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?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Child development: Don’t wait and see

The rapid changes children undergo in the early years of life can leave parents wondering how best to care for them at each stage. As May is Speech, Hearing and Vision month, we’d like to make sure you are aware of some important ways to support the child in your world. When one or more… Continue reading Child development: Don’t wait and see

Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Recognize and support maternal mental health

Every year during the first week of May we recognize Mental Health Week in Canada.  This week is meant to help the public learn, share, and promote the important issue of mental health. May 2 is World Maternal Mental Health Day On this day, organizations from around the world are making efforts to recognize and promote… Continue reading Recognize and support maternal mental health

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Eggs: Simple tortilla cup recipe

Got Eggs? Ever wonder about the difference between brown and white eggs? Their nutrition is actually the same! The difference is that brown eggs come from hens with brown feathers and white eggs come from hens with white feathers! Eggs can be part of a balanced diet. They’re an excellent source of protein, vitamins and… Continue reading Eggs: Simple tortilla cup recipe

Breastfeeding · Parenting

Breastfeeding in public

Many mothers are comfortable breastfeeding in public. But maybe that’s not you. If you feel anxious about breastfeeding in public these tips can help you: Get comfortable with breastfeeding your baby at home with your family and friends before you breastfeed in public. Wear comfortable clothes, a loose fitting top, or a breastfeeding top. Use a blanket… Continue reading Breastfeeding in public

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

Baby's First Year · Parenting

The importance of floor and tummy time

Put my baby on the floor?  Yes! Actually, putting baby on the floor and getting down to baby’s level for undistracted play time can: Increase your baby’s physical activity. Support your baby’s growth and development. Increase your baby’s confidence. Increase your baby’s physical activity Placing baby on the floor is the best way for baby… Continue reading The importance of floor and tummy time

Emotional Health · Parenting

Motherhood and scary thoughts: How are these connected?

“I’m just going to check on the baby one more time, I want to make sure he’s still breathing.”    “Wait!  Let me hold her, you may drop her if you don’t hold her tight enough.”  “What if the bathwater is too hot and I burn my baby?” Have you had thoughts like this about… Continue reading Motherhood and scary thoughts: How are these connected?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

10 Tips to give your immune system a boost

What can you do to prevent your family from getting sick this season? Stay healthy this season – try these 10 tips: Fill your plate with bright green, red, and orange veggies. Choose broccoli, red pepper, sweet potato, spinach, turnip greens, squash, kale, swish chard, and other dark leafy greens.  These are all packed with… Continue reading 10 Tips to give your immune system a boost

Nutrition · Parenting

Tips to foster healthy eating habits in children

As a dietitian, I often speak to parents about family meal times. Some things parents of young children worry about are when their children refuse to eat, play with their food, won’t eat vegetables, dislike or won’t try new foods, or only want one food. A way to help your children with these concerns is… Continue reading Tips to foster healthy eating habits in children