EP 302 – When The Dust Settles – Surviving the 4th Trimester

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The 4th trimester is the transitional period between birth and 12 weeks postpartum. It is a time of great physical and emotional change as your baby adjusts to the world, and you adjust to life as a mother. There are so many things that we don’t know about raising kids until we actually bring the baby home. Surviving the 4th trimester can often feel isolating and confusing as we learn how to navigate the new world of parenthood.

What We’re Sipping On This Episode:

DaVinci Chianti – This the first Chianti that we’ve had on the show. Described as a”well-balanced wine of medium weight with jammy flavors of ripe plums, cherries, and red fruit.”, Shara initially had to get over the first sip before deciding if she liked it while Sasha immediately liked it. Shara was also able to taste the peppery notes. It’s along the lines of a good Merlot and while Sasha’s bottle was only 13%, Shara’s was a solid 13.5% ABV.

About the Episode:

In this episode, we are joined by Mercedes Thomas, MSN, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC, also known as “Mercedes the NP”. Mercedes is a healthcare consultant, writer, pediatric nurse practitioner, and certified lactation consultant. She is also the author of the best-selling book “What in the Baby?!?: The Modern Mama’s Guide to Confidently Caring for Your Baby and Surviving the Postpartum Period,” a book written to help expectant mothers and new parents transition into the new normal of parenthood.

As the founder of Thomas Health Education and Consulting, she teaches classes on infant education, prenatal and postpartum health, and breastfeeding to families to help them simplify the first year of parenthood. Additionally, she works with healthcare professionals and organizations looking for assistance with patient education, boosting patient satisfaction, or content creation focused on infant care, pediatrics, lactation, and maternal health. In 2020, Mercedes was also named the Washington Parent Pick in the category of breastfeeding support.

With over 12 years of working in both the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatrics, Mercedes’ mission is to combine her nursing expertise with her experiences as a mom to provide evidence-based education to families and reduce maternal-child health disparities. She also serves on several national committees to improve infant feeding practices and advocate for access to equitable quality healthcare.

Episode Transcript

Episode Resources:

What in the Baby?!?: The Modern Mama’s Guide to Confidently Caring for Your Baby and Surviving the Postpartum Period

Mercedes’ Instagram

Mercedes’ Facebook

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