E157 – 157: Parenting: From Before Pregnancy and Beyond with Dr. Kristen Cook


Looking for a truly unfiltered conversation about pregnancy, becoming a mom, and beyond? Kristen Cook, MD is a pediatrician and mama of two strong-willed kids and on her own journey through motherhood, she realized that there was A LOT of stuff that happens that no one really talks about and prepares you for. Rachel and Erin talk with Dr. Cook about how she is pursuing her mission of helping parents create more peaceful and effective parenting journeys, from before pregnancy and beyond.

Together they talk more about:

  • All the things we DON’T think about until it’s actually happening
  • Being overloaded with information as an expecting or new parent (and a pregnancy myth)
  • The pressure we feel to be the perfect parent who never makes any mistakes
  • Mom guilt
  • Peaceful parenting and how it can make parenting easier
  • Setting realistic expectations about parenthood and what that looks like even before pregnancy
  • 1st pregnancy vs. 2nd pregnancy
  • Understanding your birth options
  • Advocating for yourself
  • Why toddlers are difficult sometimes
  • And so much more!

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  • “The one thing that I want moms to understand is that most of the medical advice that we give are guidelines. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to parenting.” – Dr. Kristen Cook
  • “It’s the stuff that you need to know but that no one seems to talk about.” – Dr. Kristen Cook
  • “It’s about normalizing the fact that being a parent can be really, really hard, and we don’t have to do this by ourselves. We can be messy and still be great parents.” – Dr. Kristen Cook