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Join Alejandra Carrasco, M.D. and Christine Maren, D.O., founders of Hey Mami, as they interview some of the top experts about all things Mamihood: preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood! They're here to support you on your journey and help make sense of both modern medicine and holistic wellness. *Please note that the information provided in this episode is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your medical provider.


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Join Alejandra Carrasco, M.D. and Christine Maren, D.O., founders of Hey Mami, as they interview some of the top experts about all things Mamihood: preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood! They're here to support you on your journey and help make sense of both modern medicine and holistic wellness. *Please note that the information provided in this episode is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your medical provider.




029: What Are Adaptogens? w/ Shelese Pratt, ND

In today’s episode we are talking all about adaptogenic herbs (like ashwagandha). Our guest today is Dr. Shelese Pratt, who believes in integrative and holistic medicine. Her practice and clinic are focused on neurology and complex medical conditions relating to metabolic disease. Dr. Pratt uses functional medicine and her expertise in biochemistry (methylation) and physiology to help her patients get to the root cause of their symptoms through a strategic approach. The modalities used in her practice are are nutrition (diet and nutritional supplements), botanicals, environmental medicine, classical homeopathy, and hydrotherapy.


028: Relationships After Kids w/ Matt Morgan

In today’s episode we are talking about relationships after kids, and rekindling a marriage or partnership. Our guest is Matt Morgan, one of the leading coaching experts in the country. From dating to engaged to married couples, Matt has helped thousands of couples bulletproof their relationships. His expertise and advice extends to every area of life – friendship, dating, sex, marriage, parenting, and business. Matt's coaching clients love his funny (and relatable) stories, sticky phrases and practical tips. He’s been seen on stage with world thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and is highly-rated by couples across America as both Wedding Wire’s and The Knot’s best marriage coach.


027: 5 Key Nutrients to Improve Egg Health w/ Nora DeBora CNP, FAMM

In today’s episode we are talking about how to improve egg quality in just 90 days, the best foods and nutrients for egg health, and how to support egg health through lifestyle. Our guest today is Nora DeBora, a Preconception Health Coach, Holistic Nutritionist, and Fertility Awareness Practitioner who helps women prepare for pregnancy and have a healthy baby after 30. Through her signature program, Master Your Cycle To Get Pregnant, Nora teaches women how to optimize their hormones and fertility by harnessing the power of their menstrual cycle with nutrition, cycle charting and self care practices.


026: What You Need To Know About IVF, Early Menopause, Endometrial Cancer w/ Amber Fischer, MS, CNS, LDN

In today’s episode we are talking about PCOS, fertility treatments, endometrial cancer and early menopause. Our guest today is Amber Fischer, a Certified Nutrition Specialist who specializes in functional nutrition approaches to PCOS, fertility, and women's health issues. Her approach looks at the root causes of disease and dysfunction and uses food to improve health from the inside out. Amber has an active presence on social media including Instagram and TikTok, a podcast called "An Amber a Day: The Functional Nutrition Podcast" and a blog where she keeps followers informed of the latest approaches to functional nutrition.


025: Nutrition for Gestational Diabetes w/ Lily Nichols, RDN

In today’s episode we are talking about real food for both prenatal and gestational diabetes. Our guest today is Lily Nichols, a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and critical of outdated dietary guidelines. Lily is co-founder of the Women's Health Nutrition Academy and the author of two books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes. Her bestselling books have helped tens of thousands of mamas (and babies!), are used in university-level maternal nutrition and midwifery courses, and have even influenced prenatal nutrition policy internationally.


024: Nourishing Your Fertility With Food w/ Alison Marras, NTP

In today’s episode we are talking about the role food plays in fertility, especially for those with Hashimoto's or PCOS. Our guest today is Alison Marras of the popular gut-healthy food blog Food by Mars, and author of The Paleo Gut Healing Cookbook. She is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, known for Gut health and Autoimmune nutrition using Paleo and AIP templates Alison has experienced first-hand the healing power of food, using it to manage Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and PCOS. She believes your healing journey with real food can be a stress-free lifestyle filled with joy and flavor and her content is here to help! Her cookbook and blog are full of Paleo and AIP-friendly recipes, meal plans, community, and coaching services.


