Finding out that you’re pregnant can make you feel many different things: happy, excited or even confused, especially as you read more about what to expect. How do you know you’re making the best decisions about your health or your baby’s health? There are so many sources of information available (websites, phone apps, forums), who do you trust?
Toronto Public Health in partnership with community agencies across the City offers weekly prenatal programs to eligible families. At Canada Prenatal Nutrition Programs (CPNP), you can get the trusted advice you’re seeking and more.
Five reasons to attend a CPNP:
1. Connect with other pregnant individuals and families.
Attending a CPNP is a great opportunity to make new friends and meet other families living in your neighbourhood who are also having children the same age. Plus, it may be comforting to hear their stories and questions since you’re probably wondering about the same things.
2. Learn in a group setting.
Every week there is a new workshop topic. You might learn about healthy eating in pregnancy, basic labour and birth, feeding your baby, or about becoming a parent. The workshops are based on the needs of each group and the communities that they serve.
3. Talk to a nurse or dietitian in-person about your questions.
If you have a specific question about your health in your pregnancy or while breastfeeding, this may be your chance to ask! Both Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians are available at programs to help provide answers.
4. Get referrals to the support and health services you need.
There is help available to get you access to the health services you need. We can sit and provide information or refer you to other health programs in the City, including other programs at Toronto Public Health.
5. It’s free!
CPNPs are free to attend but you do need to register when you arrive. Programs also offer additional supports like a healthy meal or snack, free childcare for your older children, interpretation if needed, and TTC tokens if you’ve traveled by transit.
Are you interested? Find out if you’re eligible and locate a program near your home. You can also eChat or call (416) 338-7600 to speak to a nurse about a referral.