Pregnancy

How to manage back pain in pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of many physical changes to your body. Knowing what to expect and how to cope can help you have a healthy and comfortable pregnancy. One common complaint during pregnancy is backaches and pains. Many people in my prenatal program often complain of this especially as they get further along in their… Continue reading How to manage back pain in pregnancy

Parenting · Pregnancy

Sex during and after pregnancy: What’s your pleasure?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, there’s a good chance you are noticing romance in the air! But if you're pregnant or just had a baby, you might have questions about getting physical. I went straight to the experts to share some tips and information on sex and pleasure for pregnant people and/or new parents. Here’s Christina… Continue reading Sex during and after pregnancy: What’s your pleasure?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Immune-boosting Carrot Potato Pancakes

Did you know that carrots and potatoes are in season during Ontario's winter months? This combo provides many important nutrients during pregnancy such as Vitamin Aand protein, which keep your immune system in good condition. They're also a great source of fibre and iron. This recipe can be found on both Health Canada and Foodland Ontario websites. Carrot… Continue reading Immune-boosting Carrot Potato Pancakes

Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Let’s talk about mental health!

"Nobody told me it would be this hard; I feel like I'm in over my head". "Everyone I know seems so happy being a mom – why do I feel so overwhelmed?" Sound familiar? These are just some of the things I hear as a Public Health Nurse working with new parents. Pregnancy and parenthood… Continue reading Let’s talk about mental health!

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Intimate partner violence during pregnancy

What makes a healthy relationship?  Do words like respect, love, equality come to mind?  Well, this may not be the case for some people. Pregnancy can be a vulnerable time for intimate partner violence due to changes in physical, emotional, social and financial demands. Intimate partner violence (IPV) refers to physical, sexual, or emotional harm… Continue reading Intimate partner violence during pregnancy

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Sugar and Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes (GDM) can happen during pregnancy as hormone levels in your body change. When you are diagnosed with GDM, you may have heard that you cannot have sugar anymore. Some people that are pregnant with GDM may find that it's very hard to manage sugar intake from food and beverages, they may find it… Continue reading Sugar and Gestational Diabetes

Parenting · Pregnancy

Medication use when planning a pregnancy

Are you are planning to have a baby or maybe you're just thinking about it and wondering whether the medication you are taking is safe? This is especially important if you have a health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure  when it is necessary to take medication even when you become pregnant. Making… Continue reading Medication use when planning a pregnancy

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Top 4 winter nutrition tips

Winter is here and it may hang around for a little longer than we would like! Getting important nutrients from the foods you eat is one of the best ways to strengthen your immune system while helping your baby grow. Four tips to practice eating well this winter season: Eat vegetables and fruits: These will… Continue reading Top 4 winter nutrition tips

Pregnancy

Labour: What is it & where to learn more?

What is labour? And how do I know if I'm in labour? These are the two most common questions that I've been asked by pregnant individuals during the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP). Preparing for labour and birth is an important step during your pregnancy.  Prenatal education can help you and your support person make… Continue reading Labour: What is it & where to learn more?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Hearty Lentil, Tomato & Tofu Soup

Winter is here! Nothing beats the winter months like a warm bowl of homemade soup. One of the things I love about soups are the variety of flavours and textures they offer, from spicy to creamy and chunky ones. You can add or substitute meat or poultry with plant-based sources of protein like beans, lentils and… Continue reading Hearty Lentil, Tomato & Tofu Soup