ovulating while breastfeeding Get help from a lactation consultant The special bond you create breastfeeding Will I be a tandem breastfeeding mama or not? My top 12 breastfeeding tips Get a double breast pump! Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates The Ultimate Breastmilk Tea Holle Goat Milk Formula Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump Comotomo Bottle Boody Nursing Bra Motherlove Nipple Cream Rumina Naturals - Ouchie Momma Nipple Rescue Nipple Shield Bamboo Reusable Breast Pads Lactation Cookie Recipe from Mama Natural Ina May Gaskin - Ina May’s Guide To Breastfeeding (book) Nook Sleep Nursing Pillow (use the code ULTIMATEBABY to save 15% off) Medela Freestyle Breast Pump Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
10/6/202151 minutes, 26 seconds
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025: I'm Pregnant (Again)

Yes, it's true. I am pregnant again with TUB (The Ultimate Baby) two! In this episode, I will be sharing the details of my pregnancy so far as I am just over the halfway mark. You will hear how this pregnancy is similar and different to my last, the foods I am craving, my aversions, my exercise routine, and how I am sleeping. You will also find out what we are having if you don't already know. Lots of exciting tips and resources for newly pregnant mamas and mamas to be! Highlights from this episode: My pregnancy update & taking time off Becoming first time homebuyers! Our plans for baby #2 Preconception planning + what supplement to take Surprise… we’re expecting 1st trimester nausea, food cravings & aversions Dealing with fatigue during pregnancy Keeping skin hydrated to reduce stretch marks Prenatal fitness and the importance of staying active Connecting with my baby bump The story behind the sex reveal Why we found out the sex Why we opted out of the 7-week ultrasound The power of informed consent Planning for a home birth Creating a badass birth plan Moving, nesting, and preparing for postpartum Pregnant and breastfeeding a toddler… it can be done! Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Listen to TUB episode 024: How To Have Hormone Intelligence and Improve Fertility with Dr. Aviva Romm Listen to TUB episode 008: The First Trimester Joyous Health – Body butter (use the code MARNI10 to save 10% off) Listen to TUB episode 022:The Importance Of Prenatal Fitness And Postpartum Mental Health with Taylor Walker Jillian Michaels: The Fitness App Listen to TUHP episode 415: The Most Effective Weight Loss and Fitness Techniques With Jillian Michaels Mary’s Mindful Bakehouse IGTV - Gender Reveal Listen to TUB episode 016: How To Have A Real Food Pregnancy with Lily Nichols Lily Nichols - Real Food for Pregnancy (book) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
9/22/202143 minutes, 3 seconds
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024: How To Have Hormone Intelligence And Improve Fertility with Dr. Aviva Romm

In this amazing conversation, Aviva and I get into understanding your hormones on all levels. How they impact you day-to-day from your cycle, your sleep, your mental health, and your fertility. Dr. Aviva Romm is on a mission to empower and educate women to become fluent in the language of their hormones to awaken their inner hormone intelligence so they can heal, thrive, and reclaim their power. Highlights from this episode: Exciting pregnancy news! How being a mom has informed Aviva’s career in women’s health Common hormone challenges women experience Understanding outward symptoms vs. silent symptoms Our hormones speak to us and tell us something is wrong Make a commitment to yourself to form new habits The 95/5 rule The hormone intelligence program helps women from their 1st period to menopause What is the blueprint of your hormonal health? Eating disorders prevent your period from happening Your menstrual cycle is your 6th vital sign High levels of estrogen can be due to dietary factors and endocrine disruptors Are you taking the pill for contraception or managing hormone symptoms? Depression is a huge side effect of taking the pill Why you need to take a multivitamin with methylfolate when you are coming off the pill Fertility challenges affect both men and women How long should you try conceiving naturally before seeking out fertility treatments? Telling women over 35 they are high risk does not make them feel empowered Why you need to reduce your exposure to flame retardants Stop using endocrine disrupters: BPA, BPS, and phthalates Focus on eating organic dairy, meat, and produce to limit toxins Natural beauty products have multiple uses Safe herbs to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding Finding balance and loving yourself Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Dr. Aviva Romm - Hormone Intelligence (book) Dr. Aviva Romm website Follow Dr. Aviva Romm on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Dr. Aviva Romm - The Natural Pregnancy Book Listen to TUHP episode 241: Dr. Aviva Romm – The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution • Permission To Pause • Embracing Adaptogens The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Aviva Romm - Deadly Pajamas & Toxic Sofas: 5 Ways to Reduce Your Baby’s Exposure to Flame Retardants (article) Hanna Andersson Hugh Taylor, MD EWG: Environmental Working Group EWG: Skin Deep Follain Credo Beauty ILIA Beauty Dr. Aviva Romm - Herbs in Pregnancy: What’s Safe, What’s Not? (article) The Hormone Intelligence Chats Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
6/16/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 8 seconds
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023: Your Questions Answered (Part Two)

Sleep regressions, babywearing, and breastfeeding… you asked and I am answering all of your personal questions about pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood in this (part two) episode. Things you have been wanting to know that I haven’t shared yet or maybe I did and you want more details. I have tried to be as real and raw as I could in answering these. I hope the information I provided not only gives you a bit more insight on our experience but maybe it will help you on your journey! Be sure to go back and listen to Episode 022: Your Questions Answered (Part One)! Highlights from this episode: Why we choose to send Sarelle to daycare Tips for managing Hashimoto’s while pregnant Stay hydrated to avoid constipation Start a nighttime routine with your baby before the 4-month sleep regression When Sarelle started sleeping & napping in her room Staying true to your birth plans & what is right for you Our babywearing journey from newborn to now Resting after childbirth helps recovery The benefits of breastfeeding for 2 years My first period after pregnancy Having support helps balance motherhood & entrepreneurship Advice for weaning your baby from breastfeeding Preconception planning helped us get pregnant naturally Breastfeeding is the best way to boost babies immunity Preconception planning recommendations for men Take a prenatal with methylated folate My experience getting my placenta encapsulated Belly wraps help postpartum recovery Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Kimboo Climb Kimboo Wooble Board Listen to TUB episode 022: Your Questions Answered (Part One) Healing & Dealing with Hashi's Boiron Camilia Lalabu Soothe Shirt Solly Baby Wrap Ergobaby Embrace Newborn Baby Wrap Cococho Ergonomic Baby Carrier Listen to TUB episode 002: My Journey To A Natural Pregnancy Mama Natural - Weaning: When and How to Gently Wean Your Child (article) Listen to TUB episode 007: Genevieve Howland aka Mama Natural - Navigating Life With A Newborn Listen to The Ultimate Health Podcast Listen to TUB episode 003: Natural Preconception Planning Listen to TUB episode 019: How To Optimize Fertility with Andrea Grace Holle Goat Milk Formula HiPP Baby Formula Seeking Health – Prenatal (use code ULTIMATEBABY to save 10%) Graceful Birth Doula - Placenta Encapsulation Bellies Inc. Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
6/2/202141 minutes, 51 seconds
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022: Your Questions Answered (Part One)

