Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey show

Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey

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

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 Bonus: How Does COVID-19 Affect Pregnant Women and Newborns? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:15

In part five of their “Momming During Coronavirus” bonus series, Shanna and Laura interview neonatologists Dr. Diana Montoya-Williams and Dr. Joanna Parga-Belinkie about how COVID-19 is affecting newborn babies and pregnant women. The doctors answer all of Laura and Shanna’s burning questions about the novel coronavirus, including whether newborns are at risk for contracting the disease, what pregnant mothers can expect when they go into labor during this time, whether moms-to-be should consider non-hospital births, if trying to conceive is advised at this time and more. Dr. Diana and Dr. Joanna host the podcast Baby Doctor Mamas, a show for new parents by physician-mothers specializing in newborn medicine. They can be found at babydoctormamas.com. This episode's show notes - http://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/bonus-how-does-covid-19-affect-pregnant-women-and-newborns | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/

 Ep. 93: Toddlers Hyped on Sugar and iPhones | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:44

In the special segment “Today I Learned,” Laura and Shanna dive into the world of geriatric pregnancy, lifelike baby dolls and the belief that sugar makes kids hyper. Also, Shanna talks about her toddler’s foray into the world of crunchy food, and Laura discusses her son’s newest interest -- looking at photos of himself on the phone. Finally, they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s toddler is 15 months, and Laura’s toddler is 13 months and three weeks old. This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-93/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry

 Bonus: Your Coronavirus Quarantine Stories | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:02

Laura and Shanna talk sanitizing groceries, homemade face masks, quarantine haircuts, failed kids’ activities and more in part four of their "Momming During Coronavirus" bonus series, where they come to you in real time to give an update on how they are dealing with the coronavirus upheaval. They also include listener stories from around the world about what parenting is like during this pandemic. It’s been four weeks since the coronavirus pandemic has turned Laura and Shanna’s lives upside down, and the spread of COVID-19 has shut down schools, workplaces, parks, beaches and all non-essential businesses in Los Angeles, where Shanna and Laura live. They also share several BFPs that have arisen amidst the chaos of the last week. This episode's show notes - http://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/bonus-your-coronavirus-quarantine-stories | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry

 Ep. 92: Toddler Tantrums and Ninja-Like Mom Moves | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:35

Shanna talks about her toddler’s first tantrum (which was over the silliest, toddler-iest issue ever), and Laura admits a “mom fail” she recently had with her toddler. Also, in the special segment “Mom Wins!,” Laura and Shanna celebrate the parenting achievements they’ve had recently, including some heavy loads, free sandwiches and a death-defying ninja move. Finally, they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s toddler is 14 months and three weeks old, and Laura’s toddler is 13 months and two weeks old. This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-92/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/

 We Want Your Stories! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:02:29

We would love to hear about your experience during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Record a voice memo and send it to contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com and it may appear in a future episode of Big Fat Positive.

 Ep. 91: Dropping Naps and Picking Up Babies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:23

Transitioning a toddler from two naps to one is a daunting task, and this week Laura and Shanna discuss their attempts at dropping the second nap. They also talk about the RIE approach to picking up babies and how quickly a parent can become accustomed to the seemingly bizarre practice. Also, in the special segment “Big Topic,” Shanna and Laura dive into self-care, which can easily take a back seat once children enter the picture. The new moms ask themselves how they are succeeding and failing at self-care and how they can improve in prioritizing their own needs. Finally, they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s toddler is 14 months and two weeks old, and Laura’s toddler is 13 months and three weeks old. This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-91/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/

 Bonus: Alone Together: Sheltering in Place with Children | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:07

It’s been two weeks since the coronavirus pandemic has turned Laura and Shanna’s lives upside down, and the spread of COVID-19 has shut down schools, workplaces, and all non-essential businesses in Los Angeles, where Shanna and Laura live, and in part three of their "Momming During Coronavirus" bonus series, they come to you in real time to give an update on how they are dealing with the upheaval. They also interview Ayelet Marinovich, founder of Learn With Less, about how parents can interact with their babies and toddlers during this challenging time with what they already have. They also share several BFPs that have arisen amidst the chaos of the last week. This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/bonus-alone-together-sheltering-in-place-with-children/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/

