Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Parenting isn’t always easy: How can we help?

In my opinion, parenting is one of the toughest and most rewarding things in life.  When I was pregnant I was so worried about labour and birth.  I went to prenatal programs to learn what to eat to keep me and my baby healthy, how to manage my nausea and vomiting, signs of labour, and… Continue reading Parenting isn’t always easy: How can we help?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Vaccine time? Tips to reduce immunization pain

So, over the last few weeks we have been reminded to make sure that our vaccinations are up-to-date. If you’re like me or my kids, getting a needle can be quite an ordeal!  Vaccines may protect children from serious diseases, however, the pain factor can be an issue and affect your child’s experience with vaccination. … Continue reading Vaccine time? Tips to reduce immunization pain

Nutrition · Pregnancy

5 Refreshing & naturally infused water recipes

With the weather warming up, you’re probably looking for different ideas to quench your thirst!  Our dietitian, Melissa Koch, posted these great fruit-flavoured water recipes last year and I wanted to share it with you once again.  Let us know what you’re favourite water recipe will be this summer! _________________________________________________________ Sometimes I get tired of… Continue reading 5 Refreshing & naturally infused water recipes

Pregnancy

Tips to stay safe and active during pregnancy

My friend Aileen loves walking and doing Zumba.  Recently, she found out that she was 5 weeks pregnant.  She was very excited but wondered if she should stop going to her favourite Zumba class.  This is a similar question commonly asked by expectant parents and I’m sure many of you want to know if it’s… Continue reading Tips to stay safe and active during pregnancy

Parenting · Pregnancy

We’ve reached a milestone – Pregnancy to Parenting turns ONE!

It’s been a year since Toronto Public Health launched our Pregnancy to Parenting blog. Thank you for following along!  We hope you’ve found our posts interesting and informative. After 12 months, we thought this would be a good time to reflect on where we’re at and what’s to come.  So far, we’ve had 121 posts… Continue reading We’ve reached a milestone – Pregnancy to Parenting turns ONE!

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Measles and Mumps…oh my!

We have all heard about the recent outbreak of measles and mumps in Toronto. Two doses of MMR vaccine is the best protection against measles and mumps. What is Measles? It’s a super contagious viral infection causing blotchy rashes to the face and body. Symptoms are worst for babies and adults, with some needing hospital… Continue reading Measles and Mumps…oh my!

Emotional Health · Nutrition

New baby & feeling tired? Tips to increase your energy

Just had a baby and notice a change in the way you feel?  It can be a difficult time.  You’re recovering from the delivery, not getting enough sleep, and caring for a new baby.  Having a baby is a big life change, feelings ranging from joy and excitement to guilt and sadness can happen at any time… Continue reading New baby & feeling tired? Tips to increase your energy

Nutrition · Pregnancy

How much sugar is too much?

For adults and children, too much sugar intake could lead to increased weight gain and cavities.  Sugary foods may also replace foods that are higher in nutrients making them a less healthy choice. In pregnancy, excess sugar can cause the same problems.  If excess sugar intake causes weight gain above the recommended amount in pregnancy… Continue reading How much sugar is too much?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

How can I get enough calcium if I don’t drink milk?

Many people ask me how they can get enough calcium during pregnancy.  Sometimes they are lactose intolerant, occasionally they have a milk allergy or often they just don’t like the taste of milk.  Some people also find that their ability to digest dairy products or their desire to eat dairy changes in pregnancy. It might surprise… Continue reading How can I get enough calcium if I don’t drink milk?