Co-sleeping, cod liver oil, parenting styles… you asked and I am answering all of your personal questions about pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood. Things you have been wanting to know that I haven’t shared yet or maybe I did and you want more details. I have tried to be as real and raw as I could in answering these. I hope the information I provided not only gives you a bit more insight on our experience but maybe it will help you on your journey. Highlights from this episode: 1 year anniversary of The Ultimate Baby Podcast! Stay true to yourself and choose the birth plan that is right for you Focus on feeding Sarelle nutrient dense whole foods Why we avoid feeding Sarelle cow dairy, wheat, and chocolate The benefits of cod liver oil The importance of eating nourishing foods during early labour The top 3 recommendations to support fertility Getting into a routine helps balance newborn life Does your parenting style align with your partner? Being a mom during the pandemic The ups & downs of sleep deprivation postpartum Connection is so important for new moms Our experience bedsharing Sleep is an evolving journey Starting solids and Sarelle’s 1st foods The hardest part about postpartum for me Postpartum recovery tip: Stay flat for 5 Allow time for your pelvic floor to recover post baby The stress & pressure of an intense breastfeeding schedule Babies don’t need a calcium supplement Sarelle’s daily supplement routine My Hashimoto’s postpartum update Recommendations for teething, diaper cream, and formula Stay tuned for part two! Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Listen to TUB episode 014: Starting Your Baby On Solids & The Benefits Of Baby-Led Weaning with Angela Wallace Listen to TUB episode 019: How To Optimize Fertility with Andrea Grace Listen to TUB episode 003: Natural Preconception Planning Seeking Health – Prenatal (use code ULTIMATEBABY to save 10%) Jen Oliver - The Love FitMama Way (book) Boiron Camilia Dimpleskins Naturals - Bum Bum Balm St. Francis Herb Farm - Calendula Salve Holle Goat Milk Formula Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
5/19/202140 minutes, 43 seconds
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021: The Importance Of Prenatal Fitness And Postpartum Mental Health with Taylor Walker

Staying fit and active during pregnancy is a must to feel your best, have a healthy delivery and strong recovery, at least that was the case for Taylor Walker. She is a mama of two who shares her pregnancy and natural birth story along with the challenges she faced dealing with postpartum mental health after her first pregnancy. She also shares how she has navigated the ups and downs during her recent pregnancy. Taylor created an amazing prenatal fitness program that will be launched in May on The Fitness App. Her goal is to inspire you to stay committed to your health, your body and your mind throughout all the stages of pregnancy and beyond. Highlights from this episode: Mom Tip: Packing snacks for the car Taylor’s second pregnancy was completely different from her first Pregnancy life with a toddler during a pandemic How Taylor became involved in the fitness industry Dealing with pregnancy cravings and nausea Don’t stop moving your body during pregnancy Start modifying exercises in 2nd trimester The whole mama approach to Taylor’s new fitness app Movement helps with your physical body and mental health Labour & delivery is the most intense fitness event in most women’s lives Hypnobirthing teaches how to release fear surrounding labour & delivery Doulas act as a bridge between families and healthcare providers Letting go of expectations with second delivery Taylor struggled with postpartum anxiety What is postpartum rage? Tips for postpartum recovery Reach out for support Prenatal supplement recommendations Focusing on nourishment for postpartum healing Talk with your spouse/partner about your needs for trimester 4 Preparing her son CJ for baby #2 Mamas you still matter Don’t be afraid to ask for help Show sponsor: Sproos - 20% off all Sproos products (use the code MARNI20, promo valid one per customer) Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Taylor Walker Fit Follow Taylor Walker Fit on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter The Fitness App The Ultimate Health Podcast Amazing Births & Beyond Serene Health Peanut: Find Friends & Support (app) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
5/5/202151 minutes, 52 seconds
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020: Balancing Pregnancy And Postpartum As A Successful Entrepreneur with Nikole Goncalves

Nikole Goncalves is the face behind one of the top leading healthy food and lifestyle YouTube channels in Canada called HealthNut Nutrition. She is a passionate "health nut" who inspires her viewers to live an active, healthy and balanced lifestyle by showing how easy and delicious it can be. Nikole is a new mom and why I thought she would be the perfect fit for the show as we have so much in common. She shares her very real journey of her pandemic pregnancy all the way to postpartum and raising a baby as a successful entrepreneur. Get ready for an amazing episode! Highlights from this episode: Mom Tip: Get a stainless steel water bottle for mom & baby Motherhood makes you feel like a new person Tackling the 1st trimester of pregnancy when the pandemic started Building a birth team during the 2nd trimester Fresh air and walking helps nausea during 1st trimester Natural nausea & acid reflux recommendations Why eating warming foods during pregnancy helps digestion Embracing pregnancy during trimester 3 Magnesium gel & epsom salt baths help relieve restless leg syndrome Why Nikole is a huge advocate for movement during pregnancy Support your skin with non-toxic products to lessen stretch marks Preparing for birth with hypnobirthing classes Perineal stretching/massage during pregnancy helps postpartum recovery How meditation helped Nikole stay calm during the last few weeks of pregnancy Lightning crotch pain… is it Braxton Hicks? Nikole’s unmedicated natural birth story and how the video went viral Plan to labour at home with a doula and midwife Why they choose a hospital birth over home birth Breastfeeding and why focusing on baby’s latch is important The biggest shocker to postpartum recovery Finding balance as a full-time mom and entrepreneur Integrating your dog into your babies life by creating boundaries What Nikole wish she knew before she got pregnant Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Nikole Goncalves website HealthNut Nutrition Follow Nikole Goncalves HealthNut Nutrition on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Nikole Goncalves - The HealthNut Cookbook Hydro Flask Water Bottle Hydro Flask for Kids Genestra - Multi Cal Mag Liquid Natural Calm - Magnesium Gel Diana Antholis - Best Stretches for Pregnancy to Relieve Aches and Pains Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project Workouts Glowing Mama Health & Fitness Program (use the code ultimatehealth15 to save 15% off) Luminance Skincare BeautyNut Skincare - Lip Butter (use the code Marni15 to save 15% off) BeautyNut Skincare - Pit Refresh (use the code Marni15 to save 15% off) DIY Belly Oil for Pregnancy and Postpartum Joyous Health – Body butter (use the code MARNI10 to save 10% off) HealthNut - Online Healthy Lifestyle Shop (use the code Marni15 to save 15% off) HealthNut Nutrition - Our Natural Birth Vlog How to Breastfeed - Deep Latch Technique West End Mamas Nikole's Postpartum Experience + Update HealthNut Nutrition - Motherhood Blog Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
4/21/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 53 seconds
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019: How To Optimize Fertility with Andrea Grace