 Ep. 90: Toddlers on the Run | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:54

In the special segment “It Takes a Village,” Laura and Shanna ask each other and listeners for help with parenting dilemmas they are currently facing. Also, Shanna talks about her toddler’s recent word explosion, and Laura discusses her toddler’s progress toward dropping down to one nap a day. Finally, the moms reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s toddler is 14 months and one week old, and Laura’s toddler is 13 months and 2 weeks old. This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-90/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/

 Bonus: Quarantine with Kids | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:33

In part two of their "Momming During Coronavirus" bonus series, Shanna and Laura come to you again in real time to give an update on how they are dealing with the quarantine. It’s been one week since the coronavirus pandemic has turned their lives upside down, and the spread of COVID-19 has shut down schools, workplaces, large events and more in Los Angeles, where Shanna and Laura live, and they discuss what it’s like to be a mom while practicing social distancing, sheltering in place and working from home while caring for small children. They also share several BFPs that have arisen amidst the chaos of the last week. This episode's show notes - http://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/bonus-quarantine-with-kids | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/

 Ep. 89: Baby Bronchitis Is a B*tch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:45

Shanna talks about one of her hardest days parenting ever when her 14-month-old daughter becomes sick, and Laura makes Shanna jealous AF with the free childcare and date nights she’s had this week. Also, in the segment “Mom Confessions,” Laura and Shanna admit the amusingly scandalous parenting moves they’ve made recently. Finally, the moms reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s toddler is 14 months old, and Laura’s toddler is 13 months and 1 week old. This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-89/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/

 Bonus: Momming During Coronavirus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:54

Laura and Shanna come to you in real time with a special bonus episode about parenting during a pandemic. The spread of coronavirus and subsequent COVID-19 has shut down schools, workplaces, large events and more in Los Angeles, where Shanna and Laura live, and they discuss what it’s been like in the last few days to be a mom to small children during one of the most unusual times in their lives. They also share several BFPs that have arisen amidst the chaos of the last week.  This episode's show notes - http://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/bonus-momming-during-coronavirus/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry

 Ep. 88: Why Is My Toddler Suddenly a Picky Eater? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:55

When Laura’s toddler transforms from a food lover to a picky eater, she wonders if maybe she should have seen this coming, and Shanna’s work-from-home routine is upended when she and her daughters all fall sick at the same time. In this week’s special segment, “Gripe Water,” strangers in playgrounds, baby poop, internet behemoths and alphabet rugs make Laura and Shanna ask themselves, “Are you f-ing kidding me???” Finally, the moms reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s toddler is 13 months and 4 weeks old, and Laura’s toddler is 13 months old. This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-88/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry

 Ep. 87: This Badass Mom Gives Us #momgoals | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:36

In the special segment “Internet Insanity,” Shanna and Laura discuss the baby- and parenting-related wackiness they’ve come across online recently, including hideous dolls, drug rings, bizarre baby products, outrageous breastfeeding advice and one incredible mom who deserves all the accolades ever. Also, Laura reports on her toddler’s latest explosion in language development, and Shanna wonders if it’s time to transition her toddler to one nap. Finally, they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s toddler is 13 months and 3 weeks old, and Laura’s toddler is 12 months and 4 weeks old. This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-87/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry

 Bonus: Baby-Friendly Hospitals, Extended Breastfeeding and More! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:05

In this bonus episode, Laura continues her conversation with lactation consultant Jessica Claire, IBCLC. They dive into the topics of baby-friendly hospitals, the best time to wean, extended breastfeeding and more!

 Ep. 86: Weaning From Boobs, Bottles and Baby-Tracking Apps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:17

Lactation consultant Jessica Claire, IBCLC, is back to discuss weaning from breastfeeding and answer listener questions! Also, Laura wonders if her baby is technically walking yet, and Shanna discusses her very un-scientific conclusion about why her toddler has been waking up screaming at night. Finally, they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s toddler is 13 months and 2 weeks old, and Laura’s baby is 12 months and 3 weeks old. This episode's show notes - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/ep-86/ | Get social - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bfppodcast/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigfatpositivepodcast/ | Email - contact@bigfatpositivepodcast.com | Our mom-tested ultimate baby registry list - https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/registry/

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