They’re expensive, sometimes annoying and the best thing that’s ever happened to us. But there’s so much more to being a mom that no one really talks about. Betches Moms is a podcast that deals with all the real sh*t that happens - like what to do when your toddler figures out TikTok, the fact that the baby’s not the only one who has to wear a diaper after birth, or your mother-in-law constantly criticizing you for eating carbs or drinking coffee. Relax, it’s decaf. Every week, hosts Aleen Dreksler and Brittany Levine share stories and insights, interview guests, and have honest conversations about what it’s really like being, and becoming, a mom. They answer questions about the sides of pregnancy and motherhood that everyone experiences, but you rarely hear about. You know, the moments in between those perfect looking Insta posts. So get ready to lock yourself in the bathroom (or wherever else you hide from your kids) and listen to this podcast. Because you’ll literally never be alone again.View Promo Codes
Aleen Dreksler is a cofounder and Chief Executive Officer at Betches. She hosts the @Betches, Diet Starts Tomorrow, and Betches Moms podcasts.
In addition to hosting Betches Moms and running the @BetchesMoms IG account, Brittany Levine serves as the Art Director at Betches Media. She has a 2.5 year old son and one on the way.
Where to Start
Is A Baby-Moon Worth Going On?
Aleen and Brittany are back and talking about treating yourself to a well-deserved vacation during pregnancy. Aleen tells us what she did on her recent baby-moon, how she kept from overheating, and what it takes to make it through an airport at 20 weeks. Brittany offers an update on moving Oliver to his “big boy bed” and how she managed to complete the process with the help of his ‘loveys’. Then a listener writes in with a Dear Betches Moms email all about introducing a newborn baby to a household full of pets. Is there a trick to keeping your animals from becoming jealous of the baby? Finally, they close the show with a No Mom Guilt story about trying to get your 3-year-old to stop and listen, and the anxiety that comes with watching a kid play near the pool.
How To Spot Signs Of Postpartum Depression And Anxiety Ft. Dr. Pooja Lakshmin
Today, Brittany and Aleen are joined by perinatal psychiatrist Dr. Pooja Lakshmin to talk about anxiety and depression during pregnancy and motherhood. They explain what exactly a perinatal therapist does, how Dr. Lakshmin got into the field, and what she does in her work with moms. They discuss postpartum anxiety and depression, just how common they really are, and what your options may be for treatment. They also explain how normal it is to experience intrusive thoughts once the baby has arrived. Dr. Lakshmin tells us about the “triple threat” of mom guilt, martyr-mode, and perfectionism, and shares some practical tips for dealing with these feelings. Finally, they talk about the pitfalls of maternal gatekeeping, and why it’s important to relinquish at least some control to other caregivers when raising a child.
When Do You Move Your Toddler To A Big Kid Bed?
Aleen are Brittany are back and start the week with a few updates on how their pregnancies are going. Brittany gets into how she’s monitoring the baby’s movements as she enters her third trimester, and what you can look out for at that stage. Next, Aleen talks about her upcoming anatomy scan as she hits the 20-week mark. Brittany also talks about transitioning her son to his “Big Boy Bed,” when she decided he was ready, and how’s he adapting to the big switch. They play a game of “What The F*ck Did You Say?” where they go over some hilariously ridiculous quotes from our listener’s kids and decide which one they would want to deal with the least. They end the show with another round of “No Mom Guilt” presented by Heineken 0.0, where Aleen talks about the decision to get vaccinated, and how she’s realized more and more the power of filtering out everything that doesn’t help you in your life.
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Betches Co-Founders Aleen Dreksler, Jordana Abraham, and Sami Sage are taking you on the journey of how Betches came to be and inside the minds of the women who created it. From their awkward middle school years to founding Betches and beyond, get to know the women who've been making us laugh since 2011.