Listen to some of the voices you’ll hear on The Messy Intersection, launching on iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts on November 30th, 2020!
Narrator (Diana Rice): Where the miracle of pregnancy meets the reality of your changing body…
Meghan Womack: Being pregnant is such a crazy experience of realizing how little control you have in a lot of ways with your body.
Mandy Major: Being a birth person… There’s so much to figure out.
Andrea Paul: You’re in this very vulnerable state as a pregnant person. So just having that body trust and finding ways to support your growing and changing body, in whatever way that plays out, I think is important.
Meghan Womack: There’s so much pressure to do the whole process of pregnancy correctly.
Diana Rice: Somebody else’s priorities about your body have nothing to do with your own health and your own priorities about your body, pregnant or not.
Mandy Major: You just birthed a person and you also birthed yourself as a parent.
Jennifer McGurk: Little did I know that postpartum would be the most crazy time in my life.
Meghan Womack: I don’t expect to get my body back because first of all, it has gone nowhere.
Andrea Paul: I feel like the whole “it takes a village” begins, like, in pregnancy.
Narrator (Diana Rice): Where taking care of our kids meets taking care of ourselves…
Mandy Major: And you’re going to Dr. Google and getting scared, or you’re going down a rabbit hole in private Facebook groups. And I found that again and again, I kept hearing my fellow parents, like, why didn’t I know about this? Is this normal? Is this is okay?
Alex Caspero: I don’t, I don’t think anyone truly asked me, “how are you doing?”
Mandy Major: You’re still pumping? Why don’t you just do formula?
Amber Thomas: Like, whoa, wait a minute. Who are you to shame my son about what I choose to feed this child?
Meghan Womack: I feel like diet culture assumes so much about how we’re taking care of ourselves and how we should do it differently.
Jennifer McGurk: I had to let go of a lot of things that I had previously thought that I was going to do in my motherhood, like make my own baby food and have a perfectly clean house and get eight hours of sleep at night.
Alex Caspero: At some point it had to be like, I’m important too. And my sanity and my experience as a mother is also important.
Jennifer McGurk: Self-care is the most important thing that you can give yourself as a parent.
Meghan Womack: Like, what are the things that you know are important for taking care of yourself, and your body tells you feel good.
Narrator (Diana Rice): And where the daily frustrations of feeding a family meet establishing lifelong healthy habits…
Alex Caspero: You’re always the parent that you want to be before you have kids.
Kristy Del Coro: To sit down and eat as a family is I think wonderful. It’s just not always realistic.
Mandy Major: You have no idea what you’re doing and you think that everyone else has it figured out because it looks like it on Instagram!
Amber Thomas: When we label the foods as good and bad, then especially kids who are such black and white thinkers take that onto themselves.
Kristy Del Coro: I want them to be excited about all kinds of food, you know, not just the healthy food, but all kinds of foods.
Jennifer McGurk: It’s okay if your kid is struggling. It’s okay if you’re not doing everything that you’re supposed to. It’s okay.
Mandy Major: New parenthood is such a unique time and you’re so vulnerable and desperate for information and help, and everybody has their own stuff and their own little human to learn. And you’re just, you’re all trying to help each other out.
Yaffi Lvova: We just need to create a supportive environment that’s backed by evidence and not fear and shame.
Narrator (Diana Rice): This is the messy intersection.