Pregnancy

COVID-19 vaccine and fertility

A common question I’m asked about the COVID-19 vaccine is “how does it affect my fertility” or “will it affect my reproductive health”? Rumours or misinformation about vaccines and the possible impacts it has on fertility or reproductive health, make it hard for people to make an informed decision. It’s important to consider the facts… Continue reading COVID-19 vaccine and fertility

Pregnancy

COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy

Are you or someone you know, pregnant or planning to get pregnant and have questions about taking the COVID-19 vaccine? During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes that may increase the risk of getting sick, including getting viral respiratory infections. The COVID-19 vaccines are very effective in preventing infection. According to the Ministry of… Continue reading COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy

Breastfeeding · Pregnancy

COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding

As of April 23, all pregnant individuals in Ontario are eligible to register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments. It is free and available to all eligible residents. An OHIP card is not required to get the vaccine. Many have been asking questions about the vaccine and whether it is safe to be vaccinated when planning a… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding

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Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Caring for Baby when you are COVID-19 Positive

Are you pregnant or a new parent and have COVID-19?  Not sure what you should do? Our nurse Ella Shapiro shares some information that might help. Pregnancy: Getting COVID when you are pregnant can affect the health of you and your baby. Most pregnant people who get COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, but some pregnant… Continue reading Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Caring for Baby when you are COVID-19 Positive

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Fight the Flu: Protect yourself and your family, friends and community

This fall, children are back in the classroom, people are traveling and families are gathering for events. This makes it easier for viruses to spread and doctors expect to see more people sick with the flu this year. Our health promotion specialist Erin Mandel shares some information on the flu and how to protect yourself.… Continue reading Fight the Flu: Protect yourself and your family, friends and community

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Emotional Health · Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Did you know? Telehealth Ontario is now Health Connect Ontario!

Times of illness can be very stressful for parents and caregivers. It’s normal to feel worried and have lots of questions, such as: How serious are my/my child’s symptoms? Do we need to go to a doctor? Is it safe to breastfeed if I’m sick? Who can I contact for health advice and support? If… Continue reading Did you know? Telehealth Ontario is now Health Connect Ontario!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

What’s so special about being one and a half?

To celebrate turning 1½, all children in Ontario are invited for a special well-baby 18 month checkup with your family doctor or nurse practitioner. This is an exciting stage in your child’s growth and learning as they become more independent. Parents need to book this in-depth checkup for two reasons: Now is the ideal time… Continue reading What’s so special about being one and a half?

Pregnancy

What vaccines do I need during pregnancy?

I’m often asked the question, “If I am healthy, do I still need to be vaccinated while pregnant?” So, I went straight to our vaccine preventable disease health professionals for information. Although it is ideal to get your vaccinations up-to-date before pregnancy, some vaccines are still recommended while you’re pregnant. Vaccination will protect you and… Continue reading What vaccines do I need during pregnancy?

Parenting · Pregnancy

What vaccines do I need when planning a pregnancy?

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 party came down with chicken pox. I was in a state of panic!  Having never… Continue reading What vaccines do I need when planning a pregnancy?