Kanika Chadda Gupta

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004: Patrice Poltzer — Raising Kids in a Concrete Jungle

For so many families, the exodus of moving to the suburbs to live the “American Dream” with their 2.5 kids, dog, and white picket fence is a thing of the past. They’re trading in the backyard, garage, and minivan for balconies, a doorman, and Citi bikes…with no regrets.

Patrice Poltzer is a bonafide city mom who has raising kids in the city down to a science. A former Emmy-nominated TODAY show producer, she is the founder of Patrice Poltzer Creative, a video production house, as well as the co-founder of CityKin, a parenting site that celebrates raising kids in the city by way of advice, community, and inspiration for families around the world.

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  • 2:30 – Patrice talks about her childhood, how she met her husband, and her life in NYC
  • 5:00 – Patrice tells us about a CityKin, an online community for city families
  • 7:11 – Pros and cons of living in the city
  • 13:30 – Patrice walks us through a day in her life
  • 16:22 – Are most city parents more free-range in their parenting styles?
  • 20:00 – Do you take extra safety or precautionary measures for your kids?
  • 23:00 – Can you shed light on moms who chose to leave the suburbs for the city
  • 26:01 – What problems does CityKin solve for city parents?
  • 32:20 – Patrice shares her “mom sense” moment

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005: Caroline Zwickson — Rediscovering Yourself (After Kids)

A common theme moms face during postpartum is not being able to recognize ourselves and feeling a sense of loss of our former identity. I wanted to be a mother more than anything, but even I went through these emotions in my head. I felt blessed to have kids, but also hated my body and how I had less time to myself, my work, and my interests. I remember looking in the mirror after I had my third baby (which was 18 months after I had delivered twins) and I just wanted to cry. I saw my weight gain and this puffy face looking back at me and I just didn’t feel like myself. If you have felt this way, know that you are not alone.

>On this episode, I am joined by Caroline Zwickson. She is a Certified Women’s Health & Life Coach and the creator of the Well Mama program.Caroline earned her Master in Counseling Psychology and obtained her Health Coach Certification from The Integrative Women’s Health Institute.  She is a passionate mother who supports fellow moms in creating holistic and thriving health as they rediscover their identity as a woman and mother. Her focus is to help clients create optimal hormonal balance and discover true emotional well-being through functional nutrition, positive psychology, transformative life coaching tools, and lifestyle adjustments. With Caroline’s expertise and dedication, her clients discover what it truly means to flourish in motherhood and in life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Caroline currently lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.

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  • 3:19 – What is postpartum depression vs. postpartum anxiety
  • 8:00 – Misdiagnosis due to a thyroid issue
  • 10:00 – How your world changes post baby
  • 13:00 – Rediscovering our new identity
  • 14:50 – Self love vs. self honorship
  • 16:00 – How our cycle is tied to the moon
  • 18:00 – Nutrients you may be in deficient in during postpartum
  • 20:00 – Postpartum diet and hormonal health
  • 25:55 – Postpartum depression and anxiety resources
  • 30:28 – Caroline’s mom sense moment
  • 34:04 – Quote of the Day
  • 36:00 – Mom Haul

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006: Taraneh Shirazian, M.D. — What to Expect When You’re Done Expecting

When I found I was pregnant, the first thing my sister in law gave me was the book – What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Since the early 80s, it’s been the bible of a mother-to-be’s pregnancy journey. And now we have apps like The Bump, Ovia, Sprout, WebMD Pregnancy, and more that walk us through each trimester week by week illustrating how our baby goes from being the size of a blueberry to a watermelon.

But what happens next? How come we aren’t as informed about what happens during postpartum? I personally asked my OBGYN a bajillion questions and she was a fellow twin mom so had a lot of advice relevant to my situation. During my hospital stay after my c-section, I must have befriended at least 6 RNs who were taking care of me during various shifts and they were all very helpful and chatty and didn’t hesitate to give me their 2 cents. And of course, I was searching every topic under the sun on Google and YouTube from from — how long does it take to recover from a c-section to when will my milk come in.

On this episode, we’re going to do a crash course on what to expect after you have your baby or  babies and how to feel mentally prepared with all the things that happen after pregnancy – essentially, what to expect to expect when you’re done expecting.

My guest on this episode is intrepid mother of two, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, Dr. Tara for short. She’s an ob/gyn, practicing gynecologic surgeon and an Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Tara is recognized as an international leader in global women’s health and a frequently cited expert in this field. She is also an accomplished researcher focused on interventions designed to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality, with work published in prominent medical journals such  as the American Journal of Perinatology and ACOG Today. She launched a company called Mommy Matters because a simple truth: women everywhere find it hard to focus on their own comfort and recovery during pregnancy and after childbirth. Mom takes care of everyone else, but who takes care of mom? Mommy Matters has products including a pregnancy pillow and postpartum kit.

