Ali on the Run Show Episode 63: Dr. Meggie Q&A Part II: Fertility, Infertility, Labor, Delivery, & Advice

“Be open-minded and bring snacks.”

Dr. Meggie is back! Meggie Smith made her Ali on the Run Show debut last year, when she was wrapping up her OB/GYN residency at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. After graduating, Meggie moved to California, where she’s currently pursuing her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Southern California. On Part II of this two-part episode, Meggie answers listener questions about fertility, infertility, and giving birth, plus all kinds of personal stuff, like what med school is really like, what it takes to gross her out, how to date when you’re constantly on call, and whether delivering babies every day makes her want one more or less. And listen to the very end, because the last question of this episode might be my favorite.

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What you’ll get in this episode:

  • How long do healthy couples try for a baby? (1:30)
  • What can I do now to become pregnant in a couple years? (4:00)
  • Is it ever too early to start taking pre-natal vitamins? (5:50)
  • Is mid- to late-thirties too late to have kids? (6:20)
  • How long should you wait to conceive after traveling to a country with the Zika virus? (9:20)
  • Birth stuff: Meggie’s thoughts on epidural vs. drug-free births (10:20)
  • What do OB/GYNs really think about birth plans? (11:40)
  • Meggie’s best advice for someone going into labor & the biggest myth about labor (14:00)
  • Postpartum stuff — including why you’re peeing a little when you run (15:15)
  • Are some vaginas weird? (19:20)
  • Meggie’s best advice for studying for the MCATs (21:00)
  • Meggie’s experience with burnout (26:00)
  • Dating & doctoring (28:00)
  • Whether delivering babies every day makes Meggie want one more or less (32:25)

What we mention on this episode:

Meggie Smith on Episode 61 of the Ali on the Run Show

Meggie Smith on Episode 27 of the Ali on the Run Show

NYU Langone Medical Center

University of Southern California

United Airlines NYC Half

Every Mother Counts

Meggie’s Every Mother Counts / NYC Half fundraiser

Jamie & Jeff’s Birth Plan via McSweeney’s

Abby Bales on Episode 49 of the Ali on the Run Show

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Think Coffee

One More Shot on Netflix

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2 Responses

  1. I loved this episode! I have no plans to ever be pregnant and I still loved it. “Be open minded and bring snacks” is my new mantra for every weekend/workday/vacation/veterinary appointment.

    Just wanted to say thank you for your great podcast, which has motivated me to get out on some of my favorite runs this year. Keep it up!

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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