If you are thinking about conceiving or actively trying to conceive there are so many things you want to consider to optimize fertility, and prepare your body for conception. In this episode with Andrea Grace we get into why it's so important to plan well in advance to make sure your body (and your mind) gets what it needs to help your chances of conceiving naturally. Of course the journey to pregnancy is different for everyone. There are many things within your control that you can start doing today to nourish your body before, during and after pregnancy. Highlights from this episode: Mom tip: Create an activity box Andrea’s passion to help women conceive How much diet impacts fertility Folic acid vs. folate Should you be taking methylated folate? The importance of preconception planning Correcting nutritional deficiencies before pregnancy Why eating a nutrient dense whole foods diets makes conception easier Eating refined carbohydrates can make conceiving challenging Tips for tracking basal body temperature Tracking your cervical mucus helps identify your fertile window Get in tune with your body Tracking your cycle after having a baby You can still get pregnant while breastfeeding What is secondary infertility? Recommended prenatal supplements Key supplements to take while trying to conceive (TTC) The truth about male infertility Sperm takes 90 days to regenerate Recommended supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes for sperm health Stress management is often a missing piece of the puzzle Regular exercise can improve insulin sensitivity Reduce your daily toxic load The role of sleep hygiene Be gentle on yourself during the pre-conception journey Work on creating healthy habits before pregnancy Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Andrea Grace Wellness Follow Andrea Grace Wellness on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Listen to TUB episode 003: Natural Preconception Planning Tempdrop Ava Fertility Tracker Clue Period & Cycle Tracker Proov Test NFH Prenatal SAP Cyto-Matrix Prenatal Seeking Health – Prenatal (use code ULTIMATEBABY to save 10%) Full Circle Prenatal Thorne Basic Prenatal Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
4/7/202149 minutes, 8 seconds
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018: Pelvic Health: From Birth Prep To Recovery And Beyond with Nikki Bergen

Nikki Bergen is one of Canada’s most sought after health and fitness experts. Nikki's mission is to help women feel strong and confident during pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. She is a renowned Pilates Instructor, Pelvic Health Advocate and Pre/Postnatal Expert. She is also the creator of The Belle Method and The Bump Method. In this episode, we get into Nikki’s personal story and how she has dedicated her life to creating fitness programs and helping women restore balance to their bodies. We also talk about all things pelvic health including strengthening your pelvic floor and how to restore diastasis recti, incontinence, prolapse and so much more. If you are ready to take your pelvic health seriously, then please listen to this episode! Highlights from this episode: Mom tip: Feed baby from utensils and rotate foods often How Nikki started her journey into pelvic health care How to prevent incontinence Pre-hab your pelvic floor The proper definition of Kegel What is reverse Kegel? At what point should we see a pelvic floor specialist? The different types of incontinence 3 simple tips to develop good toilet habits The different grades of prolapse Why it’s important to practice pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy Caution women on babywearing too soon after childbirth How to cough postpartum Talk to your care providers about alternative pushing positions during labour Learning how to push Diastasis recti is very common during and after pregnancy “Hug the baby” exercise Reconnect to your breath postpartum Why you should choose wraps vs. corsets postpartum Try breastfeeding on your side instead of sitting position Pelvic floor physiotherapy is important for c-section recovery Nikki’s new podcast: We Go There Moms remember it’s a sign of strength to ask for help Mom tip: You can wear your baby on your back with a proper carrier Show sponsor: Nook Sleep (use the code ULTIMATEBABY to save 15% off) Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Listen to Starting Your Baby On Solids & The Benefits Of Baby-Led Weaning With Angela Wallace The Belle Method The Bump Method Follow The Belle Method on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Squatty Potty Jen Oliver - The Love FitMama Way (book) Bellies Inc. Post-Natal FITsplint Castor Oil Packs For C-Section Adhesions Pelvic Health Mastery - Online Program We Go There Podcast with Lexi Miles & Nikki Bergen Cococho Baby Carrier Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
3/24/202155 minutes, 38 seconds
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017: How To Be Your Own Doctor Mom with Dr. Elana Roumell

There is nothing more empowering than being able to have the tools available in your own home to help your child through any ailment. Dr. Elana Roumell shares so many tips and ideas on how to take your child's health into your hands with natural medicine remedies. She will give you the confidence to help your sick child in the most safe and natural way. As a mom, you want to be the one in control of your child’s health. Highlights from this episode: Mom Tip: Always buy a bigger sized snowsuit Dr. Elana’s mission to empower moms When Elana was 9 her younger brother died suddenly from asthma Decision fatigue in motherhood Helping parents to feel empowered Educating parents about fevers Fevers during teething are due to inflammation How amber necklaces help teething babies The impact worry has on mom’s health and child’s health When to treat at home vs. going to the doctor’s Should you see a Paediatrician or a Naturopath? The 3 M’s the moms measuring tool Top 5 natural medicines to have in your toolbox Elderberry is safe at 6 months and up (without honey) Vitamin D + K2 recommendations for breastfeeding moms & babies What is homeopathy? Camilia helps pain and teething Arnica works for injury and healing Pulsatila helps before, during, and after childbirth It’s important to observe your child and how they respond to treatment Doctor Mom’s guides to homeopathic, herbal remedies, and health food supplements DHA is needed for brain development How to decide between cod liver oil and fish oil supplements The 4 important components to create a balanced meal Sauerkraut is a naturally occurring probiotic Build healthy habits early on Advice to moms… trust your intuition Empower yourself to make informed consent about vaccines Show sponsor: Nook Sleep (use the code ULTIMATEBABY to save 15% off) Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Dr. Elana Roumell at Nourish Medical Center Follow Dr. Elana Roumell on Instagram Med School for Moms Doctor Mom Podcast Doctor Mom Podcast: 7 Nourishing Practices for Mama & Baby with Marni Wasserma‪n‬ Baltic Essentials Wise Women Herbal - Elderberry Syrup Doctor Mom’s 5 Favourite Family Remedies Boiron Camilia 7 Top Homeopathic Remedies 7 Top Herbal Medicines 7 Top Health Food Supplements Doctor Mom's Vaccine Course Doctor Mom's Courses Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
3/10/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 26 seconds
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016: How to Have a Real Food Pregnancy with Lily Nichols

