Pregnancy

I am new to Canada – what do I need to know about having a baby here?

Moving to a new country can be both exciting and stressful. Prenatal care, birth practices and laws around the birth of a baby differ from country to country. Health care in Canada may be different compared to the country you are from. What do I need to know about having a baby in Canada? Choose… Continue reading I am new to Canada – what do I need to know about having a baby here?

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Pregnancy aches and pains? Tips to help you cope

Pregnancy is so much fun! Said no one. (Well, maybe a few lucky ones For the majority of us, pregnancy comes with swollen feet, back ache and frequent bathroom breaks. As baby develops, changes in your body are expected in pregnancy. The good news is that we can find ways to reduce the aches and… Continue reading Pregnancy aches and pains? Tips to help you cope

Parenting · Pregnancy

Having a difficult time getting pregnant? You are not alone.

After becoming a couple in 2012, Peter* and Pooja* had their life planned out for the next few years, including  having their first baby in 2 years after buying their new home.  As soon as she missed her period Pooja became very focussed about buying ovulation kits and completing pregnancy tests, only to find out… Continue reading Having a difficult time getting pregnant? You are not alone.

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What vaccines do I need during pregnancy?

I’m often asked the question, “If I am healthy, do I still need to be vaccinated while pregnant?” So, I went straight to our vaccine preventable disease health professionals for information. Although it is ideal to get your vaccinations up-to-date before pregnancy, some vaccines are still recommended while you’re pregnant. Vaccination will protect you and… Continue reading What vaccines do I need during pregnancy?

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Can I travel by air when pregnant?

My best friend loves to travel. Recently, she announced that she is 12 weeks pregnant. She is so excited, however, she is worried now that she’s already booked a vacation abroad for next year! This raises a good question. “Is travelling by air safe during pregnancy? Do airlines have policies about travelling while pregnant?“ Is… Continue reading Can I travel by air when pregnant?

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Is it normal to have vaginal discharge during pregnancy?

“What was THAT?! Discharge? Did I just pee myself? Is it supposed to smell like that?!” Pregnancy comes with many changes in the body and one of the not-so-fun changes is increase in vaginal discharge. As a nurse, I am often asked by pregnant clients if an increase in vaginal discharge is normal during pregnancy… Continue reading Is it normal to have vaginal discharge during pregnancy?