023: Gut Health During Preconception w/ Katie Morra, MS, RD, LDN, IFMCP

In today’s episode we are talking about gut health during preconception. Katie Morra, our guest, is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and Registered Dietitian specializing in gut health and nutrition. Katie is the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice, Gut Honest Truth, that focuses on the root causes of inflammation, autoimmune disease, irritable bowel syndrome, hormone imbalances and skin conditions, amongst other chronic disease states.​ She is also the host of the Gut Honest Truth Podcast available for iTunes and Spotify listeners worldwide where she has interviewed some of the most prominent individuals in the field.


022: Raising A Healthy Family w/ Madiha Saeed, MD

We're talking all about holistic parenting. Dr. Madiha Saeed, also known as HolisticMom, MD, is a practicing board certified family physician in the USA, health influencer, international speaker and a best-selling author. Her best-selling book The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease, a best-selling functional medicine children’s book series, Adam’s Healing Adventures , From Sickness to Health and The Power of Rainbow foods, The Holistic Rx for Kids: Parenting Healthy Brains and Bodies in a Changing world.


021: Your Pelvic Floor, Diastasis Recti, And More! w/ Erica Ziel, FDNP, CPT, PPES

In today's episode, we are talking all about fitness before, during, and after pregnancy. We'll dive into a discussion about the core, the pelvic floor, and why kegels might cause more harm than good in some people! Erica Ziel is the founder and creator of Core Athletica®, The Core Rehab Program, Knocked-Up Fitness®, Pre/Postnatal instructor trainer course, and host of The Core Connections Podcast. She believes that anything you want to improve about your health and life, you can!


020: What's Stress Got To Do With It? w/ Brooke Kalanick, ND, MS, L.Ac

In today's episode, we're talking all about how stress can impact our hormonal health. Dr. Brooke Kalanick is a licensed naturopathic doctor and women’s hormone expert. She is the co-author of Hangry: 5 Simple Steps to Balance Your Hormones & Restore Your Joy and the host of the popular podcast, The Dr. Brooke Show. Dr. Brooke specializes in PCOS, menopause, thyroid conditions, autoimmunity and various women’s hormone issues. She helps her patients get to the root cause of their hormonal imbalances and get back to feeling better with targeted diet and lifestyle habits. She teaches women how to understand their own hormone talk so they can finally work with their bodies, metabolism and hormones instead of being in a constant fight with themselves. She lives in NYC and when she’s not busy in her practice or as a mother and wife you can find her on a #mantrawalk or lifting weights.


019: Is Gut Health Important For Pregnancy? w/ Vincent Pedre, MD

In today’s episode we are talking about the importance of gut health for preconception. Our guest today is Dr. Vincent Pedre, the Medical Director of Pedre Integrative Health and Founder of Dr. Pedre Wellness, nutraceutical consultant for NatureMD and Orthomolecular Products, CEO of Happy Gut Life LLC, and a Functional Medicine-Certified Practitioner in private practice in New York City since 2004. He believes the gut is the gateway to excellent wellness. As the bestselling author of “HAPPY GUT®—The Cleansing Program To Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy and Eliminate Pain,” featuring his proprietary ‘blueprint’ for healing the gut, the Gut C.A.R.E.® Program—he has helped thousands around the world resolve their gut-related health issues.


018: Estrogen Dominance, The Thyroid, And Fertility w/ Tara Scott, MD, FACOG, ABAARM, ABOIM, CNMP

In today’s episode we are talking about hormones and how they can affect fertility. Our guest today is Dr. Tara Scott, known for her work in Integrative Gynecology and Hormones. Dr. Scott, known as the Hormone Guru, helps women find the cause of their symptoms and get them on a path to optimal health. She comes with over 25 years of experience and 3 board certifications in OB/GYN, Functional medicine and Integrative medicine. She is also an assistant clinical professor at Northeastern Ohio Medical University. After suffering from infertility and curing her own endometriosis, she now helps others achieve that same balance. Dr. Scott has helped thousands of patients struggling with hormone issues including endometriosis, breast cancer, weight gain and more. She is the founder of Hormone Guru Academy, a course to help patients improve their hormone problems themselves, and has been speaking and educating for over 10 years and has taught doctors her approach in 5 continents. She recently gave a TEDx talk this fall. For her expertise, she has been featured in Women’s Health, Shape, The List, Newsweek, Parents, Authority Magazine, and on numerous podcasts. Dr. Scott sees patients in Ohio, Florida, and Montana.


