Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy Journey

Ep. 29: Life’s a Breech

An episode of Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy Journey

By Laura Birek, Shanna Micko
Big Fat Positive (BFP) is an irreverent and funny show that follows two moms-to-be on their journey through pregnancy, week by week. With weekly check-ins, special guests and pregnancy-related segments such as "OMG I’m Freaking Out," hosts Laura Birek and Shanna Micko recount the often hilarious and always honest highs and lows of being a pregnant woman in 2018.

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Ep. 37: Dream Feeds and Daycare Nightmares
In the segment “Internet Insanity,” Laura and Shanna share bizarre and hilarious baby-related things they’ve come across online recently, including the story of a very questionable daycare provider. Also, Shanna discusses the current state of her c-section scar, and Laura talks about giving her baby dream feeds. Finally, the new moms reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s baby is nine weeks old, and Laura’s baby is five weeks old.
40:27
March 18, 2019
Ep. 36: Magic Boob Juice
Laura and Shanna duke it out in a thrilling round of baby-related trivia, where we learn the birth weight of one of basketball’s biggest stars, among other facts. Also, Shanna discusses scoring some drugs for her newborn, and Laura talks about a fascinating quality of breast milk. Finally, the new moms reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s baby is eight weeks old, and Laura’s baby is four weeks old. 
32:36
March 11, 2019
Ep. 35: Interview with Pediatric Geneticist Susan Winter
Laura and Shanna talk baby genes, newborn screening, NIPTs and more with special guest Susan Winter, who is not only a pediatric geneticist but also Laura’s mom! Also, Laura discusses getting fancy for a baby photo shoot, and Shanna disturbs everyone with talk of rodents. Shanna’s baby is seven weeks old, and Laura’s baby is three weeks old. 
39:23
March 4, 2019
Ep. 34: Holy Sheet! Should I Co-sleep?
Laura and Shanna dive into bed sharing and baby hormones in this week’s special segment, “OMG I’m Freaking Out!” Also, Shanna discusses the joys of receiving baby smiles, and Laura reports on her baby’s impressive growth stats. Finally, the new moms reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s baby is six weeks old, and Laura’s baby is two weeks old. 
34:04
February 25, 2019
Ep. 33: Why Do I Want to Eat My Baby?
In this week’s special segment, “What I Learned This Week,” Shanna and Laura answer the pressing question, “why do I want to eat my baby?” Also, Laura gives an update on week one with her newborn, and Shanna laments about her poisonous boobs. Finally, the new moms reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna’s baby is five weeks old, and Laura’s baby is one week old. 
35:00
February 18, 2019
Ep. 32: Laura’s Breech Baby Birth Story
In this week’s Big Topic, Shanna and Laura dive deep into a very exciting event… Laura’s c-section delivery of her baby boy! Also, Shanna reports on her attempts to improve her newborn’s sleep with the SNOO smart bassinet, and the new moms reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna is four weeks postpartum, and Laura is no longer pregnant!
44:40
February 11, 2019
Ep. 31: Everything Is About to Change
It’s less than 24 hours ‘til Laura’s c-section, and she talks about what she’s been up to in the last days and hours before her delivery. Shanna reports on her latest attempts to get her newborn to gain weight, including a new galactagogue and a helpful support group. In this week’s special segment, Shanna and Laura discuss the best parenting and pregnancy advice they’ve received, and finally, they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 38 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is three weeks postpartum. 
29:13
February 4, 2019
Ep. 30: Milk, Milk Baby
Shanna reports on her numerous attempts to increase her breast milk supply, and Laura discusses a bizarre injury and her baby’s nursery. In this week’s special segment, “What I Googled This Week,” Shanna and Laura divulge what they asked the internet about recently. Finally, they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 37 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is two weeks postpartum.
29:02
January 28, 2019
Ep. 29: Life’s a Breech
Laura reports on the status of her breech baby, and Shanna discusses her newborn’s struggle to gain weight. In the segment “They Said What?!”, Shanna and Laura talk about what shocking and frustrating things people have said to them recently about pregnancy and breastfeeding. Finally, they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 36 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 1 week postpartum.
30:58
January 21, 2019
Ep. 28: Shanna's C-Section Birth Story
In this week’s Big Topic, Shanna and Laura dive deep into the highly anticipated event… Shanna’s delivery! Also, Laura reports on her baby shower and discusses her birth plan for her breech baby. Finally, they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 35 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is no longer pregnant!
40:32
January 14, 2019
Ep. 27: Countdown to D-Day!
Shanna’s delivery day is one week away, and she discusses what it’s like to be so close to meeting her new daughter. Also, Laura talks about her recent visit to the pregnancy chiropractor, and in the special segment “Checkin’ the Inbox,” the moms-to-be answer listener questions about what they plan to do with the podcast after giving birth. Finally, they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 34 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 38 weeks pregnant.
