Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Easy & healthy recipe: Spinach cottage cheese lasagna

Health Canada has recently released a newer version of Canada’s Food Guide to help us make healthier choices. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you already know the importance of healthy eating for you and your baby. One new key message is one that encourages Canadians to cook more often. 5 benefits of cooking often:… Continue reading Easy & healthy recipe: Spinach cottage cheese lasagna

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

Can breastfeeding help with immunization pain?

Vaccines are a routine part of your baby’s childhood. They help to keep your baby healthy by protecting your baby against serious infections. However, vaccinations maybe painful and cause stress to your baby. Breastfeeding during vaccination is safe for babies even newborns. Research has shown that breastfeeding during your baby’s injections can decrease their pain… Continue reading Can breastfeeding help with immunization pain?

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Maternal mental health matters!

What if I were to tell you there is a medical complication that affects 1 in 5 parents postpartum? That it affects fathers, too? And the biggest risk factor, is if you have already experienced it! The complication I’m referring to is perinatal mood disorders, more commonly known as depression and anxiety that can occur… Continue reading Maternal mental health matters!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Parenting: Keeping it simple

Ever feel like you have lost yourself since becoming a parent? Being constantly surrounded by a baby or a toddler, but sometimes feeling lonely? Where did time for “me” go? Parenting is like being in a constant tug of war. Wondering when the baby will need you less? At the same time, standing over the… Continue reading Parenting: Keeping it simple

Parenting · Pregnancy

Oral Health before Pregnancy

Did you know that healthy teeth and gums affects your overall health and well-being?  This is especially true if you are pregnant as gum problems can increase the risk of having a pre-term or low birth weight baby.  Affected babies are also at a higher risk of having asthma, ear infections, and developmental issues. If… Continue reading Oral Health before Pregnancy

Parenting

Children’s health & diesel emissions: What’s the link?

It’s Healthy Schools Day on April 4th and Olanna Barnett, one of our Health Policy Specialists, shares a message about children’s health and their environment: This year’s Healthy Schools Day focus is on diesel emissions. Diesel buses have long been and still are a main mode of transportation for getting children to and from school.… Continue reading Children’s health & diesel emissions: What’s the link?

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS

What if your reproductive plan is not to get pregnant right now? More than 50% of pregnancies in Canada are not planned.  With that in mind it is a good idea to make a reproductive life plan.  If your plan is to wait or space your pregnancies, then you might want to consider an effective… Continue reading Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Mental health support during pregnancy and after birth

As a Public Health Nurse, and mother myself, I will be the first to admit having a new baby arrive in the family can come with mixed emotions. With all the love and excitement babies bring, new parents can also feel stressed, anxious, exhausted, and sad. It’s often hard to know if your feelings are… Continue reading Mental health support during pregnancy and after birth

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

What to eat when trying to get pregnant

Have you heard of the expression, “You are what you eat”? Now, what does it really mean? To put it simply, it means your body gets the nutrients it needs from the foods that you eat.  In order to get all these nutrients to stay healthy, we need to eat a variety of foods.  This… Continue reading What to eat when trying to get pregnant

Nutrition · Parenting

Build healthy eating habits for your little one

Imagine the last meal you had with a friend – there was good conversation, eye contact and maybe even a few laughs.  No one was stressed about how much the other person ate.  Everyone was relaxed and enjoying sharing the time together.  Isn’t this what we want for our families too? Build healthy eating habits… Continue reading Build healthy eating habits for your little one