When I first came across Lily’s book Real Food for Pregnancy, I was so grateful to know that there was a resource out there that aligned completely with my values. Even better, Lily is someone who has done the research and focuses on evidence based nutrition proving that a whole food, ancestral diet is critical to a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant you need to listen to this episode. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle’s 53-week milestones Common misconceptions people have about pregnancy nutrition You are eating for 1.1 not eating for 2 The risk of getting salmonella from eggs is very low during pregnancy If you avoid eating eggs during pregnancy you are setting yourself up for a deficiency Pasteurized milk can still be contaminated Choose grass-fed hard cheese, it contains less moisture and lower risk of bacteria The best quality food is the most nutrient dense What are macronutrients, what are micronutrients? The real food diet aka the ancestral diet Why you should eat nose to tail Processed food is devoid of nutrients The main nutrients missing from prenatal diets Protein intake during pregnancy should be much higher than guidelines recommend Organ meats are the most nutrient dense You can prevent and treat anemia far more effectively with food Organ meats are less expensive than supplements Vegetarians who consume pastured eggs and grass-fed dairy still get sources of choline, Vitamin A, and DHA Supplement recommendations for vegans Oysters, mussels, and clams are loaded with B12, iron, selenium, and DHA Prenatal vitamins shouldn’t be the only source of nutrients Current recommendations for choline 94% of pregnant women aren’t meeting their adequate intake levels The biggest concerns about gestational diabetes and the lifelong development of a child What does carbohydrate intake look like during a healthy pregnancy? Alternative options are available for the gestational diabetes test Warming foods are recommended during the 4th trimester Collagen rich sources of food are beneficial for healing postpartum Lecithin rich foods help blocked milk ducts Make sure you eat enough food postpartum Vitamin D recommendations for mom and baby Low blood sugar is not good for your mental health Micronutrients that play a role in thyroid health and mental health Pregnancy spacing allows time for your body to heal Show sponsor: Nook Sleep (use the code ULTIMATEBABY to save 15% off) Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Lily Nichols - Real Food For Pregnancy (book) Lily Nichols website Follow Lily Nichols on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Lily Nichols - Real Food For Gestational Diabetes (book) Wild Meadows Farm (use the code ULTIMATEHEALTH to save $15 off your first order) US Wellness Meats Seeking Health – Prenatal (use code ULTIMATEBABY to save 10%) Lily Nichols - CGM Experiment: What I Learned As A Non-Diabetic From Wearing A Continous Glucose Monitor (article) Women's Health Nutrition Academy - Nutrition For Breastfeeding (webinar) Lily Nichols - Real Food Postpartum Recovery Meals: 50+ Recipes & Freezer Tips (article) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
2/24/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 22 seconds
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015: Twelve Takeaways From The First Year of Motherhood

This episode is all about a year in review of being a mom. There is so much to reflect on from the first year with my daughter Sarelle. Countless lessons have been learned and so much knowledge has been gained in a short period of time. Of course, there is so much I could share, but I have condensed it down to 12 things that I think are the biggest takeaways that will benefit any mom or mom-to-be. I am no expert and I don’t claim to have all the answers. All I can do is share my experiences with you. I know you will relate, and I hope these takeaways guide you on your own motherhood journey. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle’s 50-week milestones The best learning is the experience Bed-sharing vs. co-sleeping Be open-minded and go with the flow Sleep is always changing Our hybrid approach to sleep practices When people offer you help accept it Breastfeeding non-stop helps increase milk supply Bonding and engaging with your baby Be prepared with activities & snacks for car trips Less is more, you don’t need so many clothes Fresh air makes for a happy baby and better sleep Make it a priority to socialize your baby Stay connected with other moms Follow your instincts when it comes to feeding your baby solids Parenthood means to stay humble & stay present Babywearing is important Show sponsor: Nook Sleep (use the code ULTIMATEBABY to save 15% off) Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Raffi - Essentials Sesame Street - Platinum All-Time Favourites Lisa Loeb - Silly Sing-Along Sharon, Lois, and Bram - The Elephant Show Record Rockabye Baby! - Essentials Jax and Lennon Clothing Co. Listen to Angela Wallace previously on TUBP (episode #014) Cococho Baby Carrier Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Marni Wasserman photo credit: Vicki Bartel Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
2/10/202146 minutes, 19 seconds
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014: Starting Your Baby on Solids & The Benefits of Baby-Led Weaning with Angela Wallace

On today's show I have registered dietitian, family food expert, and mama Angela Wallace. She specializes in women and children's nutrition and fitness. She loves to support families in transitioning their littles to solid foods, weaning, and tackling picky eating. I loved picking Angela's brain on this topic. It was so relevant since we on our solid food journey and I had so many juicy questions which I am sure will relate to so many going through this stage. We get into everything from what are the best foods to start your baby on, baby-led weaning vs. pureed foods, introducing allergenic foods, how to know if baby is choking or gagging and important nutrient dense foods your baby should be eating. An incredible conversation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle’s 45-week milestones When should you start your baby on solids? Babies digestive systems mature by 6 months old The traditional vs. baby-led weaning (BLW) approach to feeding your baby Sarelle’s 1st food Why you should start your baby on iron-rich foods first Follow your baby’s cue on hunger and fullness Aim to feed your baby 1 to 2 tbsp of food Thoughts on baby feeders - mesh vs. silicone Plates or sectioned trays are great for picky/fussy eaters Babies learn to bite, chew, and swallow Offer water with mealtime How much water should babies intake? Sippy cups can impact teeth and dental hygiene Baby-led weaning starts with larger pieces of soft food Babies develop the pincer grasp between 8-10 months old If you offer your baby pureed foods only, change up the textures The differences between gagging and choking Gagging or choking can happen whether you feed your baby purees or BLW Common allergens and how to properly introduce them Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction Feed your baby a variety of foods in the first 2 years Healthy fats are important for brain development Baby massages help encourage digestion Foods with P (peaches, pears, plums, prunes) help constipation Foods to avoid feeding baby before 1 years old Baby-led weaning (BLW) book recommendations The benefits of baby-led weaning Show sponsor: Nook Sleep (use the code ULTIMATEBABY to save 15% off) Bebcare Hear - Digital Audio Baby Monitor - use the code "ultimatebaby" to save 10% off Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Angela Wallace's website (Eat Right Feel Right) Follow Angela Wallace (Eat Right Feel Right) on Facebook and Instagram Intuitive Introductions - Baby Led Weaning Course Boon Easy Grip Frozen Food Silcone Feeder NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder Munchkin 360 Trainer Cup Gill Rapley & Tracey Murkett - Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide To Introducing Solids (book) Jenna Helwig - Baby-Led Feeding: A Natural Way to Raise Happy, Independent Eaters (book) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
1/27/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 16 seconds
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013: A Positive Pregnancy & Birth Experience to Raising a Healthy Eater with Joy McCarthy

