Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 great ideas for a baby shower gift

You’re excited to welcome a new baby, and want to choose just the right gift. For the first year of life, babies need to be fed and loved, cuddled and sung to, precious gifts that are difficult to wrap! That means the perfect baby shower gift is one that meets parents’ needs, giving them support… Continue reading 5 great ideas for a baby shower gift

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Pregnant and feeling stressed? Tips to help.

I’m pregnant and feeling stressed out! Are these feelings normal? Is there anything I can do to feel better?     We all experience a certain level of stress in our everyday life.  Some stress can be helpful; it can inspire us to get things done at home or work, and it encourages us to arrive… Continue reading Pregnant and feeling stressed? Tips to help.

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Pregnancy

4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

It is normal to have mood changes in the days and first weeks following the birth of your baby. Remember…this does not mean that you have or will have postpartum depression or anxiety (PPD/A). Here’s the 4 differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression? 1. How common are baby blues? Baby Blues – Occurs in… Continue reading 4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

Nutrition · Pregnancy

7 tips to eat twice as healthy during pregnancy

Is it time to eat for two? ‘Congratulations! You get to eat for two now!’ is a phrase you may hear when you announce you’re pregnant.  Some may think this is the chance for us to eat more of the foods we love, or not worry as much about the foods we’re choosing. However, eating… Continue reading 7 tips to eat twice as healthy during pregnancy

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Signs that your baby is swallowing breast milk effectively

As a nurse, many parents express concerns like “My baby seems to be sucking at the breast but I am not sure if he is actually drinking my breast milk”. Often clients show up at the breastfeeding clinic asking for advice about what a good breastfeeding looks like. A good breastfeeding can look very different… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Signs that your baby is swallowing breast milk effectively

Nutrition · Pregnancy

What about fats during pregnancy?

February is heart month, which is a good time to talk about healthy fats during pregnancy. I often find people think that they should avoid fat…have a look at what Vanessa Pietrantonio, our nutrition student has summarized based on the current evidence. Why is eating fat important? Eating fat is an important part of pregnancy.… Continue reading What about fats during pregnancy?

Nutrition · Parenting

Am I feeding my young child enough?

Many parents often ask me if they are feeding their young children the right amount of food. They also have concerns about how their children are growing, often comparing their children to those around them. Children’s growth patterns are different, children of the same age will vary in height and weight, and grow at different… Continue reading Am I feeding my young child enough?

Pregnancy

Preterm Labour- Can it happen to me?

I’m 34 weeks pregnant, and things have been going along smoothly with the pregnancy, until today. I’ve been having more vaginal discharge than usual, and I’m feeling quite crampy. I think something is wrong. Could I be experiencing preterm labour? What is Preterm Labour? Typically, labour occurs between the 37th and 42nd week of pregnancy.… Continue reading Preterm Labour- Can it happen to me?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Why be physically active if planning a pregnancy?

Is this the year that you’ve decided to have a baby?  If you’ve answered “Yes!” then it’s a good idea to start planning now to ensure that you and your partner are as healthy as possible. Moderate exercise may help to improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy & baby. To get started, think… Continue reading Why be physically active if planning a pregnancy?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Boost your protein and fibre with yellow split pea soup

Add some yellow in your soup! In the last 3 months of pregnancy you will need to boost the protein in your food to keep up with your baby’s growth. Adding dried peas in soups is a great way to go especially if you are feeling sick of meat. It is also a way of… Continue reading Boost your protein and fibre with yellow split pea soup