In one of our group prenatal programs, someone asked “How can I plan for the birth of my baby”? It sparked a conversation about what a birth plan is, when to write it and how to create one. Here are some ideas to help you create your own plan: What? What kind of birth you… Continue reading Birth Plans: What, when and how to create one
What if you could access free reliable pregnancy information any time of day, and from anywhere you have an internet connection? Well, guess what? Toronto Public Health offers a free online prenatal program called Welcome to Parenting that is available to all families living in Toronto. About the program: This convenient and flexible program has… Continue reading Looking for an online prenatal program?
For those settling into a pregnancy, it may be a good time to start thinking about what life will be like with a new baby. When we talk about getting ready for a baby in our prenatal program, I often ask “What are some important things that you’ve prepared for?” The responses I usually hear… Continue reading Expectations for life after baby has arrived
If you have plans to deliver your baby in the hospital or a birthing centre, you’ll probably want to start packing your bag when you’ve reached your 3rd trimester. Not sure what to pack? Here’s a checklist to help make it easier for you. For you: Personal items: Health card Hair accessories Body lotion Sanitary… Continue reading CHECKLIST: Is your hospital bag packed?
This is the third part of a 3 part series on your baby’s development during pregnancy. If you missed it, you can find out about your baby’s development in the first trimester and second trimester. What do I need to know? The late part of your pregnancy is about 3 months long and is also… Continue reading Fetal development in the 3rd trimester
This is the second part of a 3 part series on your baby’s development during pregnancy. If you missed it, you can find out about your baby’s development in the first trimester. What do I need to know? The middle part of your pregnancy, also called the second trimester is about 3 months long. Your… Continue reading Fetal development in the 2nd trimester
Follow this 3 part series to learn about your baby’s development throughout your first, second, and third trimester. What do I need to know? The early part of pregnancy, also called the first trimester is about 3 months long. It is an important time in pregnancy for your baby’s growth and development because all important… Continue reading Fetal development in the first trimester
Alcohol in pregnancy has been in the media quite a bit lately. Some of the messaging you hear can be confusing. With International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day coming on September 9th, we will be answering common questions that people have about this topic. Question: Are there any types of alcohol considered to be… Continue reading Alcohol in Pregnancy: 4 frequently asked questions
If you’re not having any complications during your pregnancy then the answer is yes! This is a very common question and if you’ve been worried about asking, you’ve come to the right place. With all of your hormonal changes you may experience an increased sexual desire or the opposite where you feel your interest in sex… Continue reading Can I have sex while I’m pregnant?
“An estimated 15 million babies are born too early every year. That is more than 1 in 10 babies.” – World Health Organization What is preterm labour? Normal labour usually happens between 37 to 42 weeks in pregnancy. Preterm labour is labour that happens before 37 completed weeks. What’s worrisome is that preterm labour can… Continue reading Preterm labour: What do I need to know?