Podcast Episode #223

Simone Holtznagel

In this episode I chat with Simone Holtznagel, who shares her pregnancy journey, birth story and recovery journey, with baby Gia being born at the end of March.

Simone Holtznagel is one of Australia’s media personalities, and has appeared in shows such as ‘Australia’s Next Top Model’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’.

In today’s podcast episode, Simone opens up about her birth preparation, describes what she would have done differently with her birth preparation (hint, it’s to do with her pelvic floor!).

Simone also describes her vaginal birth including use of epidural, and she also shares what she did with her placenta, including placental encapsulation and a placenta smoothie!

Simone Holztnagel

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In this article you'll find tips to:

  • Prepare for Pregnancy and Birth
  • Navigate the Birth Process
  • Enhance Postpartum Recovery
  • Support Breastfeeding and Early Motherhood
  • Consider Alternative Postpartum Practices

Simone Holtznagel’s Background

Simone Holtznagel is a well-known Australian media personality, recognised for her appearances on popular shows like “Australia’s Next Top Model” and “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!”. Recently, she embarked on a new journey into motherhood with the birth of her baby girl, Gia, who is now six weeks old. In this podcast episode, Simone shared her candid and insightful experiences from pregnancy to early motherhood, also providing valuable tips and reflections for other mums-to-be.

Simone Holtznagel’s Pregnancy Journey

Simone discovered she was pregnant shortly after a holiday celebrating her 30th birthday. Reflecting on her early pregnancy, she recounted initial symptoms and the cautious approach her doctors took during those first few weeks. Despite feeling nervous and anxious, especially with slight spotting and fatigue, Simone navigated her pregnancy with a mixture of excitement and careful preparation.

Simone Holtznagel’s Birth Story

Preparation was key for Simone as she read extensively, attended birthing classes, and performed perineal massage to get ready for childbirth. Her birth story includes opting for an epidural and having a vaginal delivery with the assistance of forceps after two hours of pushing. Simone’s experience highlights the importance of learning effective pushing techniques, something she wished she had focused on more.

Simone managed to avoid an episiotomy and only required a minor internal stitch, which was a significant relief. Her story underscores the unpredictable nature of childbirth and the value of being adaptable.

Simone Holtznagel’s Recovery Journey

Postpartum recovery brought its own set of challenges for Simone. She experienced neuropraxia of the femoral nerve due to her legs being in stirrups during labour, which temporarily affected her knee reflexes and strength. Simone emphasised the importance of pelvic floor physiotherapy, which aided her recovery significantly. She also shared her success in breastfeeding, despite a brief encounter with mastitis.

Simone’s relaxed approach to early motherhood, coupled with her proactive steps in recovery, illustrates her resilience and adaptability. She encourages other new mums to embrace the journey, despite its hurdles, and to seek professional support when needed.

Placental Encapsulation and Smoothie – Simone’s Experience

One of the unique aspects of Simone’s postpartum journey was her decision to encapsulate her placenta and consume part of it in a smoothie. Simone had always been interested in alternative and holistic health practices and saw potential benefits in this approach. After careful research, she had her placenta made into capsules and a smoothie, believing it helped prevent postpartum depression and accelerated her recovery.

Simone reported that she stopped bleeding within seven days postpartum and felt an overall sense of well-being, attributing part of this to her placental consumption. While acknowledging the controversy and lack of extensive scientific backing for placental encapsulation, Simone advocates for making informed, personal choices that feel right for each individual.

In sharing her story, Simone Holtznagel provides a wealth of insights and practical advice for expecting and new mums. Her candid reflections offer reassurance and encouragement, emphasising the importance of preparation, self-care, and flexibility in the journey of motherhood.

** This podcast has general information only. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health or medical condition.


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Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I prepare for childbirth?

Decisions involved in preparing for childbirth are unique to the individual, and can differ vastly amongst different women. Some women like to prepare for childbirth by involving reading extensively, attending birthing classes, and performing perineal massage. It may also be beneficial to learn pushing techniques and consider your pain management options, such as epidurals.

What are some effective birth preparation techniques?

Effective birth preparation techniques may include reading books on childbirth, attending prenatal classes, doing perineal massage, and learning about various labour and delivery scenarios to feel more informed and prepared.

How should I handle early pregnancy symptoms?

Managing early pregnancy symptoms like spotting and fatigue involves following your doctor's advice, staying hydrated, resting adequately, and staying informed through reliable sources.

What should I expect during postpartum recovery?

Postpartum recovery can include many joys along with challenges such as physical discomfort and breastfeeding issues. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can be beneficial, and it’s important to follow your healthcare provider’s advice for a smooth recovery.

What is placental encapsulation and what are its potential benefits?

Placental encapsulation involves processing the placenta into capsules or consuming it in a smoothie. Some believe it can help with postpartum recovery by preventing depression and aiding in faster recovery, although scientific evidence is mixed.

How can I manage breastfeeding challenges?

Managing breastfeeding challenges can involve seeking help from lactation consultants, staying hydrated, and ensuring proper latching techniques.

What are the benefits of learning proper pushing techniques for childbirth?

Learning proper pushing techniques and pelvic floor involvement may support the labour process efficiency and reduce the risk of complications. It may also help in conserving energy during labour and potentially lead to a smoother delivery. Of course, every situation is unique and multifactorial, and it is best to discuss any questions or concerns with your healthcare provider.