Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Quick and easy holiday treats

The holiday season brings me back to some fond childhood memories. The smell of delicious goodies baking in the kitchen and the feeling of joy while eating them.   For me the kitchen is the heart of a home. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend all your time there. During the holidays you want… Continue reading Quick and easy holiday treats

Parenting · Pregnancy

Is marijuana use safe when pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

New Canadian laws will be coming into effect in 2018 to legalize the use of marijuana. But just because marijuana is being legalized, does it mean it is safe to use in pregnancy or when planning a pregnancy? What is marijuana? Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant and contains over 700 chemicals.  Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is… Continue reading Is marijuana use safe when pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Hearty beef chili recipe for the whole family

This nutrient-rich beef chili recipe is wholesome, easy to make, colourful, and can warm you up on a chilly day! Make a pot on the weekend and pack some lunches during the week, or have for dinner after a long day at work. Enjoy this nutritious, healthy, easy to make chili recipe! Get your kids… Continue reading Hearty beef chili recipe for the whole family

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Great gifts for babies and toddlers

My favorite gift for a baby or toddler is a book.  Even though my kids are teens now, I still have some of their favorite books from those early days.  Those books have been enjoyed so many times they feel like part of the family! But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!!… Continue reading Great gifts for babies and toddlers

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

How to stay hydrated during the cooler months

The heat has long left us behind and now the thought of a warm drink is comforting during the cooler months. Cold temperatures make it hard to remember to drink and keep up with fluid needs in pregnancy. Although we sweat more in the summer we still have the same needs in the winter. Consider these… Continue reading How to stay hydrated during the cooler months

Pregnancy

Is it normal to have vaginal discharge during pregnancy?

“What was THAT?! Discharge? Did I just pee myself? Is it supposed to smell like that?!” Pregnancy comes with many changes in the body and one of the not-so-fun changes is increase in vaginal discharge. As a nurse, I am often asked by pregnant clients if an increase in vaginal discharge is normal during pregnancy… Continue reading Is it normal to have vaginal discharge during pregnancy?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

6 ways to eat well with Gestational Diabetes

You are 24-28 weeks pregnant and you just got your sugar checked.  Your doctor tells you that you have Gestational Diabetes (GDM).  This means high sugars in your blood, during your pregnancy.  It is normal for this to happen in pregnancy.  It happens to some pregnant parents but not everyone. It’s possible to have healthy… Continue reading 6 ways to eat well with Gestational Diabetes

Parenting · Pregnancy

Delaying parenthood:  Does age really matter?

A friend of mine recently mentioned that he and his wife of 4 years have talked about when they should start having a family.  His wife’s 29th birthday was just around the corner and he was now 37 years old.  They intentionally delayed having to make this decision since they had started new jobs and… Continue reading Delaying parenthood:  Does age really matter?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Worried about BPA in your food? 5 Tips to reduce exposure.

As a registered dietitian, I facilitate workshops for pregnant women at two of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Programs (CPNPs) in Toronto. A common question I am asked is if plastic can be placed in the microwave to warm up food or drinks. We, at Toronto Public Health (TPH), recommend that plastic not be used in… Continue reading Worried about BPA in your food? 5 Tips to reduce exposure.

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

What I need to know if I’m diabetic & planning to have a baby

During prenatal class, one of my moms shared her story of being diabetic and how this affected her ability to get pregnant.  She expressed that if only she had known about the effects of her diabetes, maybe she would’ve had an easier time getting pregnant.  Although it’s true that diabetes can affect your fertility, knowing… Continue reading What I need to know if I’m diabetic & planning to have a baby