Parenting · Pregnancy

Pregnancy and alcohol: Do they mix?

September is FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) awareness month with September 9th designated as International FASD Awareness Day.  This day was started as a reminder that pregnancy and alcohol don't mix. Why pregnancy and alcohol don't mix: Alcohol can pass from the mother's blood into the baby's blood and affect the growth of the baby's… Continue reading Pregnancy and alcohol: Do they mix?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Giving birth in a new land

Being pregnant and giving birth in a new country can be exciting, stressful and scary at the same time. Prenatal care, birth practices, and traditions surrounding the birth of your baby can differ from country to country. Many individuals face challenges adjusting to their new country. For example, language barriers, employment, financial worries and lack… Continue reading Giving birth in a new land

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

Tips to help manage postpartum anxiety and depression

Mood struggles during pregnancy and after the birth of a baby are very common. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many challenges to families as well, and there has been an increased need for mental health support. There are many wellness strategies that can go a long way in battling back against the symptoms of… Continue reading Tips to help manage postpartum anxiety and depression

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Make your own frozen treats

Craving a homemade frozen treat? Keep reading. During these hot summer days, you might be looking for delicious frozen treats 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 Make your own frozen treats

Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

How to prepare for breastfeeding before or during pregnancy

Thinking about how you will feed your future baby may be the furthest thing from your mind.  After all, why would you think about feeding a baby if you don’t have a baby or aren't pregnant yet? Studies show that most parents decide how to feed their baby before they are pregnant.  Deciding early about… Continue reading How to prepare for breastfeeding before or during pregnancy

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Free online prenatal and parenting program

Looking for a free prenatal and parenting program you can access anywhere, anytime, 24/7? You may have many questions about your pregnancy, what to expect during labour and delivery, how to prepare for your baby's arrival and how to care for a baby. Now that many programs and services are cancelled or postponed due to… Continue reading Free online prenatal and parenting program

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Cinnamon-Ginger Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

Start your day on a sweet note! Ontario field strawberries are available yearly starting in May. Try them in this easy pancake recipe that offers a delicious twist on the usual pancakes and syrup. It pairs the warm flavours of cinnamon and ginger with a light, fruity strawberry sauce. It's a perfect way to energize… Continue reading Cinnamon-Ginger Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

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

World Maternal Mental Health Day

This year, May 5, 2021 is World Maternal Mental Health Day.  It is a day to raise awareness of perinatal mood disorders. 1 in 5 women experience anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy or post-partum. It is one of the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth yet it is often unnoticed and untreated. The COVID-19… Continue reading World Maternal Mental Health Day

Breastfeeding · Pregnancy

COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding

As of April 23, all pregnant individuals in Ontario are eligible to register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments. It is free and available to all eligible residents. An OHIP card is not required to get the vaccine. Many have been asking questions about the vaccine and whether it is safe to be vaccinated when planning a… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding