Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Convenience foods: How to make them healthy

Many of my clients express that they are constantly thinking of what their next meal or snack will be but time to prepare a “healthy” meal is minimal.  In an ideal world, we would all have time to buy ingredients from farmers markets and make all our meals from scratch. However the reality is, time… Continue reading Convenience foods: How to make them healthy

Parenting

Language & Discipline: Finding positive words for negative behaviour

According to my dictionary the word ‘Parenting‘ is almost 100 years old even though the role has been around for ages. The definition is very simple: “the raising of a child by its parents,” but most parents would agree that this does not properly describe the really complicated and difficult job of parenting. Negative behaviour… Continue reading Language & Discipline: Finding positive words for negative behaviour

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Easy homemade frozen treats

Craving a homemade frozen treat? Keep reading. During these hot summer days, you are probably looking for delicious frozen delights to enjoy. No fancy ice cream maker? Not a problem.  There are plenty of options that you can make at home that do not require appliances or lengthy preparation. Fruity popsicles, frozen milkshakes and even… Continue reading Easy homemade frozen treats

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Is there a “Perfect” bedtime routine for babies?

There is no perfect bedtime routine.  The truth is our little bundles of joy were designed to get up and nourish those little developing brains.  Night waking is normal and actually very healthy for newborns!  Just this week, a client of the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program asked me why they can’t get their child… Continue reading Is there a “Perfect” bedtime routine for babies?

Pregnancy

4 Tips to help make an informed decision in labour and birth

Allowing the body to labour naturally is what’s most healthy, safe and desirable for you and your baby. Medical interventions are meant to be used only when complications happen in the labour and birth process. Being aware of your choices, the benefits, risks and alternative methods that can be used in labour and birth is… Continue reading 4 Tips to help make an informed decision in labour and birth

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Are you blaming yourself for the premature birth of your baby?

You’ve done all the textbook things you’re supposed to do during your pregnancy – you ate healthy food, exercised, attended prenatal programs, and had regular visits with your health care provider.  Yet here you are…sitting in a neonatal intensive care unit gazing through an incubator at your tiny two-pound baby born at 28 weeks.  Where… Continue reading Are you blaming yourself for the premature birth of your baby?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

7 tips to reach a healthy weight after pregnancy

Congratulations – You just had a baby!  You did well gaining the recommended amount of weight in pregnancy.  But now that baby is born, it may be time to lose the extra weight. Being at a healthy weight is important for health.  It is recommended to have gradual weight loss by eating a variety of… Continue reading 7 tips to reach a healthy weight after pregnancy

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Feeding Your Baby Expressed Breast Milk

There may be times when feeding your baby at the breast is not possible. You may need to express breast milk if: Your baby is having difficulty with latching Your breasts are too hard for your baby to latch You want to give your baby breast milk when you are away from your baby You… Continue reading Feeding Your Baby Expressed Breast Milk

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Why do I need folate in pregnancy?

Folate is a vitamin important for cells to grow and divide in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when the fetus is being developed. It is also important for the rest of your pregnancy as it helps produce extra blood and helps the baby to grow. Our pregnant body needs 600mcg of folate daily. 50%… Continue reading Why do I need folate in pregnancy?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Can stress affect my ability to get pregnant?

When planning a pregnancy, how many times have you heard from family and friends to “just relax, you’re trying too hard.”   It turns out that there is some truth to this old saying.  With the pressures and busyness of our everyday lives – stress is unavoidable.  We now know that managing stress may help improve… Continue reading Can stress affect my ability to get pregnant?