Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Baby’s brain development

Have you ever wondered about how your baby's brain develops?  Well, science tells us that the experiences we have in the first few years of our life affect how our brains get built and that this early brain development impacts our health later in life.  These impacts can be positive or negative.  But how does… Continue reading Baby’s brain development

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Food and Mood: What’s the connection?

Positive mental health is our ability to feel, think, and act in ways that allow us to enjoy life and deal with life's challenges. Our mental health is affected by many different things including our work-life balance, our relationships with others and our environments. Having a healthy eating pattern is one of many activities that… Continue reading Food and Mood: What’s the connection?

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 6 tips to eat well

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting for Muslims. Check out registered dietitian Christine DeSouza's tips to eat well during Ramadan. Fasting during Ramadan means no food or drink, not even water, between sunrise and sunset. Many Muslims stay up late into the night and may choose to rest during fasting hours. Ramadan… Continue reading Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 6 tips to eat well

Pregnancy

Pregnancy and COVID-19

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory infection; an infection that mainly affects your lungs. Those who have COVID-19 can have mild or severe symptoms such as fever, cough, muscle aches, tiredness or difficulty breathing. Research is underway, but at present there is no evidence that pregnant individuals are at higher risk of severe… Continue reading Pregnancy and COVID-19

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

New to Canada & having a baby? Support is available

Imagine moving to a new country, not speaking the language, not having family support, and having a new baby?   This is what many new Canadian families are experiencing in Toronto.   Every day we have new, young families moving to our city who are unfamiliar with the land, language, and resources available to them. Did you… Continue reading New to Canada & having a baby? Support is available

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Canada’s Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

Congratulations on your pregnancy! This can be a joyous yet overwhelming time for you. You are probably thinking about the many physical changes happening to your body and what's going to come next. Prenatal programs can help answer your questions. Prenatal programs can provide information on: labour and birth prenatal care and services how to… Continue reading Canada’s Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

Parenting · Pregnancy

Two things parents need to quit smoking

When I used to smoke, I felt ashamed. As a nurse, I knew better. My HBHC clients know it too. They agree when I say, "stopping smoking is the single best thing we can do for our health and our children's health." The challenge is to put our knowledge into action. Vaping is sometimes marketed… Continue reading Two things parents need to quit smoking

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Foods to support baby’s brain development

As a dietitian, I’m often asked by pregnant clients what foods they should eat to help their baby’s brain develop. The easy answer is to choose foods high in DHA, a type of omega-3 fat. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s important to get enough DHA. This healthy fat can be your infant’s best friend even… Continue reading Foods to support baby’s brain development

Parenting · Pregnancy

How to search online for health information

How often do you search online for questions about your health? Have you ever wondered: Is bleach safe to use while I'm pregnant? Can hot yoga affect my fertility? Am I going into labour? It is easy to find answers to questions online, but is it information you can trust? Learning how to find reliable… Continue reading How to search online for health information