Baby's First Year · Pregnancy

Placentophagy: What is it?

Eating one’s placenta after birth may be surprising for some people, and for others this information may not be new. It is not a common practice; however, the practice appears to be increasing and Health Canada has recently issued a statement regarding the consumption of human placenta and the potential health risk. The placenta is… Continue reading Placentophagy: What is it?

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Umbilical cord blood banking: What is it?

Recently at a prenatal class I was asked about umbilical cord blood banking. This family was looking for information about what it is all about and their options for storing cord blood. Pregnancy is a time where you can gather the information needed for you to make the right choice for you and your baby.… Continue reading Umbilical cord blood banking: What is it?

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Online prenatal program: What’s it all about?

Toronto Public Health offers pregnant individuals and their families a free online prenatal program.  You can learn at your own pace from the comfort of wherever you choose. Why complete this free online prenatal program? There are 29 interactive classes that include video, audio, games and quizzes. Our prenatal program offers educational information and provides… Continue reading Online prenatal program: What’s it all about?

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Health risks of cannabis use during pregnancy

The government of Canada legalized cannabis on Oct 17, 2018. Does this mean that it’s safe to use cannabis during pregnancy? Some people have reported that using cannabis during pregnancy helps to manage morning sickness. However, due to the potential risks to the pregnancy, unborn baby and mother, safer approaches should be discussed with a health… Continue reading Health risks of cannabis use during pregnancy

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FASD: What is it?

“I know that it’s not good to drink during pregnancy, but will one small drink hurt my baby?” This is one of the most common questions that I’m asked as a Public Health Nurse. September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) month and September 9th has been designated as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness… Continue reading FASD: What is it?