36:27
January 7, 2019
Ep. 26: Spinning Babies
Laura and Shanna dive into the topic of spinning breech babies. Also, in the segment “What I Googled This Week,” the moms-to-be divulge the pregnancy-related topics they asked the Internet about recently. Shanna reports on her weekly non-stress tests, Laura discusses her maternity leave, and the moms-to-be reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 33 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 37 weeks pregnant.
30:42
December 31, 2018
Ep. 25: Drinking While Breastfeeding
Shanna and Laura discuss fascinating facts they’ve recently learned about pregnancy, including drinking alcohol and breastfeeding. Also, Shanna reports on her maternity leave, Laura discusses her mini baby shower and blessingway, and the moms-to-be reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 32 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 35 weeks pregnant.
33:23
December 24, 2018
Ep. 24: She Had HOW MANY Babies??
Shanna and Laura duel it out in a shocking and hilarious round of the pregnancy trivia game, “Stump the Preggo.” Also, Shanna reports on over-the-top sugar cravings, Laura discusses the perils of sitting while pregnant, and the moms-to-be reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 31 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 34 weeks pregnant.
31:20
December 17, 2018
Ep. 23: You’re in the S*%t Now!
Shanna and Laura discuss how people just LOVE to give their opinions on their pregnancies. Also, in the segment “OMG I’m Freaking Out,” Laura reports on baby kick counts, and Shanna admits her astrological anxieties. Finally, the moms-to-be reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 30 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 34 weeks pregnant.
28:33
December 10, 2018
Ep. 22: Birth Plans, Baby Showers and... Serial Killers?
Things get wacky in the segment “Internet Insanity,” in which Laura and Shanna discuss what’s going down online in the world of pregnancy. Also, Shanna reports on her baby sprinkle, Laura talks about her baby shower drama, and the moms-to-be reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 29 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 33 weeks pregnant.
39:29
December 3, 2018
Ep. 21: When Getting Pregnant Is Hard AF
In this week’s “Big Topic,” Shanna discusses her journey of trying to conceive, which includes a long, circuitous route through infertility, pregnancy loss, reproductive endocrinologists and IVF. Laura discusses the intricate baby-name spreadsheet she created, and Shanna talks about her 32-week growth scan. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 28 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 32 weeks pregnant.
53:02
November 26, 2018
Ep. 20: Gratitude Slam!
In honor of Thanksgiving, Shanna and Laura give up the pregnancy grousing and battle it out in a Gratitude Slam! Also, the moms-to-be discuss lightning crotch, pelvic nightmares, and current maternity anxieties. They also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 27 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 31 weeks pregnant.
26:36
November 19, 2018
Ep. 19: Your Questions and Stories!
In the new segment, “Checkin’ the Inbox,” Laura and Shanna answer a listener question about an unsavory bodily function and tell a listener story about an unsavory stranger’s behavior. Also, the moms-to-be discuss getting the house ready for baby, talk about making pregnancy friends and reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 26 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 30 weeks pregnant.
31:00
November 12, 2018
Ep. 18: Caffeine-Addicted Babies
Embarrassment abounds in the segment “What I Googled This Week,” as Shanna and Laura admit the pregnancy topics they recently asked the Internet about. Also, the moms-to-be discuss feeling overwhelmed during the third trimester, baby kicks and more, and they reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 25 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 29 weeks pregnant.
33:53
November 5, 2018
Ep. 17: Halloween, Explosions, Forest Fires!
Laura and Shanna dive into the topic of Halloween costumes for pregnant ladies. Also, Shanna talks about her upcoming baby sprinkle, Laura reports on clearing out her non-maternity clothes, and things get wacky in the segment “Internet Insanity,” in which they discuss what’s going down online in the world of pregnancy. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 24 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 28 weeks pregnant.
34:21
October 29, 2018
Ep. 16: Baby Kicks or Bag of Snakes?
In the segment “OMG I’m Freaking Out,” Laura and Shanna discuss what they are stressing out about this week in their pregnancies. Laura talks about being weirded out by her baby’s movements, and Shanna reports on her gestational diabetes test. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 23 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 27 weeks pregnant.
28:16
October 22, 2018
Ep. 15: They Said What?!
In the segment “They Said What?!” Laura and Shanna discuss what shocking or ridiculous things people have said to them about pregnancy. Shanna talks about being a hot, pregnant mess, and Laura reports on her interview with a doula. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 22 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 26 weeks pregnant.
34:28
October 15, 2018
Ep. 14: Taking Shots with Pharmacist Keri Hurley-Kim
Shanna and Laura interview pharmacist and fellow pregnant person Keri Hurley-Kim! Keri discusses her area of expertise: vaccinations. Laura discusses how she feels when people tell her “congrats” about her pregnancy, and Shanna reports on fetal kicks and punches. The three moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 21 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 25 weeks pregnant.
