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?
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.
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?
New Canadian laws will be coming into effect in 2018 to legalize the use of marijuana. But just because marijuana is being legalized, does it mean it is safe to use in pregnancy or when planning a pregnancy? What is marijuana? Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant and contains over 700 chemicals. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is… Continue reading Is marijuana use safe when pregnant or planning a 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
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
We plan for school, work, vacations, and so much more in our life. Making the decision to become pregnant is one of life’s milestones. Your health, readiness and available supports are important things to consider as there can be challenges along the way. 8 things to consider when planning a pregnancy: 1. Write out your… Continue reading Planning a pregnancy? 8 things to consider
The holidays are a special time of year when you may be out with your family or friends celebrating love and life while sharing in good food and company. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the holidays safely (and still have fun) while pregnant. Get enough rest and sleep. Fatigue and exhaustion happens… Continue reading 5 tips to help you celebrate the holidays safely while pregnant
We all know how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle. For example, making healthy food choices, keeping active, getting adequate rest, reducing stress, and avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and drugs reduces your risk of illness. Taking precautions to avoid harmful environmental substances before and during pregnancy can also limit potential risks to the fetus. Exposure… Continue reading 7 Tips to keep your home clean and safe while pregnant