Baby's First Year · Parenting

Feeling overwhelmed by parenting choices and decisions? Tips to help.

I wear a few hats; public health nurse, mother, and grandmother just to name a few.  Having two young granddaughters, enables me to look at parenting from a different or outside lens. And what I can see is that parents today seem to be overwhelmed with decisions and choices. There are so many prevailing attitudes… Continue reading Feeling overwhelmed by parenting choices and decisions? Tips to help.

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Tofu recipe: A great alternative for meat/fish.

You don’t need animal protein to have a healthy pregnancy. But you do need to plan your meals carefully to make sure you and your baby get all the nutrients you need. It is important to replace meat and fish with nutritious alternatives like eggs, soy, legumes, nuts and seeds Tofu is an excellent choice… Continue reading Tofu recipe: A great alternative for meat/fish.

Emotional Health · Parenting

New to Canada?  Just had a baby and feeling lost and alone?

Maria moved to Toronto six months ago.  She is a new mother of a two month old baby girl.  She and her husband are feeling the stress of a new country, a new baby, and no family to help.  Maria speaks little English and isn’t sure where or how to get help from her new… Continue reading New to Canada?  Just had a baby and feeling lost and alone?

Pregnancy

What can I expect at my prenatal visits?

Have you ever felt nervous about seeing your doctor for your health exam?   Well, visiting your health care provider when you’re pregnant can also make you feel anxious, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Choose a midwife, obstetrician, family doctor or nurse practitioner early in your pregnancy. Your health care provider (HCP) will… Continue reading What can I expect at my prenatal visits?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Watch your baby not the clock

During the early days after birth, some babies and mothers need time to learn to breastfeed. Your baby might be sleepy and may need some help to feed. You may need to wake your baby to breastfeed; holding your baby skin-to-skin or changing your baby’s diaper can help to wake your baby. As you baby… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Watch your baby not the clock

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Protein in pregnancy: Why it’s important and how can I get enough?

As we start the New Year, we may think about making healthy lifestyle changes. Part of eating well is making sure you get enough protein to help build, maintain, and repair tissues in your body. Why is protein important? You need protein. When you eat food that contains protein, the digestive juices in your stomach… Continue reading Protein in pregnancy: Why it’s important and how can I get enough?

Parenting · Pregnancy

What vaccines do I need when planning a pregnancy?

Getting vaccinated before pregnancy is a safe, effective way to protect you and your baby. It was during my first pregnancy when I found out that I may have come into contact with the chickenpox virus. I had been at my friend’s birthday party. Two days later, I heard some of the kids at the… Continue reading What vaccines do I need when planning a pregnancy?

Pregnancy

Can I travel by air when pregnant?

My best friend loves to travel. Recently, she announced that she is 12 weeks pregnant. She is so excited, however, she is worried now that she’s already booked a vacation abroad for next year! This raises a good question. “Is travelling by air safe during pregnancy? Do airlines have policies about travelling while pregnant?“ Is… Continue reading Can I travel by air when pregnant?

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 things I learned about having a baby

I’ve worked with pregnant families and in pregnancy programs for over 10 years as a dietitian so, you might assume that I’d feel more than prepared to have a baby of my own. The truth is that even with everything I knew, or everything that I thought I knew, I was often surprised by the… Continue reading 5 things I learned about having a baby

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant? Tips to eating your best during the holiday season.

Holidays are a time where we may go out for a special meal or celebration. How do we ensure we don’t overindulge during this time? Tips to prevent unwanted discomforts from happening Eat at regular mealtimes and snack times. Before heading out to your gathering, eat at your regular meal and snack times. Don’t skip… Continue reading Pregnant? Tips to eating your best during the holiday season.