Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Convenience foods: How to make them healthy

Many of my clients express that they are constantly thinking of what their next meal or snack will be but time to prepare a “healthy” meal is minimal.  In an ideal world, we would all have time to buy ingredients from farmers markets and make all our meals from scratch. However the reality is, time… Continue reading Convenience foods: How to make them healthy

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Easy homemade frozen treats

Craving a homemade frozen treat? Keep reading. During these hot summer days, you are probably looking for delicious frozen delights to enjoy. No fancy ice cream maker? Not a problem.  There are plenty of options that you can make at home that do not require appliances or lengthy preparation. Fruity popsicles, frozen milkshakes and even… Continue reading Easy homemade frozen treats

Pregnancy

4 Tips to help make an informed decision in labour and birth

Allowing the body to labour naturally is what’s most healthy, safe and desirable for you and your baby. Medical interventions are meant to be used only when complications happen in the labour and birth process. Being aware of your choices, the benefits, risks and alternative methods that can be used in labour and birth is… Continue reading 4 Tips to help make an informed decision in labour and birth

Nutrition · Pregnancy

7 tips to reach a healthy weight after pregnancy

Congratulations – You just had a baby!  You did well gaining the recommended amount of weight in pregnancy.  But now that baby is born, it may be time to lose the extra weight. Being at a healthy weight is important for health.  It is recommended to have gradual weight loss by eating a variety of… Continue reading 7 tips to reach a healthy weight after pregnancy

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Why do I need folate in pregnancy?

Folate is a vitamin important for cells to grow and divide in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when the fetus is being developed. It is also important for the rest of your pregnancy as it helps produce extra blood and helps the baby to grow. Our pregnant body needs 600mcg of folate daily. 50%… Continue reading Why do I need folate in pregnancy?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Can stress affect my ability to get pregnant?

When planning a pregnancy, how many times have you heard from family and friends to “just relax, you’re trying too hard.”   It turns out that there is some truth to this old saying.  With the pressures and busyness of our everyday lives – stress is unavoidable.  We now know that managing stress may help improve… Continue reading Can stress affect my ability to get pregnant?

Pregnancy

Birth Plans: What, when and how to create one

In one of our group prenatal programs, someone asked “How can I plan for the birth of my baby”? It sparked a conversation about what a birth plan is, when to write it and how to create one. Here are some ideas to help you create your own plan: What? What kind of birth you… Continue reading Birth Plans: What, when and how to create one

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Depression during pregnancy – it’s real…get help!

Susan struggled with her mood during pregnancy.  When she first felt herself slipping during the fourth month, she reached for her ‘bag of feel good tricks’.  She posted cheerful photos on Facebook, went for walks outside, cooked dinner, and drank kale smoothies. None of it helped. Although Susan’s husband adored her and was a terrific… Continue reading Depression during pregnancy – it’s real…get help!

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?