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Pulling Curls Podcast: Pregnancy & Parenting Untangled


Simplifying pregnancy, parenting home & family travel life.

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Simplifying pregnancy, parenting home & family travel life.




Raising Teenagers with my 20 Year Old Son -- Episode 73

Today's guest is my 20 year old son. I thought he would be a good vantage point as to what we can concentrate on when raising teenagers. Big thanks to our sponsor Family Routines -- if you're looking to focus more on the experiences and the parenting, family routines will help give you that time! In this episode How to handle privacy and the internet for teenagersHow my fear as a parent affected how I parented Other things that might interest you My review of The CircleSending your kids...


Movement in Labor with Mandy Irby, The Birth Nurse – Episode 72

Moving during labor is one of the most important things you can do help the labor process. But, how do you do it at home, in the hospital or if you have an epidural Today’s guest is Mandy Irby (second time Mandy is on, she was also on this episode on how to go into labor and this one on saying no). She’s The Birth Nurse on Youtube and on Instagram and does trauma-sensitive nursing and childbirth education in the Roanoake, VA area (and also does Spinning Babies classes — which are super...


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year — Episode 071

I want to wish all the listeners of The Pulling Curls Podcast a very Merry Christmas. We're talking about bringing goodness and light into our lives during this holiday season. In this episode we're talking: Little House on the Prairie Christmas Hanukah Miracle Dinner Producer: Drew Erickson


The Covid Vaccine & My Experience in the Study – Bonus Episode #3

This episode is about the Covid vaccine and my experience with it. Along with what I have seen as far as studies of the vaccine during pregnancy. This episode was inspired by Covid Vaccine in PregnancyCovid Vaccine Study In this episode: I share how I signed-up to get into the study What my symptoms were like with the shot How being in the Covid Vaccine Study Works Producer: Drew Erickson


Decreased Dinner Pressure – Episode 070

Covid revealed the fact that making food for my family was putting so much pressure on me, and I finally broke. I had to figure out a way to get my family more involved in dinner prep. This episode was inspired by my post on getting your family to help with dinner more. I think you'll love that post as well! Big thanks to our sponsor Family Routines -- if you're wanting to get you family more involved -- THAT is the course for you! Getting Your Family to Help with Food More In...


Avoiding an Epidural -- Episode 069

A lot of women want to avoid an epidural There are things you can do to prevent getting an epidural -- and conversely there are things you can DO that make it more likely you will need one. This episode was inspired by my post on how to have an unmedicated hospital delivery. TONS of good tips in that post too, so be sure to check that out! Big thanks to our sponsor The Online Prenatal Class for Couples -- remember that it has a whole bonus video on pain management and by being prepared...


Life Update -- Episode 068

In July 2020 I started losing my hair and I knew that stress was the cause. I took a real look at what I was doing and today on the podcast I'm sharing some life changes I have made. In this episode I share some secrets about my life including a job update. Plus, I am doing the Covid Vaccine! It's a big episode and I hope you'll listen! Other things that might interest you Producer: Drew Erickson


Stop Throwing Up – PCP 067

Stopping the stomach flu or food poisoning is a great skill to have as a mom -- so that nausea and vomiting doesn't continue well past a day. Here is the routine you follow to stop it quick! This episode was inspired by my very popular post on the stomach flu -- THOUSANDS of moms have been helped by that post! Big thanks to our sponsor Family Routines. This is just one more routine I get into to make things easier and our family knows what to expect if they get sick. In this...


Advocating for Yourself in Labor BONUS episode with Katelyn Fagan from What's Up Fagans

Today we have a BONUS episode with my friend Katelyn. We're talking about her doctor recommended a cesarean section and she refused it, and how all of that went. Today's guest is Katelyn Fagan. She is from What's Up Fagans. This is her third time on the Pulling Curls Podcast. You can listen to her in her post on the last part of pregnancy and helping kids to clean. This episode was inspired by my post on informed consent. Learning to advocate for yourself can be difficult for pregnant...


Waiting on Delivery Day with Katelyn Fagan from What's Up Fagans -- Episode 066

Today we are talking about those final weeks and days of pregnancy. I think a lot of women just picture the love of your new baby, but as you grow a baby (or babies in Katelyn's case) it can just be MISERABLE towards the end. Today's guest is my good friend Katelyn Fagan from What's Up Fagans. She is my go-to gal for all things cleaning and was on a previous episode on getting kids to do chores. When we recorded this episode, she was just days from the delivery of her twins (who ended up...


