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

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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?

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Make your own salad dressings

As dietitians we are often asked about easy ways to make quick, convenient, and healthy food choices. Making these choices can start from something as simple as your salad dressing. Zaynab Al-Nuaimi, our nutrition student, has a good idea about this. Purchasing store prepared dressing may seem more convenient, however, a homemade version can be… Continue reading Make your own salad dressings

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Unlock the potential of food!

Food plays an important in everyone’s life. Not only does it provide nutrients to our bodies and keep us healthy, it can: socially bring people together, mentally keep us focused and well, as well as prevent or help manage our health conditions such as diabetes, and high blood pressure. March 2019 is Nutrition Month and… Continue reading Unlock the potential of food!

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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Plastics and fertility: What’s the link?

We find plastic everywhere in our world and use different types of plastic in daily life.  Ever wonder if they have any effect on trying to have a child? Studies have shown that constant exposure over time and unsafe use of plastics may have negative health effects on you and your ability to get pregnant.… Continue reading Plastics and fertility: What’s the link?

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Are spicy foods okay in pregnancy? 3 ideas to flavour food

Can I eat spicy food while I am pregnant? The answer is, yes – if you can handle it! Heartburn is a common complaint in pregnancy that may occur when eating spicy foods. Heartburn may be a burning feeling in your throat or chest, or the feeling that food is caught in your chest. Despite… Continue reading Are spicy foods okay in pregnancy? 3 ideas to flavour food

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week 2019

“Sexual Health At All Ages” is the focus of this year’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week from February 11-15.  We are all sexual beings from birth until death, although our sexuality changes with us as we mature and grow. Our Sexual Health Nurse, Jennifer Katz, provides more details about what this week means. At… Continue reading Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week 2019

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Oral health during pregnancy

Recently my niece who is expecting her first baby asked me why her gums have become sensitive and bleed easily when brushing and flossing. If you are pregnant and experiencing similar problems, it might be related to the hormonal changes that occurr during pregnancy. These changes may make your gums more sensitive to the germs… Continue reading Oral health during pregnancy

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Top 5 non-perishable foods to stock up on for the winter

Time flies and winter is already here. Natural disasters—blizzards—often come with little to no warning. Grocery shopping will become more difficult or even impossible during a winter storm, especially for pregnant people. Stocking up now on the right non-perishable food items will help you reduce your stress. Non-perishable foods, also known as “shelf-stable” foods, are… Continue reading Top 5 non-perishable foods to stock up on for the winter