017: What Is Restorative Reproductive Medicine? w/ Naomi Whittaker, MD, OBGYN

In today’s episode we are talking about Restorative Reproductive Medicine, and how using this methodology helps to diagnose and treat women's health issues and infertility. Dr. Naomi Whittaker is a fertility surgeon focused on women's restorative reproductive medicine, compassionate healthcare, and education. She is a board-certified OBGYN and a fellowship trained surgeon who specializes in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology, which works cooperatively with a woman's body to treat the underlying cause of gynecologic issues and infertility, such as endometriosis and PCOS. Dr. Whittaker helps women improve their gynecologic health, and avoid/achieve pregnancy in accordance with their natural fertility using the latest research, medicine, and surgery. Dr. Whittaker earned her medical degree at Creighton University School of Medicine and completed her residency in OB/GYN at OSF Hospital in Peoria, IL. She then completed the Saint John Paul II Fellowship in Medical and Surgical NaProTechnology at the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. She is currently practicing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


016: 5 Practical Ways To Prepare For Pregnancy w/ Taylor Dukes, NP

There's so much information out there on how to have a healthy pregnancy. It can quickly become overwhelming! Our guest today will share just five practical ways to prepare for pregnancy. Taylor Dukes is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with a private practice in Texas, where she also owns a wellness center that includes everything from IV Vitamin Therapy, to saunas, to physical therapy. She focuses on a root cause approach and uses specialty functional medicine laboratory testing to develop personalized protocols. Taylor was first exposed to the field of functional medicine as a patient when she was really sick. Once she healed, she had the opportunity to work for Amy Myers, MD, a NY times best selling author.


015: The Causes Of Unexplained Infertility w/ Kalea Wattles, ND

We are talking about unexplained infertility using the lens of functional medicine to unravel its many causes. Our guest today is Dr. Kalea Wattles. Dr. Wattles is a Naturopathic Physician specializing in fertility and Functional Medicine. She earned her doctorate from Bastyr University and is certified as a Functional Medicine Practitioner by the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Wattles combines her Naturopathic and Functional Medicine training to treat patients with a “Functional Fertility” perspective, using a root-cause, science-based, body-systems approach to cultivate a fertile body. She is dedicated to using this patient centered method to support patients anywhere on their fertility journey – whether they are thinking about getting pregnant for the first time or exploring advanced fertility treatments.


014: How Reproductive Toxins Affect Fertility and Pregnancy w/ Shala Salem, MD

Studies show that a particular group of chemicals called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can have negative effects on female and male reproductive health. Our guest today is Shala Salem, MD. Dr. Salem is an Integrative Gynecologist with over a decade of experience. After completing OB GYN residency in Brooklyn, New York, she completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil. She currently practices in Southern California at a fertility clinic where she helps patients to optimize their fertility through an integrative approach. Dr. Salem is a mom of three, and a PCOS warrior who has used both conventional and integrative fertility treatments to help her conceive. She is also an expert on environmental toxins and fertility.


013: Avoiding Toxins In Preconception And Pregnancy w/ Lara Adler

We're discussing the impact of toxins on pregnancy and fertility, how to reduce your toxic exposure, and more! Our guest is Lara Adler, an environmental toxins expert and educator who teaches health professionals how to eliminate the #1 thing holding their clients back from the results they are seeking - the unaddressed link between chemicals and chronic health problems.


012: Blood Sugar, Insulin Resistance, Gestational Diabetes...Oh My! w/ Jaime Seeman, MD

Blood sugar issues may play a role in fertility challenges. Our guest today is Dr. Jaime Seeman, a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist practicing in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Seeman is currently in private practice at Mid City OBGYN offering a full range of services in obstetrics, gynecology, robotic surgery and primary care. She is a fellow in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona School of Medicine, and she is a board certified ketogenic nutrition specialist through The American Nutrition Association.


011: Fertility Awareness And Understanding Your Menstrual Cycle w/ Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, FAE

Did you know that regular ovulation is important, whether or not you want children? Our guest today is Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health.


010: Hormone Balance And Fertility w/ Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH

We both use a dried urine test called DUTCH to measure comprehensive hormone levels in our clinical practices. We find this test to be super useful and love the objective data which helps drive our individualized protocols. Our guest today is the Medical Director for the DUTCH Test, Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH. Dr. Jones is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women's health and hormones.