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118 Nneka Symister on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

NNEKA SYMISTER: Healing From Child Loss (The Birthing Series)

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Today we are unearthing all the things related to pregnancy that aren’t so peachy from infertility to postpartum depression to misscarriage and stillbirth. These are the gut wrenching experiences many have to face and may not know where or how to seek help.

Here are some stats.

  • Women with infertility can feel as anxious or depressed as those diagnosed with cancer.
  • Up to 20% of women experience prenatal or postpartum depression, and postpartum anxiety affects 20% of first-time moms.
  • 10-15% of women experience depression during pregnancy, but it often goes untreated.
  • Half of women experience significant distress following a miscarriage.
  • Also, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, and 1 in 160 babies are stillborn.

Today, I’m joined by Nneka Symister who is a psychotherapist and licensed social worker.

Nneka Symister, LCSW, is a NY based therapist specializing in helping women and couples who suffer with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, miscarriage and loss. After years of working with people with all types of diagnosis, Nneka decided to specifically work with perinatal diagnoses when realizing the huge deficit in mental health awareness and services for women who suffer from these disorders. In her work, Ms. Symister uses multiple techniques to best serve her clients, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, interpersonal therapy and EMDR. Within the Seleni Institute, she offers evidence-based maternal mental health trainings to help providers properly diagnose and treat Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders as well as Perinatal Loss and Grief.

Ms. Symister has over a decade of experience helping families build and strengthen their relationships. Her past work includes supporting diverse patients in underserved populations, including inner city residents and the LGBTQIA community. She also has an extensive background working with fathers, specifically utilizing the latest research in human behavior to help patients enhance their relationships with their children and increase positive communication in co-parenting efforts.

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117 Sara Lyon on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

SARA LYON: Helping Your Partner Help You & What To Expect the Second Time Around (The Birthing Series)

SARA LYON: Helping Your Partner Help You & What To Expect the Second Time Around (The Birthing Series) 1920 1080 Chase Jennings

If you hope to be pregnant some day, we understand your anticipation and anxiety. If you’re pregnant right now, we get that you’re nervous, excited, and just want to feel prepared. If you’ve lost your little one, we feel your pain which never goes away and want to help heal your broken heart, and if you were neglected, we want to take up for your cause. This is “The Birthing Series” on That’s Total Mom Sense where I’ll be speaking with experts on labor and delivery, loss, and advocacy.

Today’s guest is Sara Lyon.

Sara Lyon is a renowned birthing expert, doula, founder of Glow Birth & Body, a prenatal and postpartum massage therapy practice serving Oakland and Chicago Glow® which has supported more than 10,000 families since its founding in 2010, author of The Birth Deck and You’ve Got This: Your Guide to Getting Comfortable with Labor. Upbeat, quick-witted and empathetic, Sara delights and entertains as she educates.

Sara is a Licensed Massage Therapist in New York State and holds Diplomas of Remedial Massage Therapy (2005) and Oriental Therapies in Australia (2006), where she graduated from Endeavour College and Shiatsu Australia. As a proud Wolverine, Sara achieved a BA in medical sociology from the University of Michigan (2004) with focused research in women’s health and integrative medicine. Sara is a wife and mother of two and her family split their time between bustling New York City and the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.

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036: Brooke Cates — Redefining Pregnancy Health & Fitness

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As women, our bodies are constantly evolving. From our teenage years and puberty to our prime in our 20s and 30s to our pregnancy bods and postpartum. So it makes sense that our workouts should evolve as our bodies needs change. We must focus on the areas that need the most attention, have the correct form and cadence to each workout (sets/reps), which prevents injury and allows us to achieve those results we are seeking.

Brooke Cates, Founder & CEO of The Bloom Method, is a Pre & Postnatal Fitness & Health Expert, as well as a Diastasis Recti & Core Rehabilitation Specialist. Brooke created The Bloom Method with a desire to empower women through movement before, during and after their pregnancies. Recognizing gaps in both the mainstream and pregnancy fitness world, she created a method that consists of diastasis recti rehabilitation and prevention exercises, labor training, functional exercise movements and innovative core techniques that are designed to keep women strong and thriving through pregnancy and into motherhood. The Bloom Method is the recommended fitness method trusted by Doctors, Chiropractors, and Pelvic Floor PTs. In 2018 Brooke took The Bloom Method online with Studio Bloom, making it the first ever Pre and Postnatal virtual fitness studio. Since then thousands of women have experienced empowered pregnancies, birth and now experience a deeper connection to their body, movement and exercise than ever before.

