Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Feeling sad or stressed? Find out where to get support in Toronto

This may be your first pregnancy, or your fourth baby – depression and anxiety can happened to anyone.  Many new parents who are struggling don’t get the help they need…some because they are ashamed and feel they should be enjoying their pregnancy or new baby, and some because they just don’t know where to start… Continue reading Feeling sad or stressed? Find out where to get support in Toronto

Pregnancy

Marijuana during pregnancy: Is it safe?

The government of Canada will legalize marijuana on Oct 17, 2018. Does this mean that it’s safe to use marijuana during pregnancy? Some people have reported that using marijuana during pregnancy helps to manage morning sickness. However, due to the potential risks to the pregnancy, baby and mother, safer approaches should be discussed with a health… Continue reading Marijuana during pregnancy: Is it safe?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

When children speak more than one language

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, living in a multicultural society like Toronto, it is my role to support parents and encourage them to keep their home language. Parents often ask if it’s ok to expose their child to more than one language when the child has a language delay. The answer- YES! Research shows that babies… Continue reading When children speak more than one language

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Why do you need more iron during pregnancy?

My job is to counsel pregnant individuals for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. One of the most common concerns that I see in 90% of my clients is the struggle with low iron levels. Many share that they feel tired, weak, have difficulty concentrating, feel lightheaded, have cold hands/feet or suffer headaches. And… Continue reading Why do you need more iron during pregnancy?

Nutrition · Parenting

Cookie recipe: A healthy sweet treat for the family

As a dietitian I am often asked “Are cookies healthy – can I have them as a snack?”  A cookie can be a snack option, especially if they are made with whole grain and flaxseeds. What can flaxseeds do for you? These are seeds that are more nutrient-dense than most nuts. They are a rich… Continue reading Cookie recipe: A healthy sweet treat for the family

Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

In Canada, Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually on October 1-7th to promote the importance of breastfeeding. The slogan this year is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. Breastfeeding provides the foundation for good health for mothers and babies. Here’s how: Helping the Environment No waste No utilities required No emissions from transport trucks Sustainable Natural source of… Continue reading Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Parenting · Pregnancy

How long should I wait to have another baby?

Have you already had a child and you’re ready to have another baby?  Even if you’re just thinking about it, spacing your pregnancies is a good idea.  Just how long should you wait before trying again? If you are planning a subsequent pregnancy, it’s best to wait & try again within 18 months to 5… Continue reading How long should I wait to have another baby?

Parenting

Has your child had an eye exam?

Did you know that 80% of children’s learning is gained through their eyes?  However, 1 in 4 school-age children may have a vision problem that makes it difficult to learn. When vision is not clear or does not provide a focused image to the developing brain, it can result in permanent loss of vision in… Continue reading Has your child had an eye exam?

Parenting

Children and divorce: Tips for parents

We can all agree on one thing: children are innocent bystanders when it involves parents separating – it is never their fault. Children need to be protected from conflict during marital breakdown. Last year, I was listening to a broadcast on what a modern divorce can look like, and the commentator’s words resonated with me… Continue reading Children and divorce: Tips for parents

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Looking for help with the cost of child care?

Finding the right child care centre is a big and often stressful decision. You have to consider many things such as location, convenience, quality, and of course cost. Child care in Toronto is expensive, making it hard for many families to afford. Did you know that there is a way to receive help with the… Continue reading Looking for help with the cost of child care?