Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Feeling sad or stressed? Find out where to get support in Toronto

This may be your first pregnancy, or your fourth baby – depression and anxiety can happened to anyone.  Many new parents who are struggling don’t get the help they need…some because they are ashamed and feel they should be enjoying their pregnancy or new baby, and some because they just don’t know where to start… Continue reading Feeling sad or stressed? Find out where to get support in Toronto

Pregnancy

Health risks of cannabis use during pregnancy

The government of Canada legalized cannabis on Oct 17, 2018. Does this mean that it’s safe to use cannabis during pregnancy? Some people have reported that using cannabis during pregnancy helps to manage morning sickness. However, due to the potential risks to the pregnancy, unborn baby and mother, safer approaches should be discussed with a health… Continue reading Health risks of cannabis use during pregnancy

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Why do you need more iron during pregnancy?

My job is to counsel pregnant individuals for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. One of the most common concerns that I see in 90% of my clients is the struggle with low iron levels. Many share that they feel tired, weak, have difficulty concentrating, feel lightheaded, have cold hands/feet or suffer headaches. And… Continue reading Why do you need more iron during pregnancy?

Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

In Canada, Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually on October 1-7th to promote the importance of breastfeeding. The slogan this year is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. Breastfeeding provides the foundation for good health for mothers and babies. Here’s how: Helping the Environment No waste No utilities required No emissions from transport trucks Sustainable Natural source of… Continue reading Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Parenting · Pregnancy

How long should I wait to have another baby?

Have you already had a child and you’re ready to have another baby?  Even if you’re just thinking about it, spacing your pregnancies is a good idea.  Just how long should you wait before trying again? If you are planning a subsequent pregnancy, it’s best to wait & try again within 18 months to 5… Continue reading How long should I wait to have another baby?

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Fertility treatment and your mental health

If you or someone you know is being supported at a fertility clinic or considering it due to challenges conceiving, it’s important to be aware of the impact it can have on your mood and well-being.  Why? Going through fertility treatments can really change your life – daily appointments that may conflict with your usual… Continue reading Fertility treatment and your mental health

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Top 5 tips for following a Vegan diet during pregnancy & breastfeeding

Following a vegan diet has become more popular among pregnant & breastfeeding individuals. Have a look at what Cristina Benea, Master of Public Health student, has summarized for this blog. What is a vegan diet? A vegan diet is a type of vegetarian diet that only includes vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. A… Continue reading Top 5 tips for following a Vegan diet during pregnancy & breastfeeding

Parenting · Pregnancy

FASD: What is it?

“I know that it’s not good to drink during pregnancy, but will one small drink hurt my baby?” This is one of the most common questions that I’m asked as a Public Health Nurse. September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) month and September 9th has been designated as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness… Continue reading FASD: What is it?

Pregnancy

I am new to Canada – what do I need to know about having a baby here?

Moving to a new country can be both exciting and stressful. Prenatal care, birth practices and laws around the birth of a baby differ from country to country. Health care in Canada may be different compared to the country you are from. What do I need to know about having a baby in Canada? Choose… Continue reading I am new to Canada – what do I need to know about having a baby here?