On today’s show, I have a long time friend and colleague of mine, Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health. She is not only a mama to her sweet daughter Vienna, but she is also a holistic nutritionist, author of three best-selling books, and hosts the Joyous Heath Podcast with her hubby Walker. I am thrilled to have her on my show as she has knowledge in so many areas that relate to mom and baby wellness. We cover so much on today’s episode including Joy's positive pregnancy experience, what foods she craved during pregnancy, how she cared for her skin and baby bump, the interventions she avoided, how she prepared for a natural birth, breastfeeding challenges, and the key nutrients for raising a healthy child. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle’s 44-week milestones Joy loved being pregnant Her food cravings and aversions during pregnancy Avoid refined sugar to help balance blood sugar levels Nourish your body... what you eat is growing the baby The key nutrients Joy recommends for pregnancy Listen to your gut, don’t take iron supplements if you don’t need too Yoga helps manage round ligament pain Make sure you rest during the third trimester How Joy managed her anxiety naturally throughout pregnancy Take time to slow down during pregnancy Joy’s body care and bump care routine to avoid stretch marks Bring mindfulness into your pregnancy Joy’s pregnancy self-care rituals Her approach to the different interventions and tests that came up Tune it to connect with your child’s soul Vitamin K can be administered orally to the baby Joy’s positive approach to her birth plan The benefits of a birthing center The struggle with breastfeeding in the first 6 weeks Using organic goat milk formula for top-ups Having a supportive co-parent is essential Allow your body time to heal postpartum Vienna’s first foods The challenges feeding toddlers and what you can do Start with vegetables first before super sweet foods The key nutrients for raising a healthy child Kids are more deficient than adults in essential fatty acids How much vitamin D do kids need? Partnering with Genuine Health to create a kid’s line of supplements Teach kids to try a food 7x Don’t be so militant about food You know your child best, all your decisions come down to you and your partner Show sponsor: Nook Sleep (use the code ULTIMATEBABY to save 15% off) Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Joyous Health Follow Joy McCarthy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Joy McCarthy - The Joyous Cookbook (book) Joy McCarthy - Joyous Detox (book) Joy McCarthy - Joyous Health (book) Joyous Health Podcast Follow Walker Jordan on Instagram Episode 22: Marni Wasserman - A courageous transition from veganism to living life to the fullest Frozen Witch Hazel Pad Recipe Joyous Health Pregnancy & Birthing Affirmations Mama Natural Pregnancy Affirmation Cards and App Joyous Health - Body butter (use the code MARNI10 to save 10% off) Genuine Health Kids - Fermented Organic Gut Superfoods+ kids Genuine Health Kids - Advanced Gut Health Probiotic kids Genuine Health Kids - Omega3 kids + D3 Joyous Health - Little Food Lovers: Raising Healthy Snackers (ebook) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
1/13/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 19 seconds
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012: The Fourth Trimester

This week we are diving into the often forgotten about fourth trimester. So much planning and preparation go into baby and delivery but not enough is talked about when it comes to what to do after the baby is born. It’s a challenging, yet beautiful time with your newborn and there is so much to learn so quickly. Jesse and I share as much as we could recollect from our fourth trimester experience with Sarelle. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle's 38-week milestones The first 12 weeks after Sarelle was born (the 4th trimester) Oral vitamin K Encapsulating Marni's placenta A support team after birth is essential Making baths part of your self-care healing routine Allowing time for your body to rest and heal Feeding Sarelle every 2 hours (even through the night) The challenges of breastfeeding, pumping, & top-ups We opted for goat milk formula Natural options to help increase your milk supply Hiring a lactation consultant to guide our breastfeeding journey Chiropractic care during pregnancy & postpartum (for baby and mom) How to relieve a blocked milk duct Healing after a vaginal delivery Co-sleeping, bassinets & sleep sacks Establishing a good nighttime routine Transitioning Sarelle from co-sleeping to her crib Dream feeding & pumping at night Marni & Sarelle’s supplement protocols Newborn activities, books, & toys Bonding while babywearing Causes of baby acne Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Listen to The First Trimester The Ultimate Baby aka TUB – The First Trimester (Marni’s blog post) Listen to The Second Trimester The Second Trimester And Beyond (Marni's blog post) The Ultimate Baby Nursery - Eco Friendly, Cozy & Natural (Marni's blog post) Listen to The Third Trimester The Ultimate Birth Story (Marni's blog post) Our Doula - Jessica Ienna Mendez (IG: @gymdoula) Midwives of Windsor Graceful Birth Doula Services (placenta encapsulation) Listen to Genevieve Howland aka Mama Natural previously on TUHP (episode #315) Mama Natural's website Haakaa (breast pump) Holle Organic Infant Goat Milk Formula 1 Lactation Cookie Recipe to Increase Breast Milk Supply (Mama Natural) Chalice Spice - The Ultimate Breastmilk Tea Jennifer Day (lactation consultant) Medela Freestyle Breast Pump (double) Sunflower lecithin Frida Mom Frida Mom (Oscars ad rejected) Thayers Alcohol-Free Original Witch Hazel 7th Generation Free & Clear Overnight Pads HALO BassiNest Glide Sleeper Nested Bean - Zen Swaddle Premier Arm's Reach (we have older model) Cloud b Sleep Sheep Sound Soother Yogasleep Whish White Noise Sound Machine 4moms rockaRoo 4moms rockaRoo (infant insert) Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing Solly Baby (wrap carrier) Ergobaby Embrace (wrap carrier) Skip Hop (whale bath tub) Seeking Health - Prenatal (use code ULTIMATEBABY to save 10%) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
11/11/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 7 seconds
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011: My Birth Story

My labour was long and difficult but it was a day (or two) that I will never forget. Any woman that has given birth, no matter how or where is amazing! I have such an appreciation for labour and delivery being on the other side of it. It was a wild, exhilarating, exhausting experience but worth every second. Sharing a birth story is very intimate and very empowering, and I am excited to share my story with you in this episode. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle's 36-week milestones Acknowledging all the women who have given birth Hitting the 40-week milestone Natural induction protocols Potential risks involved with a hind water leak Our home birth nearly turned into a hospital birth Trying one last natural induction remedy... castor oil Finally contractions, home birth is back on! The arrival of our doula & midwives Trying various birthing positions & techniques throughout the day Manually breaking the water Our birthing tub experience Moving through the long and exhausting stages of labour Tough love from midwives at the end of labour The miraculous arrival of our baby girl!! Her name... Sarelle Jolie Delaying cord cutting and delivering the placenta The start of our breastfeeding journey We're so grateful for our birthing team The meaning behind Sarelle Jolie’s name Thank you for your love & support throughout our pregnancy & birth Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Listen to The First Trimester The Ultimate Baby aka TUB – The First Trimester (Marni’s blog post) Listen to The Second Trimester The Second Trimester And Beyond (Marni's blog post) The Ultimate Baby Nursery - Eco Friendly, Cozy & Natural (Marni's blog post) Listen to The Third Trimester The Ultimate Birth Story (Marni's blog post) Our Doula - Jessica Ienna Mendez (IG: @gymdoula) Midwives of Windsor Joe Rogan episode #1425 with Garrett Reisman Medley pull out couch (formerly called Stem Goods) Rallis Olive Oil Chalice Spice - The Ultimate Breastfeeding Tea Seeking Health - Prenatal (use code ULTIMATEBABY to save 10%) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
10/28/20201 hour, 1 minute, 26 seconds
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010: The Third Trimester