Dr. Shirazian is also the founder of Saving Mothers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating preventable maternal deaths and birth-related complications in low-resource settings. Saving Mothers believes no woman should die giving life.

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  • 4:30 – What happens to the body during pregnancy
  • 10:00 – Symptoms we face during pregnancy – morning sickness, hemorrhoids, and more!
  • 12:45 – What is the best labor scenario?
  • 17:00 – Breach presentation babies and unforeseen circumstances during labor
  • 18:56 – Natural vs. cesarian labor
  • 23:00 – Epidural and its effects
  • 27:15 – What to know about having a c-section
  • 30:40 – Emotional and physical side effects during postpartum
  • 33:00 – Breastfeeding and lactation consultants
  • 33:50 – What happens during recovery
  • 42:00 – Dr. Shirazian’s Mom Sense moment

009: Mara Shiavocampo — Get ‘Thinspired’: How I Lost 90 lbs After Having a Baby

As the adage goes, “Nine months on; nine months off.” It takes about 9 months to put on the baby weight during pregnancy, and roughly that amount of time to lose it. But for many women, it’s not that easy. I know I can relate after having my twins! Now imagine having the added pressure of being in the  spotlight on TV, which sadly does add 10 lbs, all while juggling life with a new baby.

Today, I’m interviewing someone who has done it all and more, Mara Schiavocampo. She’s a three-time Emmy Award winning correspondent for ABC News based in New York, chart-topping podcast host, and best-selling author of her memoir “Thinspired,” which documents how she lost 90 pounds after her first child. Unbelievable! Mara is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She lives in New York with her husband, two children, and their rescue dog.

She’s here to tell us her story and give us some tips along the way. Get ready to get thinspired!

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  • 2:23 – Tell us what it was like growing up as Mara
  • 4:30 – What was your family life like living all over the world?
  • 6:30 – What life is like working in the #1 market in the US as a broadcast journalist
  • 10:40 – Your motherhood journey
  • 14:50 – Weight issues and the expectations women have to deal with
  • 16:00 – What’s your take on the “snap back”?
  • 17:30 – Describe the weight loss experience after having your baby
  • 19:50 – Did you set goals?
  • 20:00 –  Was there added pressure to lose weight because you were on air?
  • 22:37 – Tell us your trade secrets – how did you lose the weight?
  • 23:40 – What is your new diet like?
  • 25:40 – What were the benefits you felt early on?
  • 27:30 – Snacking and meal prepping
  • 28:50 – Finding the perfect workout for you
  • 30:00 – Did you workout with your baby?
  • 30:30 – What are your kids like?
  • 32:40 – How do your kids humble you?
  • 34:04 – How has motherhood changed you?
  • 35:59 – Mom Sense moment
  • 36:37 – Mom Haul
  • 37:50 – Quote of the Day

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012: Katie Kabel — From Drab to Fab – A Personal Stylist’s Top Tips for Moms

When you think “mom fashion,” it may sound like an oxymoron because moms are stereotypically viewed as frumpy and disheveled because we are too busy sacrificing for our kids. Hello! But it doesn’t have to be this way. We CAN look like a million bucks and we SHOULD spend time and energy to do so because it does wonders for our confidence and self-esteem, which makes us better as moms, at our jobs, and positively impacts every facet of our life.

Katie Kabel is the founder of Kabel Styles and is my personal stylist. After spending over 20 years working in retail, Katie left work to start a family. She always enjoyed working, and knew she wanted to return to work when the time was right. She was eager to get back to doing what she loves; cultivating meaningful relationships, making women and men feel confident and empowered. Working as a personal stylist allows her to fulfill her desire to be productive and creative while still attending to the needs of her young family.

Being a personal stylist is so much more than dressing an individual, it’s about a relationship of trust, gratitude, and commitment. Giving someone the confidence to walk into an interview, go on a first date, tackle a new life adventure, or simply putting a smile on their face. That’s why she doesn’t just label herself as a personal shopper/stylist but also as an image consultant. Listen in to Katie’s top tips for moms on the staples they should have in their closet and what pieces they should consider that are flattering, functional, fashionable, and fun!

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  • 04:10 – First job / background
  • 06:15 – Process of becoming an image consultant
  • 12:40 – The way personal styling works
  • 22:45 – Personal ‘Mom Sense moment’
  • 25:40 – Mom Haul

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