Emotional Health · Parenting

Feeling depressed? Physical activity may help

I’m sure the last thing most new, sleep deprived parents are thinking about is squeezing exercise into an already busy schedule!  However, what if I told you that it can be done as part of your regular daily routine? We all know it’s important to be active but did you know that physical activity: releases… Continue reading Feeling depressed? Physical activity may help

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Is protein powder safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

As we all know, additional protein is needed in the second half of the pregnancy to support the growth and development of the baby. Clients often ask me if they can have protein powder to meet their extra protein needs. Extra protein from protein powders or supplements is rarely needed. Instead, it is easy to… Continue reading Is protein powder safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

5 Tips for expressing breast milk

Hand expression takes time to learn but will become easier with practice. It involves no cost, is always available and can be done anytime and anywhere. If your baby is healthy use a clean glass or hard plastic container (BPA free) to collect your expressed breast milk. Clean means to wash in hot soapy water… Continue reading 5 Tips for expressing breast milk

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

Breastfeeding and Alcohol:  Do they mix?

A mom recently told me that she stayed away from drinking any alcohol when trying to get pregnant and throughout her pregnancy.  She then shared “After I gave birth and going through those newborn stages of learning to feed my baby, changing diapers, finding a routine, lack of sleep etc… a glass of alcohol was… Continue reading Breastfeeding and Alcohol:  Do they mix?

Nutrition · Parenting

Constipation in children

Is your child straining when going to the bathroom? They may be constipated. Constipation in young children is common and can be uncomfortable/painful for them. As a dietitian, I often hear concerns from parents that their child is having less frequent bowel movements or when they have to “go”, it is painful. How do I… Continue reading Constipation in children

Pregnancy

Alcohol and Pregnancy:  What’s the Risk?

September is FASD Awareness month.  As a member of the Toronto FASD Network, we are joining the Red Shoes Rock campaign to raise awareness about this preventable disease. To recognize this important initiative, the Toronto sign lit up in red on September 9th, and we’re asking you to help us spread the word by wearing… Continue reading Alcohol and Pregnancy:  What’s the Risk?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Busy morning? 7 ideas for breakfast-on-the-go

Busy morning and rushing out of the house?  Feel too busy to prepare breakfast and now your stomach reminds you that it’s mid-morning and you haven’t eaten yet? Eating regularly is more important during pregnancy because the food you eat gives your body and baby nutrition and energy.  As a dietitian, I hear many reasons why… Continue reading Busy morning? 7 ideas for breakfast-on-the-go

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Is your child a picky eater, or a learning eater?

Does your child enjoy certain foods one day and refuse to eat them the next? Children can be hard to predict when it comes to food and eating, which is a concern I hear from many parents. Young children are learning to eat; they are developing their own food preferences. It is important for parents… Continue reading Is your child a picky eater, or a learning eater?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Ten tips to make the best mocktails for your party

Make your next party an alcohol-free one.  There’s a variety of ideas for you to make drinks that everyone can enjoy.  Remember, there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink when planning a pregnancy, pregnant, or breastfeeding, but that doesn’t mean the party is over for you. The key is to be creative and… Continue reading Ten tips to make the best mocktails for your party

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Is it true new fathers can experience postpartum depression?

Paternal postpartum depression is a very real condition that can happen any time after the birth or adoption of a baby. Many people don’t realize that one in ten dads develop depression.  It may start during your partner’s pregnancy, go away after the baby’s birth, and come back 3-6 months later.  In fact research shows… Continue reading Is it true new fathers can experience postpartum depression?