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021: Pinkey Patel — The SnapBack – Myths & Misconceptions Busted!

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You will never get your pre-pregnancy bod back after kids (your body will never be the same, but your life will be more full!) and we must understand that celebrities like Heidi Klum and Kate Middleton are anomalies. According to an article in Cosmopolitan, there are 9 realistic ways to snap back.

I am joined by Dr. Pinkey Patel, who knows all too well about what it truly means to “snap back” and has an app called exactly that – The Snap Back – Your Personal Postpartum Assistant. She is a Clinical Pharmacist with 8 years of experience in personal training, as well as a Pre and Post-Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist and is the founder of The SnapBack. She has an expressive three-year-old daughter who has inherited her strong will, love for books, and total inability to sit still. Aside from her full-time job and family, her passion lies in preparing women for birth, the postpartum period, and helping develop thriving moms and thriving babies.

As an exclusive promo for my listeners, enter promo code MOMSENSE20 for 20% off any package! Here’s how to do it.

  1. Head to app.thesnapback.com.
  2. Click Join Now, create and activate account.
  3. On the menu bar, select upgrade, select a premium plan & click “Try 7 days for free.”
  4. Apply the promo code: MOMSENSE20.
  5. Head to the App Store or Play Store and download the mobile App and login!

You may get these two questions frequently, here are the answers. 

For other questions, they can always go to www.thesnapback.com/FAQ 

  • Q: Can I use this promo code directly on the Apple and Google Play Store? 
  • A: The promo codes can only be applied on the website only (mobile devices are fine!). They can definitely download the App after to begin using!
  • Q: How late in postpartum can you use this?
  • A: YES! Once postpartum, always postpartum. Our workouts restore from the inside out and since recovery for the core and pelvic floor is often completely skipped, this is a great way to start or supplement to existing workouts. The mom/baby articles stop at 12 weeks, however the workout plan is 14 weeks for a vaginal delivery, and 16 weeks for a c-section delivery. 

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  • 02:00 – Introduction
  • 04:08 – Taking a step back
  • 06:00 – The origination of Pinkey’s pregnancy passion
  • 09:34 – From pregnancy onwards
  • 14:30 – Nutrition
  • 19:41 – Number one question as a pharmacist
  • 23:01 – What to expect during post-partum recovery
  • 29:51 – Pre-pregnancy bodies
  • 31:21 – Incorporating nutritional reserve-backup diets
  • 37:41 – “Keep breastfeeding — you’ll lose the weight”
  • 43:01 – Nervous system control
  • 45:33 – A strategic recovery plan
  • 50:00 – Do what you can with what you have

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013: Terri Bacow — Mom Guilt Stops Here – Why We Feel It and How to Deal

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No one likes feeling guilty. It’s just not a happy place to be. Yet somehow mothers seem to be riddled with what is called “mom guilt” all the time. We sacrifice so much for our children, but despite that, we still feel like we’re not doing enough. For some, they feel guilty for not being able to take care of their children because they’re working, and for others, they long to be out in the workforce because they feel they’re homebound with their kids too much. Either way, it’s a difficult conundrum to grapple with all the time.

On this episode, I am joined by Dr. Terri Bacow, PhD, who is a clinical psychologist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She has deep expertise in using skills-based therapies to treat anxiety, depression, and related disorders, including postpartum depression and anxiety. Dr. Bacow is dedicated to empowering each client with the concrete, sustainable coping skills to better manage overwhelming thoughts and emotions. She especially enjoys working with young adults (including college students) and parents, including moms and dads adjusting to new parenting or interested in parent coaching. Ready to shed the mom guilt, and hone in on your greatest, most powerful self? Let’s do this!

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  • 4:00 – “Tyranny of the shoulds”
  • 6:17 – Working moms
  • 9:30 – Team work makes the dream work!
  • 11:00 – Ask for help
  • 12:50 – Mom Sense Moment
  • 17:45 – Quote of the Day
  • 18:00 – Mom Haul

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