Pregnancy

Physical Activity During Pregnancy

Are you pregnant? Not sure whether to start or to continue being physically active during your pregnancy?  Well, you are not alone. As a public health nurse working with expectant mothers, I have frequently been asked about the safety of being physically active during pregnancy. Benefits:  improves muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness promotes appropriate weight… Continue reading Physical Activity During Pregnancy

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Does what you eat affect how you feel?

After your little one has arrived it can be hard to find the time to go to the bathroom, let alone cook! Let’s get creative with ways to feed ourselves. 5 Tips to use food to help stabilize your mood: Eat every 3-4 hours This is necessary because our brain NEEDS energy to function properly.… Continue reading Does what you eat affect how you feel?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

10 ways to eat vegetables and fruits daily

My mom was always telling me to eat my fruits and veggies to stay healthy. She was right.  Read on for 10 suggestions to eat health-promoting vegetables and fruits: How can you eat veggies and fruits daily? Have a fruit at breakfast  You can add your favourite fruit like melons, oranges, or strawberries to your plate beside… Continue reading 10 ways to eat vegetables and fruits daily

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Never leave a child unattended in a car: Look before you lock!

It’s a beautiful summer’s day and your errand list is endless. You are rushing and you have a lot on your mind. Your child is quietly sleeping in their car seat. You exit the vehicle, taking your valuables, and note where you parked. Did you remember to check the backseat? Every year in Canada, children… Continue reading Never leave a child unattended in a car: Look before you lock!

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Do I need to avoid foods that cause allergies when I’m pregnant?

The answer is no. The only time you need to avoid any common food allergens is if you have a known food allergy. Health Canada identifies the following 11 foods as common allergens: Eggs Milk Mustard Peanuts Crustaceans Fish Molluscs Soy Sulphites Wheat Tree Nuts Sesame Seeds It’s common in pregnancy to develop an intolerance… Continue reading Do I need to avoid foods that cause allergies when I’m pregnant?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Having a difficult time getting pregnant? You are not alone.

After becoming a couple in 2012, Peter* and Pooja* had their life planned out for the next few years, including  having their first baby in 2 years after buying their new home.  As soon as she missed her period Pooja became very focussed about buying ovulation kits and completing pregnancy tests, only to find out… Continue reading Having a difficult time getting pregnant? You are not alone.

Pregnancy

6 tips to help you get more sleep in pregnancy

I remember in my last weeks of pregnancy I had a difficult time sleeping.  No matter what I did, I could not find a comfortable position.  I would toss and turn from side to side and re-position my pillows constantly in hopes of a getting a good night’s rest. If you’re pregnant, it’s recommended that… Continue reading 6 tips to help you get more sleep in pregnancy

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant? Get the facts on calcium!

The topic of calcium comes up often as a question when I am counselling expectant parents or teaching group classes. Most people are aware that it is important to get calcium for strong bones and teeth. But did you know that calcium also plays an important role in maintaining healthy heartbeat, normal blood pressure, healthy… Continue reading Pregnant? Get the facts on calcium!

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant and want to know how and what to eat? Attend a CPNP

A CPNP or a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, is a national prenatal program available to pregnant individuals and families who qualify. In Toronto, there are over 30 programs that run across the City each week. I work with a team of Registered Dietitians and Nurses to support pregnant families that attend these programs in making… Continue reading Pregnant and want to know how and what to eat? Attend a CPNP

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Have more veggies and fruit daily to enjoy better health!

They say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’.  They were right.  But, how many veggies and fruits a day? It is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women eat about 7-9 servings of vegetables and fruits a day, where one serving of vegetables is about ½ cup, and one serving of fruit is about… Continue reading Have more veggies and fruit daily to enjoy better health!