Parenting · Pregnancy

Planning a pregnancy:  What’s a family health history all about?

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?

Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Mental health matters when planning a pregnancy

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

Parenting · Pregnancy

Why be physically active if 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?

Parenting · Pregnancy

What vaccines do I need when 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?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Delaying parenthood:  Does age really matter?

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?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

What I need to know if I’m diabetic & planning to have a baby

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

Pregnancy

Alcohol and Pregnancy:  What’s the Risk?

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?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Can stress affect my ability to get pregnant?

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?

Parenting · Pregnancy

What’s the scoop on men’s health and fertility?

Ready to have a baby?  That’s terrific news!  Did you know that men’s health before conception plays a key role in having a healthy baby? In fact, the evidence is growing regarding the importance of men’s health when it comes to fertility and the baby’s health. It takes about 3 months for sperm to fully… Continue reading What’s the scoop on men’s health and fertility?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Thinking of having another baby? What’s your plan?

New parents often mention to me that they plan on taking some time to reconnect with their partner and spend some quality time together as a couple.  Having a young baby at home often gives couples little time and energy left to enjoy each other again. In the heat of the moment, parents may not… Continue reading Thinking of having another baby? What’s your plan?