Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Taco Salad: A quick and balanced dinner

There are days I come home tired but as a parent, still need to think of a healthy dinner to prepare for myself and my family.  This is my 'go-to' quick, nutritious, no-cook meal that is ready in under 30 minutes. I use this salad as my protein filling, but also have chopped lettuce, tomatoes,… Continue reading Taco Salad: A quick and balanced dinner

Pregnancy

Choosing a Health Care Provider

Congratulations, you are pregnant! As an expectant parent, one of the many decisions you will make is choosing a healthcare provider to support you through pregnancy, childbirth and after baby is born. Ideally, prenatal care should begin as early as possible during pregnancy; however seeking prenatal care at any stage of pregnancy can improve health… Continue reading Choosing a Health Care Provider

Parenting · Pregnancy

How can heat affect fertility or pregnancy?

I've had many parents ask me about whether it is safe to practice hot yoga or use hot tubs when pregnant or trying to get pregnant. You've probably heard about the effects of extreme heat on the body such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but extreme heat can also affect your chances of getting… Continue reading How can heat affect fertility or pregnancy?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Pesticide safety during pregnancy

In the summer, there may be more pests, weeds or fungi in your living spaces. If you choose to use pesticides in or around your home, it is important to use them responsibly and safely.  Here are a few tips I share with participants at our prenatal programs, to help protect expectant parents and their… Continue reading Pesticide safety during pregnancy

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Chat live with a Public Health Nurse

Let's face it, life can be extremely hectic and it's not always convenient to talk on the phone!  Waiting to speak to the right person can seem like hours, particularly when you are trying to manage several tasks at the same time! Being a parent and juggling the demands of work/school and family, I know… Continue reading Chat live with a Public Health Nurse

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

How to manage stress in pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of change and feeling stressed is very common. Sometimes when stress builds over a long period of time and you start to feel like you have little control over these feelings, you may be experiencing chronic stress.  Learning how to deal with everyday stressors can help. Chronic stress may cause immediate… Continue reading How to manage stress in pregnancy

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Ways to increase your fluid intake during pregnancy

It is so important to stay hydrated when you’re pregnant.  Canada's Food Guide recommends we make water our drink of choice and Toronto's tap water is safe to drink and free! Drinking enough fluids will help: decrease constipation control swelling in pregnancy control your body temperature support the transport of nutrients to and waste from… Continue reading Ways to increase your fluid intake during pregnancy

Parenting · Pregnancy

Health conditions & planning a pregnancy

If you're trying to have a baby or are just thinking about it, it's never too early to start getting ready.  Whether you are living with a health condition, or trying to prevent one - it's important to take this time to talk with your health care provider. To help improve your health care experience,… Continue reading Health conditions & planning a pregnancy

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 ways to add summer squash to your meals

Tired of potato salad this summer….why not try summer squash! Some of the benefits of adding summer squash to your BBQ list: more potassium vitamin C fibre helps you stay hydrated In Ontario, summer squash are available from late spring to early fall, and come in green or yellow colours. If you are still wondering… Continue reading 5 ways to add summer squash to your meals

Parenting · Pregnancy

Healthy relationships during pregnancy

Whether this is your first or third baby, pregnancy is a start of a new chapter in your life. Throughout pregnancy a number of changes happen to your body and in your family life. For some, these changes take place smoothly, for others it may need a few adjustments. Having the support from someone that… Continue reading Healthy relationships during pregnancy