The third trimester was busy, uncomfortable, and full of surprises. But it also had us both so excited and on the edge of our seat to meet our little babe. We were as prepared as we could possibly be and were so ready for the birth even though we didn't know when, where, or how it would all turn out. In this episode, Jesse and I get into our unique eco baby shower, preventing constipation, (lack of) sleep, belly mapping, consuming dates, dealing with a frank breech baby, natural remedies for fighting a cold during pregnancy, and so much more!   Highlights from this episode: Sarelle's 33-week milestones Our tea party themed baby shower Receiving books instead of cards to grow TUB’s library We're grateful for the gifts and continued support Capturing your pregnancy with a photoshoot What is belly mapping? At 32 weeks, baby was in a frank breech position Chiropractic care and Spinning Babies exercises The home visit with the midwives ended in a hospital visit at 37 weeks Always look for the silver lining in a situation you can’t control Shortness of breath is still an ongoing struggle in trimester 3 Eating high fiber foods and staying hydrated helps prevent constipation Glowing skin and thick lush hair How our sleep has been impacted during this stage Exercises to tune into your pelvic floor Listen to your body Can you prevent tearing with the EPI-NO? Start planning for postpartum Stockpile your freezer with ready-to-go meals & snacks Minimize any stress and be prepared as possible Consuming dates can reduce the intensity & duration of labour The benefits of drinking red raspberry leaf tea Marni's new breastmilk tea helps increase milk supply Pregnancy safe natural remedies for fighting a cold Enjoying the nesting phase of pregnancy Creating a nursing station for breastfeeding area Getting the car seat properly installed Trust and surrender to what comes next Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates Listen to The First Trimester The Ultimate Baby aka TUB – The First Trimester (Marni’s blog post) Listen to The Second Trimester The Second Trimester And Beyond (Marni's blog post) The Ultimate Baby Nursery - Eco Friendly, Cozy & Natural (Marni's blog post) Penny Simkin - The Birth Partner (book) Spinning Babies Listen to Jen Oliver previously on TUHP (episode #262) Jen Oliver - The Love FitMama Way (book) FitMama Podcast Glowing Mama Health & Fitness Program – Use the code “ultimatehealth15” for 15% off Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project Workouts EPI-NO Kim Vopni - Prepare To Push (book) Bellies Inc. Listen to Genevieve Howland aka Mama Natural previously on TUHP (episode #315) Larabar Chalice Spice - The Ultimate Baby (TUB) Tea Collection Traditional Medicinals - Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Chalice Spice - The Ultimate Breastmilk Tea For Nursing Mothers Beekeeper's Naturals - Propolis Spray (SAVE 15% off all Beekeeper's Naturals products + Free Shipping over $60) Listen to Focus Friday - Close the Loops previously on TUHP (episode #314) Seeking Health - Prenatal (use code ULTIMATEBABY to save 10%) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
10/14/202042 minutes, 56 seconds
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009: The Second Trimester

Trimester two was definitely a highlight for me and I am so grateful that it went so smoothly. I cover so much in this episode including when my bump really popped, feeling the baby's first movements and the heartbeat, red raspberry leaf tea, slowing down, diet & supplements, preparing for a natural home birth, pregnancy book recommendations, birth classes, and so much more. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle's 32-week milestones Marni’s growing bump Embracing pregnancy Feeling the baby kick at week 20 Moisturizing your belly, boobs, & bottom Increase your collagen intake with daily smoothies & elixirs Homemade gummies are the tastiest way to consume gelatin Common body changes happening throughout trimester 2 Exercise video recommendations for trimester 2 Yoga is very conducive to being pregnant The benefits of connecting with pregnant mamas in your community Learning through birth classes Pregnancy book recommendations Our babymoon & nesting Preparing the nursery for TUB A home visit from our doula Preparing for a natural home birth The magical moment... hearing TUB’s heartbeat Why you need to see a pelvic floor specialist Connecting with the baby through meditation Mama's diet and cravings Marni’s Hashimoto's antibodies are the lowest they’ve ever been Boosting low iron with foods & supplements Packing the freezer with healthy, homemade meals Red raspberry leaf tea Marni’s daily supplement regimen Scheduling time for dates, family & fun Embrace slowing down before the baby comes Marni’s maternity capsule wardrobe Related links: Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for baby TUB updates Listen to The First Trimester The Second Trimester And Beyond (Marni's blog post) Joyous Health - Body Butter Perfect Keto Sproos Listen to Genevieve Howland aka Mama Natural previously on TUHP (episode #315) Marni Wasserman - A Real Treat (ebook) Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project Workouts Glowing Mama Health & Fitness Program – Use the code “ultimatehealth15” for 15% off Mama Natural Birth Course Love Your Labour Program Pam England - Birthin From Within (book) Penny Simkin - The Birth Partner (book) Lily Nichols - Real Food for Pregnancy (book) Ina May Gaskin - Guide to Childbirth (book) Ina May Gaskin - Guide to Breastfeeding (book) John Pfeiffer - Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad! (book) Genevieve Howland - The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth (book) Listen to Focus Friday - Minimize Your Chemical Exposure Three Lambs Baby Boutique Babyletto Toco Swivel Glider and Ottoman Nuna - stroller, carseat, & play yard Designs For Health - Ferrochel Iron Chelate Chalice Spice - The Ultimate Baby (TUB) Tea Collection Genevieve Howland - The Truth About Red Raspberry Leaf Tea During Pregnancy (article) Seeking Health - Prenatal (use code ULTIMATEBABY to save 10%) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
9/30/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 46 seconds
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008: The First Trimester

Get ready to hear all about our first trimester with my husband Jesse. In this episode, you will hear about what we did to improve our chances of fertility and what we did to support a healthy pregnancy from diet to supplements, to healing therapies. We also get into the specifics of what the 1st trimester entailed from nausea, food aversions, cravings, and how we created our ideal birth plan. Have a listen and join us on our baby journey! Highlights from this episode: Sarelle's 30-week milestones Baby TUB (The Ultimate Baby) is arriving in February 2020 Planning for pregnancy Trying to conceive (TTC) with Hashimoto’s disease Working with a functional medicine team CoQ10 for fertility MTHFR explained Supplements to consider during pregnancy What is a repro reflexologist? Tracking basal body temperature (BBT) Listen to your body Self-care is important Cutting down on caffeine Avoiding hot showers & saunas Thriving on paleo diet during pregnancy 1st trimester symptoms Marni's pregnancy cravings Staying hydrated Embrace slowing down We're super grateful for the "work" we get to do Our pregnancy team Our natural birth plan Related links: Follow Marni Wasserman on Instagram The Ultimate Baby aka TUB - The First Trimester (Marni's blog post) Seeking Health - Prenatal (use code ULTIMATEBABY to save 10%) Sally Fallon - Nourishing Traditions (book) Vital Proteins - Grass-Fed Beef Liver Capsules Eastern Market (Detroit Farmer's Market) Sea Bands The Ginger People - Gin Gins Simple Mills (grain-free products) Siete (grain-free products) unBun Foods - Keto Buns Reflexology + Reiki (Sandra Bistany) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
9/16/202046 minutes, 44 seconds
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007: Navigating Life With A Newborn with Genevieve Howland aka Mama Natural

