Pregnancy

Prenatal attachment: Tips to help connect with your baby

Are you an expectant parent? Want to learn more about how to connect with your baby during pregnancy? There are some activities that you and your partner/support person can do to help build a positive and healthy attachment with your baby. Prenatal attachment is the unique loving relationship that develops between a parent and their… Continue reading Prenatal attachment: Tips to help connect with your baby

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS

What if your reproductive plan is not to get pregnant right now? More than 50% of pregnancies in Canada are not planned.  With that in mind it is a good idea to make a reproductive life plan.  If your plan is to wait or space your pregnancies, then you might want to consider an effective… Continue reading Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS

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

Mental health support during pregnancy and after birth

As a Public Health Nurse, and mother myself, I will be the first to admit having a new baby arrive in the family can come with mixed emotions. With all the love and excitement babies bring, new parents can also feel stressed, anxious, exhausted, and sad. It’s often hard to know if your feelings are… Continue reading Mental health support during pregnancy and after birth

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

Baby's First Year · Pregnancy

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?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

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

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

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?

Pregnancy · Nutrition · Parenting

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?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

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