Parenting · Pregnancy

Pregnancy spacing and birth control

If you've just had a baby and are not ready to have another baby so soon, consider using birth control to help you space your next pregnancy. When planning another pregnancy, it's best to wait at least 18 months to 5 years to have your next baby. Birth control is used to help prevent a… Continue reading Pregnancy spacing and birth control

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Plastics and fertility: What’s the link?

We find plastic everywhere in our world and use different types of plastic in daily life.  Ever wonder if they have any effect on trying to have a child? Studies have shown that constant exposure over time and unsafe use of plastics may have negative health effects on you and your ability to get pregnant.… Continue reading Plastics and fertility: What’s the link?

Pregnancy

Thyroid and fertility: What’s the connection?

After a year of trying to get pregnant and not using birth control, my friend started to become a little concerned when she was not conceiving. After all, shouldn't she have been pregnant already? When she went to see the doctor for a check-up, she was informed that she had a low thyroid level. 1… Continue reading Thyroid and fertility: What’s the connection?

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6 tips to help you get more sleep in pregnancy

I remember in my last weeks of pregnancy I had a difficult time sleeping.  No matter what I did, I could not find a comfortable position.  I would toss and turn from side to side and re-position my pillows constantly in hopes of a getting a good night's rest. If you're pregnant, it's recommended that… Continue reading 6 tips to help you get more sleep in pregnancy

Pregnancy

Can I have a vaginal birth after a caesarean section?

In my prenatal programs, I commonly hear "I already had a C-section and hope this time I can have a vaginal birth". Depending on your previous birth experience(s) and your own health history, you do have a high chance of giving birth vaginally. Having a vaginal birth after a caesarean (VBAC) may be a safe… Continue reading Can I have a vaginal birth after a caesarean section?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Planning a pregnancy? Questions your health care provider may ask.

I was so happy for my cousin when she married last year.  She was excited to tell me that she was planning to have a baby for next summer.  When I suggested she see her doctor for a preconception health visit, she had no idea what this meant and what to expect. Having a check-up… Continue reading Planning a pregnancy? Questions your health care provider may ask.

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?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Is cannabis use safe when pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

New Canadian laws will be coming into effect in 2018 to legalize the use of cannabis. But just because cannabis is being legalized, does it mean it is safe to use in pregnancy or when planning a pregnancy? What is marijuana? Cannabis is a plant which contains over 700 chemicals.  Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active… Continue reading Is cannabis use safe when pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

Tips to prepare for breastfeeding before and during pregnancy

Thinking about how you will feed your future baby may be the furthest thing from your mind.  After all, why would you think about feeding a baby if you don’t have a baby or aren't pregnant yet? Studies show that most parents decide how to feed their baby before they are pregnant.  Deciding early about… Continue reading Tips to prepare for breastfeeding before and during pregnancy

Pregnancy

4 Tips to help make an informed decision in labour and birth

Allowing the body to labour naturally is what's most healthy, safe and desirable for you and your baby. Medical interventions are meant to be used only when complications happen in the labour and birth process. Being aware of your choices, the benefits, risks and alternative methods that can be used in labour and birth is… Continue reading 4 Tips to help make an informed decision in labour and birth