Life with a newborn is beautiful, but it's not easy. There will be so many new adjustments to your life as a new mom and it can be overwhelming. Even though every situation is unique, you want to be prepared with some helpful and practical information to care for yourself and your baby. Genevieve Howland (aka Mama Natural), has so much to share for new moms who want the very best for themselves and their little ones during the fourth trimester. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle's 26-week milestones Adjusting to life with a newborn during the 4th trimester The challenges of breastfeeding and finding a proper latch Why you need to hire a lactation consultant Is your baby getting enough breastmilk? How to find donor milk if you aren’t producing enough breastmilk The top 3 formula recommendations Goat vs. cow milk for babies When to introduce the bottle so there is no nipple confusion Your baby’s poop will tell you a lot about their digestion Understanding foremilk & hindmilk Tips for dealing with a fussy baby during breastfeeding Crying is the way your baby communicates The key to wake windows How do you know if your baby is colicky? Dairy in your diet could lead to a gassy baby Babywearing helps reduce crying The 4 month sleep regression Setting up a healthy night routine for baby Get your baby to learn how to self soothe Video baby monitors emit high levels of EMFs The benefit of music for babies Afternoon sunlight helps babies sleep at night Naps are important for mom & baby Postpartum mom’s need to rest & recover for 4-6 weeks after childbirth Eating oatmeal is great for breast milk production Magnesium citrate helps prevent constipation How a sitz bath helps with postpartum healing Moms… make sure to take care of yourself It’s important to sleep when the baby sleeps Let go of your expectations and enjoy the ride Related links: Follow Marni Wasserman on Instagram Mama Natural website Follow Mama Natural on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Mama Natural The Week By Week Guide To Pregnancy & Childbirth by Genevieve Howland Mama Natural Baby Care Course Mama Natural Birth Course Listen to TUHP episode 315: Genevieve Howland aka Mama Natural - Preparing For A Healthy Pregnancy & Childbirth IBLCE Mama Natural - Baby Milestones Chart: Is Your Baby On Track (article) La Leche League International Mama Natural - What Is The Best Baby Formula? (article) HiPP Baby Formula Holle Baby Formula Kendamil Baby Formula Comotomo Baby Bottle Mama Natural - Which Are The Best Bottles For Breastfed Babies (article) Mama Natural - Baby Poop-What's Normal & What Ain't (article) Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump Bebcare Hear - Digital Audio Baby Monitor - use the code "ultimatebaby" to save 10% off Mama Natural - The Best Baby Monitor (article) Mama Natural - Hair Rescue! Grow Thicker, Healthier Hair Naturally (ebook) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
9/2/20201 hour, 31 minutes, 48 seconds
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006: What To Eat And What Not To Eat During Pregnancy

It's vital to eat well when you are pregnant. However just note, you are not eating for two, but rather you are nourishing for two! This is not the time to go all out and eat whatever you want despite what you have heard. This is your chance to feed your body and your growing baby the best nutrient-dense foods ever! Of course, you may go through some periods of cravings or be turned off of certain foods. But for the most part, build your diet with the specific nutrients and foods that I discuss in this episode. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle’s 23-week milestones Nourishing for two Build your body with nutrient-dense foods Consuming healthy animal protein sources Fermented foods will keep you regular Soothing benefits of bone broth Gelatin has become a superfood Fill your plate with high-quality fats Can you drink kombucha during pregnancy? Plant-based sources of calcium Choline is important for brain development Foods high in DHA Supplement & food sources of folate Importance of iodine Absorb iron-rich foods Potassium helps relieve leg cramps Increase your magnesium by eating leafy greens, avocados, & brown rice Take cod liver capsules through pregnancy Good sources of Vitamin C Make cooking real food at home a habit Guidelines for eating raw fish & shellfish How much caffeine is safe? Be cautious animal proteins are cooked properly Should you eat raw sprouts? The lowdown on fresh juices Be mindful of raw dairy Foods to absolutely avoid always Replacements for processed foods Herbs & medicinal mushrooms to avoid Stick to clean, whole foods Related links: Follow Marni Wasserman on Instagram Listen to TUB005: Nausea, Cravings, and Aversions A Real Treat ebook Seeking Health - Prenatal Vitamins Real Food Pregnancy by Lily Nichols Mama Natural The Week By Week Guide To Pregnancy & Childbirth by Genevieve Howland Watch Marni Wasserman IGTV - Best Nutrient Dense Foods During Pregnancy Chalice Spice – The Ultimate Baby Tea Collection Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
8/12/202030 minutes, 23 seconds
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005: Nausea, Cravings, and Aversions

Many women experience nausea, food cravings, and aversions during their first trimester, and sometimes throughout their entire pregnancy. This can be mild for some, or quite intense for others. Everyone is unique in their own experience. But regardless of the extent of your symptoms, with specific foods, supplements, and helpful tips that can ease the discomfort of nausea. With a commitment to eating healthy nutrient-dense foods, you can keep your cravings clean. With food aversions, there are just some foods you are likely not going to want to eat or look at, and that is okay. There are many quirks that happen during pregnancy and these are just a few of them. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle’s 22-week milestones Experiencing nausea during the 1st trimester What is hyperemesis gravidarum? Debunking myths about baby’s gender B6 is known to help with nausea Sea bands provide natural relief with acupressure Benefits of taking a magnesium supplement Eating white potatoes helped combat my nausea Make sure to eat nutrient-dense foods Replace saltines with grain-free cassava crackers Simple smoothies are an easy way to stay nourished Always keep snacks on hand Make sure to take prenatal vitamins with food Advice for drinking kombucha during pregnancy Spicy & greasy foods can cause nausea and heartburn How pregnancy affects your sense of smell Tackling food cravings during pregnancy Find out what food aversions I experienced Trust your intuition Related links: Follow Marni Wasserman on Instagram Natural Factors B6 - 50 mg The Ginger People - Gin Gins Sea Bands Simple Mills Crackers Seeking Health - Prenatal Vitamins Watch Marni Wasserman IGTV - 1st Trimester Nausea Hacks Chalice Spice – The Ultimate Baby Tea Collection - 1st Trimester Listen to TUHP episode 309: Focus Friday – The Ultimate Baby (Our 1st Trimester) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
7/29/202023 minutes, 33 seconds
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004: Getting Pregnant with Hashimoto's

So the question is, can you get pregnant with Hashimoto's? The answer is yes! This was something I definitely questioned when I was first starting to think about trying to conceive and wondered if I would have any challenges - as fertility can be something that is affected by autoimmune conditions and specifically, Hashimoto's thyroiditis. But I didn’t let the “what-ifs” get in my way. I just focused on all the things I could do to support my health and my thyroid gland. You will find out what I did and what you can do to give your body the best chances of conceiving with an autoimmune disease. Highlights from this episode: Sarelle’s 19-week milestones Can you get pregnant with Hashimoto’s? What is Hashimoto’s How I figured out I had Hashimoto’s Advocate to get your antibody levels checked Why the vegetarian diet does not support thyroid health Supplement recommendations for thyroid health Work with a functional medicine team Why I recommend natural desiccated thyroid hormone Request a full thyroid panel test Benefits of the autoimmune protocol (AIP) The best herbs & medicinal mushrooms to lower your antibodies Sleep is critical to repair and restore your body Sarelle’s 4-month sleep regression Low impact exercise ideas Make self-care a priority when you are trying to heal Drink lots of water to flush out toxins Related links: Follow Marni Wasserman on Instagram Listen to TUB002: My Journey To A Natural Pregnancy Listen to TUB003: Natural Preconception Planning Listen to TUHP episode 156: Elle Russ - Reclaim Your Thyroid Health Elle Russ - The Paleo Thyroid Solution (book) Four Sigmatic BioMat Clearlight Saunas - Save $450 off + Free Gift Listen to TUHP episode 258: Samantha Gladish - Healing Hashimoto's Healing & Dealing with Hashimoto's (Online Course) Watch Marni Wasserman IGTV Channel Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
7/8/202031 minutes, 14 seconds
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003: Natural Preconception Planning