Making the Choice to use a Christian Healthshare — Episode 065

Using a Christian Healthshare is a choice we made a few years ago. Choosing to move to a Healthshare can be a great move and I explain why we did it, and what types of options you have. This post was inspired by my two posts on choosing a healthshare. Finding a Healthshare for Mormons shares why we initially chose one. I also have a post on my Review of Zion Healthshare. Big thanks to our sponsor Family Routines. If you're looking to get your family in a routine, it's a great option to...


What a Birth Plan can Do For You — Episode 064

Today we're going to talk about how a birth plan can prepare you for birth -- by helping you make basic decisions ahead of time, and think through birth. This episode was inspired by my free birth plan printable, as well as my post on birth plans, and my post on what your nurse thinks of your birth plan. Big thanks to our sponsor The Online Prenatal Class for Couples. If you're looking into all of your options, it is the best choice you can make to take away anxiety and replace it with...


Safe Cleaning Products for Families with Dr Samantha Radford, from Evidence-Based Mommy – Episode 063

Today we are talking about cleaning products during pregnancy, breastfeeding or with young kids. What's safe? Today's guest is Dr Samantha Radford from Evidence-Based Mommy. She is a former chemist with focus in public health. She has a whole course on safe chemical useage for families. I love it, because I'm just not sure we're thinking through our cleaning products enough! Big thanks for today's sponsor The Organized Home. Make cleaning easier by having an organized...


3 Truths to Newborn Life with Valerie Trumbower from New Parents Academy – PCP 062

Today we're talking about life with a newborn. Three things that will help you give yourself grace as you get used to life with a newborn. Today's guest is Valerie Trumbower -- the creator of New Parents Academy and a postpartum doula. She has a free expecting parents workshop -- and a SUPER helpful class on newborns called Expecting 101. She also has a free workshop and a class for adoptive parents (LOVE THAT). You can also get tons of tips if you follow her on Instagram. Big thanks to...


Preparing to Vote with Political Science Professor Jeremy Pope — PCP 061

Deciding how to vote might be easy in the BIG elections, but we need to figure out how to vote in the smaller elections as they are just important. HOW do we do it, and how can we make sure that our right to vote is protected? Today's guest is my brother, Jeremy Pope. He is a political science professor at Brigham Young University. He is not on any discernible social media. What we mention How to safely mail in your ballot How to research smaller elected officials Producer:...


Preventing Birth Trauma – PCP 060

Today we're talking about birth trauma. How to prevent it, and also work through it early on. This post is inspired by my post on preventing a poor birth experience. Big thanks to our sponsor The Online Prenatal Class for Couples. If you're looking to get prepared this class can work for you in just 2-3 hours (but also tons of other information if you want to stay longer on specific topics). Get prepared today! Preventing Birth Trauma In this episode we talk about: Taking a birth...


Decluttering Beauty Supplies with McKenzie Guymon from Girl Loves Glam -- PCP 059

HOW do you pick what to get rid of in your beauty supply? There are so many options and it can actually affect your health. Let's talk about why you'll end-up loving the end result! Today's guest is McKenzie Guymon from Girl Loves Glam -- she is a lisenced cosmetologist and a down to earth beauty blogger (check out her album cover series!!!). She has a course to better everyday hair called Hairapy and have learned a TON about quick beauty with her -- you can also find her on...


Picking Your Pregnancy Healthcare Provider — PCP 058

What should you consider when picking an OB or midwife for your pregnancy. What are all the factors that might be problematic as you head towards your delivery? Picking Your OB: This episode was inspired by: Picking a Provider Big thanks to our sponsor The Online Prenatal Class for Couples. This class starts in the third trimester and has ton of information to get you prepared for your delivery. Be sure to use the code mentioned in the episode! Items Mentioned about picking an OB: Find...


Dating When Going Out Isn't an Option — PCP 057

What to do to improve your relationships when you can't go out... what can you do when you're stuck at home, be it with a pandemic, a sick child, new babies and more! Big thanks to our sponsor Family Routines. I have a whole section on date night in there. ALL about how to get into a routine of date night, which is SO important for a couples! In this episode: Eight Dates by The Gottmans Loom Journals (apparently they were bought by Promptly) 5 Love Languages to show your spouse you...


Pain Management Options in Labor — PCP 056

Making the best choice for yourself for pain management in labor is something a lot of women consider before heading to the hospital. Today I'm going to lay out your four basic options and the pro's con's to consider of each. This episode is inspired by my page on pain management in labor. I know it's something a lot of women have questions on, and I have a lot of resources about pain mangement (but all the best stuff is in here). This episode is sponsored by The Online Prenatal Class...