Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant and new to Canada? Join CPNP for free

If you’re pregnant and new to Canada, the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) may be just right for you! Sarah Aldous, a Public Health Nurse who works in one of the many CPNP programs in Toronto, shares her thoughts below on why she thinks you should join. I help facilitate one of the 36 Toronto… Continue reading Pregnant and new to Canada? Join CPNP for free

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Skip the fad diet to achieve a healthy weight after baby

How do I lose the baby weight? That’s the question I get asked most often when I first see a parent after their baby is born. More recently at a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, a new mother asked this exact thing. She wondered how she would ever lose the pregnancy weight if she wasn’t expected… Continue reading Skip the fad diet to achieve a healthy weight after baby

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant and want to know how and what to eat? Attend a CPNP

A CPNP or a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, is a national prenatal program available to pregnant individuals and families who qualify. In Toronto, there are over 30 programs that run across the City each week. I work with a team of Registered Dietitians and Nurses to support pregnant families that attend these programs in making… Continue reading Pregnant and want to know how and what to eat? Attend a CPNP

Nutrition · Pregnancy

5 Reasons to attend a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

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… Continue reading 5 Reasons to attend a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 things I learned about having a baby

I’ve worked with pregnant families and in pregnancy programs for over 10 years as a dietitian so, you might assume that I’d feel more than prepared to have a baby of my own. The truth is that even with everything I knew, or everything that I thought I knew, I was often surprised by the… Continue reading 5 things I learned about having a baby

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Nutrition

Vitamin D and your baby: What you need to know

Now that it’s getting warm & sunny out you may be asking – does my breastfed baby still need a vitamin D supplement? Yes, even though it’s spring and soon it’ll be summer, it’s still recommended that a breastfed baby under two years old get a vitamin D supplement every day. Though it’s true that the body… Continue reading Vitamin D and your baby: What you need to know

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnancy & constipation – 6 tips to increase your fibre

If you’re suffering from constipation in your pregnancy, you’re not alone.  Most pregnant women will struggle with constipation (or hard stools that are difficult to pass) at some point in their pregnancies. It’s a common pregnancy problem; usually caused by some combination of slow digestion, use of iron supplements and the lack of fibre, fluid and activity… Continue reading Pregnancy & constipation – 6 tips to increase your fibre

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Reducing your salt intake won’t cure your pregnancy bloat

“Is the salt in my diet causing me to swell?”  This is a question we get asked a lot as dietitians working with expectant parents and their families.  In truth, it’s not the salt (or sodium) in your diet that causes normal swelling in pregnancy. When you’re pregnant, especially in your last months of pregnancy, it’s… Continue reading Reducing your salt intake won’t cure your pregnancy bloat

Nutrition · Pregnancy

5 tips to help manage nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

Having an upset stomach, or feeling like you can’t keep food down are common first signs of pregnancy.  Nearly 85% of all pregnant women suffer some type of nausea or vomiting.  For some women it can be severe and very exhausting. Though it’s often called morning sickness, it can happen at any time of the… Continue reading 5 tips to help manage nausea and vomiting in pregnancy