It is so important to get your mind and body ready long before you want to get pregnant. First and foremost, make sure you are ready to have this baby! You will want to have many essential components of your life in place before you actually conceive. Of course, you can’t always plan things perfectly but as long as you do what you can, it can make a world of difference to support your body in conceiving naturally. This includes everything from removing the toxins in your home, to the supplements you are taking, the foods you are eating (and not eating), including regular exercise and managing your levels of stress. I get into all of this and so much more in this episode! Subscribe in Apple Podcasts Subscribe in Google Podcasts Follow in Spotify Highlights from this episode: Sarelle’s 15 week milestones How to prepare the body to conceive naturally Remove toxins from your home that may be affecting your fertility Make exercise and movement a priority Filter your water at home Address any previous health concerns before conceiving When to start taking prenatal supplements Do you have the MTHFR gene? Both men & women should take CoQ10 for fertility Vitamin D is good for your immune system The benefits of magnesium Increase your iron levels before & during pregnancy Probiotics are important for your immune system & gut health Eat good quality fats while trying to conceive (TTC) What type of fish can you eat during pregnancy? Goat & sheep dairy are easier to digest Avoid GMO foods and choose organic Cut down on caffeine while TTC Don’t be afraid of carbs! Can you have a healthy vegetarian pregnancy? Use collagen and bone broth to nourish your body Tips for managing your stress when you are TTC What apps I recommend to track your fertility Related links: Follow Marni Wasserman on Instagram Listen to TUHP episode 309: Focus Friday – The Ultimate Baby (Our 1st Trimester) Berkey Water Filter Systems Seeking Health - Prenatal Vitamins Mama Natural - Fish During Pregnancy: Why You ABSOLUTELY Should Be Eating Fish (article) Sunwarrior Clue Period & Cycle Tracker (app) Flo: Health & Period Tracker (app) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
6/24/202033 minutes, 9 seconds
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002: My Journey To A Natural Pregnancy

What does a natural pregnancy actually mean? What does living a natural life mean? These are some of the concepts I explore on today’s show. On today’s show, I take you through my personal fertility backstory, which had a not so natural beginning. I give an overview of my entire pregnancy and birth story. You will have the chance to learn more about me while collecting some valuable tips along the way. Thanks for listening! Highlights from this episode: Sarelle's 14-week milestones What does natural pregnancy mean to me? The goal of having a healthy baby Getting diagnosed with mild PCOS at age 19 The unnatural start to my menstrual cycle My journey into studying natural health & nutrition Transitioning from a vegetarian to paleo diet to heal Hashimoto's Laying the foundation for a calm & peaceful lifestyle How a functional medicine team can help you conceive naturally What is a chemical pregnancy? Why we opted out of the 7-week ultrasound We decided not to find out the gender of the baby Find out what other pregnancy interventions we opted out of doing Working with a midwife team from 11-weeks until postpartum The benefits of repro reflexology for pregnancy Nausea and food aversions during trimester 1 Pelvic floor exercises help a natural delivery Preparing my body & mind for a natural, unmedicated home birth Dealing with a breech baby at 32-weeks The hind water leak that almost lead to a hospital birth Having the pregnancy & delivery of my dreams Related links: Listen to The Ultimate Health Podcast Follow Marni Wasserman on Instagram Listen to TUHP episode 309: Focus Friday - The Ultimate Baby (Our 1st Trimester) Listen to TUHP episode 325: Focus Friday - The Ultimate Baby (Our 2nd Trimester) Listen to TUHP episode 335: Focus Friday - The Ultimate Baby (Our 3rd Trimester) Listen to TUHP episode 342: Focus Friday - Our Birth Story Listen to TUHP episode 354: Focus Friday - The Ultimate Baby (Our 4th Trimester) Joyous Health - Body Butter The Institute of Holistic Nutrition Chalice Spice - The Ultimate Baby Tea Collection Pam England - Birthing From Within (book) Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
6/10/202052 minutes, 16 seconds
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001: The Ultimate Baby Podcast Is Born

Welcome to The Ultimate Baby Podcast! My motherhood journey has just begun after going through a natural pregnancy and home birth. I have learned (and will continue to learn) so much along the way and I'm excited to share this information with you in a brand new podcast! My approach is natural and holistic. I will be covering a variety of topics from optimizing fertility, diet and supplements during pregnancy, alternative interventions, the benefits and challenges of breastfeeding, building a birth team and so much more. My goal is empower and educate you and help you raise the ultimate baby! Highlights from this episode: How to navigate your way through a natural pregnancy & childbirth My transition from running a cooking studio to cohosting The Ultimate Health Podcast Getting diagnosed with Hashimoto’s & changing my diet I always knew I wanted to be a Mom I started my motherhood journey with our 1st baby girl, Goji our dog Transforming our whole lifestyle to a simpler, more balanced life Jesse & I got married in 2018 The steps Jesse & I took before trying to conceive (TTC) After having an amazing pregnancy & childbirth experience I wanted to share my message Focusing the new podcast on a natural & holistic perspective There is no right or wrong answer, choose what works best for you I’m currently 12 weeks postpartum on my parenting journey Sarelle Jolie (our beautiful baby girl) is the inspiration behind The Ultimate Baby Podcast Upcoming episode topics will include: What to eat before, during and after giving birth Vegetarian pregnancy vs. the benefits of including animal proteins Foods & herbs to eat and the ones to avoid Fertility tips & trying to conceive (TTC) Pregnancy & childbirth interventions Navigating pregnancy with an autoimmune disease What supplements to take before, during and after giving birth The best Mom & baby products How to set up a non-toxic nursery Skincare products to use during pregnancy & postpartum The importance of exercise, movement & pelvic floor therapy Debunking the myths for predicting the baby's gender Challenges that come up during pregnancy The different stages of pregnancy & beyond (trimester 1 to 4) Preparing for a natural childbirth Breastfeeding tips & lactation support Stocking your freezer with nourishing foods for the postpartum period Should you eat your placenta?! Partner & birth team support for labour and delivery How to overcome your fears around childbirth Epidurals, c-sections & preparing for the unexpected Related links: Listen to The Ultimate Health Podcast Follow Marni Wasserman on Instagram Follow Jesse Chappus on Instagram Follow Goji Super Dog on Instagram Listen to TUHP episode 183: Focus Friday - Our Engagement Story Listen to TUHP episode 253: Focus Friday - Our Ultimate Wedding Listen to TUHP episode 260: Focus Friday - Bali Offerings Read The Ultimate Birth Story Subscribe to TUBP in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won’t cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you!
5/8/202020 minutes, 22 seconds