28:33
October 8, 2018
Ep. 13: Burping and Crying
In the segment “What I Googled This Week,” Laura and Shanna divulge the embarrassing pregnancy issues they asked the internet about. Shanna talks about being shocked at seeing her large, pregnant belly in the dressing-room mirror, and Laura reports on her 20-week anatomy scan. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 20 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 24 weeks pregnant.
27:44
October 1, 2018
Ep. 12: Baby Names, Bras and TTC!
In this week’s “Big Topic,” Laura discusses her journey of trying to conceive. Shanna discusses coming out with her pregnancy on social media, and Laura talks about the joys of nesting. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 19 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 23 weeks pregnant.
24:12
September 24, 2018
Ep. 11: Stump the Preggo
In a new segment called “Stump the Preggo,” Shanna and Laura test each other’s knowledge with pregnancy-related trivia. Laura reports on residual morning sickness that has attached itself to one of her favorite hobbies, and Shanna talks about telling her daughter that she’s pregnant. The moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 18 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 22 weeks pregnant.
23:48
September 24, 2018
Ep. 10: Shooting the S*%t with Nurse Midwife Teresa Keirns
Shanna and Laura interview nurse midwife and fellow pregnant person Teresa Keirns! Teresa reveals what’s it’s like to be pregnant while delivering babies. Laura and Shanna both report on being sick while pregnant this week, and the three moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 17 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 21 weeks pregnant.
36:51
September 17, 2018
Ep. 9: To Be or Not to Be (A Baby Mama)
Shanna and Laura dive into their first Big Topic - how to decide if you want kids. Shanna reports on her 20 week anatomy scan, and Laura discusses getting parenting advice from friends. The pregnant moms-to-be also reveal their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Laura is 16 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 20 weeks pregnant.
26:53
September 17, 2018
Ep. 8: Gimme That Cheese - Pregnancy Cravings and Fun Facts About Fetuses
In Episode 8 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Shanna and Laura discover that they both have anterior placentas, discuss fascinating (and cheesy) facts about their developing fetuses, and dig into the topic of pregnancy cravings. Laura is 15 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 19 weeks pregnant.
24:40
September 10, 2018
Ep. 7: Babymoon Bliss and Nursery Nightmares
In Episode 7 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Laura talks about her recent babymoon to Hawaii, and Shanna describes feeling her baby move. Also, embarrassment abounds as Shanna and Laura admit the pregnancy topics they Googled this week. The moms-to-be also divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 14 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 18 weeks pregnant.
20:09
September 10, 2018
Ep. 6: Fake Pregnancy Tests
In Episode 6 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Shanna admits that her appetite is out of control, and Laura discusses being at the tail-end of the first trimester. Also, things get wacky as Shanna and Laura discuss what’s going down in the online baby forums. The moms-to-be divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 13 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 17 weeks pregnant.
26:53
September 3, 2018
Ep. 5: Baby Bumps are Poppin’
In Episode 5 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Laura talks about going to her nuchal translucency (NT) scan, and Shanna discusses how she “popped” this week. In the segment, “OMG I’m Freaking Out!” the moms-to-be discuss what pregnancy related issues they freaked out about recently. Finally, they divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 12 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 16 weeks pregnant.
24:04
September 3, 2018
Ep. 4: Hormones and Husbands and Dogs, Oh My!
In Episode 4 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Shanna discusses being a bundle of nerves at her second trimester screening, and Laura talks about dealing with a tragedy while pregnant. Also, things get wacky as Shanna and Laura discuss what’s going down in the online baby forums - hormones and husbands and dogs, oh my! The moms-to-be also divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 11 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 15 weeks pregnant.
20:23
August 27, 2018
Ep. 3: The Big Reveal
In Episode 3 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Laura reveals the sex of her baby, and Shanna discusses becoming an even more geriatric mother than she was before. The moms-to-be also discuss fun and unusual pregnancy facts they learned recently and divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 10 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 14 weeks pregnant.
15:22
August 27, 2018
Ep. 2: OMG I'm Freaking Out
In Episode 2 of the Big Fat Positive podcast, Shanna reports on her first trimester screening, and Laura discusses how her geneticist mom encouraged her to do comprehensive genetic testing. The moms-to-be also discuss what pregnancy related topics they freaked out about recently and divulge their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 9 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 13 weeks pregnant.
20:09
August 7, 2018
Ep. 1: Introductions
Shanna and Laura kick off their brand new podcast by introducing themselves, checking in on their pregnancies this week, discussing what pregnancy related topics they searched for recently, and divulging their highs and lows (BFPs and BFNs) this week. Laura is 8 weeks pregnant, and Shanna is 12 weeks pregnant.
19:52
August 7, 2018
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