With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s a known fact that parties and alcoholic drinks will be a part of the celebrations. But what about drinking alcohol when you’re planning a pregnancy? “If I’m not pregnant yet, is it okay to have just one or two drinks?” When it comes to drinking alcohol and planning… Continue reading Can I drink alcohol if I’m planning a pregnancy or pregnant?
Have you already had a child and you’re ready to have another baby? Even if you’re just thinking about it, spacing your pregnancies is a good idea. Just how long should you wait before trying again? If you are planning a subsequent pregnancy, it’s best to wait & try again within 18 months to 5… Continue reading How long should I wait to have another baby?
Are you thinking about having a baby? It’s important to have a family health history completed at your next visit with your health care provider (HCP). What does this mean and why is it important? Learning about your family’s health history before you get pregnant will give you more time to address any concerns and… Continue reading Planning a pregnancy: What’s a family health history all about?
Has planning a pregnancy got you worried and tense? Maybe you’ve been feeling sad, scared or not in control of your life? Stress from trying to conceive a baby can sometimes affect your mental health and well-being. It’s a good idea to talk about your feelings with someone you trust. When should I get help?… Continue reading Mental health matters when planning a pregnancy
Is this the year that you’ve decided to have a baby? If you’ve answered “Yes!” then it’s a good idea to start planning now to ensure that you and your partner are as healthy as possible. Moderate exercise may help to improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy & baby. To get started, think… Continue reading Why be physically active if planning a pregnancy?
Getting vaccinated before pregnancy is a safe, effective way to protect you and your baby. 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… Continue reading What vaccines do I need when planning a pregnancy?
A friend of mine recently mentioned that he and his wife of 4 years have talked about when they should start having a family. His wife’s 29th birthday was just around the corner and he was now 37 years old. They intentionally delayed having to make this decision since they had started new jobs and… Continue reading Delaying parenthood: Does age really matter?
During prenatal class, one of my moms shared her story of being diabetic and how this affected her ability to get pregnant. She expressed that if only she had known about the effects of her diabetes, maybe she would’ve had an easier time getting pregnant. Although it’s true that diabetes can affect your fertility, knowing… Continue reading What I need to know if I’m diabetic & planning to have a baby
September is FASD Awareness month. As a member of the Toronto FASD Network, we are joining the Red Shoes Rock campaign to raise awareness about this preventable disease. To recognize this important initiative, the Toronto sign lit up in red on September 9th, and we’re asking you to help us spread the word by wearing… Continue reading Alcohol and Pregnancy: What’s the Risk?
When planning a pregnancy, how many times have you heard from family and friends to “just relax, you’re trying too hard.” It turns out that there is some truth to this old saying. With the pressures and busyness of our everyday lives – stress is unavoidable. We now know that managing stress may help improve… Continue reading Can stress affect my ability to get pregnant?