Nutrition · Parenting

Quick & healthy snack recipe: Baked Plantain Chips

Looking for new snack recipes to prepare for the family? Here is a plantain chip recipe that is very simple to make as a side dish or a snack. Have you eaten plantains before? A plantain looks like a banana but is generally larger and is usually cooked before eaten. When it is ripe, it… Continue reading Quick & healthy snack recipe: Baked Plantain Chips

Pregnancy

Choosing a Health Care Provider

Congratulations, you are pregnant! As an expectant parent, one of the many decisions you will make is choosing a healthcare provider to support you through pregnancy, childbirth and after baby is born. Ideally, prenatal care should begin as early as possible during pregnancy; however seeking prenatal care at any stage of pregnancy can improve health… Continue reading Choosing a Health Care Provider

Parenting · Pregnancy

How can heat affect fertility or pregnancy?

I've had many parents ask me about whether it is safe to practice hot yoga or use hot tubs when pregnant or trying to get pregnant. You've probably heard about the effects of extreme heat on the body such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but extreme heat can also affect your chances of getting… Continue reading How can heat affect fertility or pregnancy?

Parenting

Masculinity: What messages are we giving children?

"Boys don't cry!" "You throw like a girl!" "Why is that boy playing with dolls?" As adults, there is potential to fall into gender stereotypes very easily. I've reached out to our Sexual Health Promoters to share their expertise on the importance of talking with children about society's gender stereotypes. Here's what they shared: By… Continue reading Masculinity: What messages are we giving children?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Pesticide safety during pregnancy

In the summer, there may be more pests, weeds or fungi in your living spaces. If you choose to use pesticides in or around your home, it is important to use them responsibly and safely.  Here are a few tips I share with participants at our prenatal programs, to help protect expectant parents and their… Continue reading Pesticide safety during pregnancy

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Chat live with a Public Health Nurse

Let's face it, life can be extremely hectic and it's not always convenient to talk on the phone!  Waiting to speak to the right person can seem like hours, particularly when you are trying to manage several tasks at the same time! Being a parent and juggling the demands of work/school and family, I know… Continue reading Chat live with a Public Health Nurse

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Are you ready to start exercising after having your baby?

Do you think of exercise and immediately picture a fitness centre with complicated machines and impossibly hard, high tempo exercise classes?   This can be scary for anyone, let alone a new parent who is isn’t sleeping well and adjusting to life with a new baby. Exercise doesn't have to be difficult, it can be built… Continue reading Are you ready to start exercising after having your baby?

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

How to manage stress in pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of change and feeling stressed is very common. Sometimes when stress builds over a long period of time and you start to feel like you have little control over these feelings, you may be experiencing chronic stress.  Learning how to deal with everyday stressors can help. Chronic stress may cause immediate… Continue reading How to manage stress in pregnancy

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

Family and friends can support breastfeeding

The early weeks after the birth of your baby are joyful and full of new experiences. At the same time they can also be tiring, overwhelming and stressful. As a new parent you can feel both emotionally and physically tired. Your body needs time to recover. You also need time to learn how to breastfeed,… Continue reading Family and friends can support breastfeeding