The foods you eat help fuel your body with vitamins and minerals. During pregnancy your body is working hard to help your baby grow, therefore it needs additional protein and energy. Eating small frequent meals and snacks during the day will help achieve this goal. Protein and energy will help your baby grow, ensure you… Continue reading Energy bites: A no-bake healthy snack recipe
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Many new parents want to know if it is safe to breastfeed when they are pregnant. You may worry that breastfeeding will hurt your unborn baby and that it will interfere with your pregnancy. You may wonder will I have enough milk for my older child and can I breastfeed two… Continue reading Can I still breastfeed my baby while pregnant?
As a Public Health Dietitian working in the field for many years I make sure I keep up with all the new information about nutrition. Working with students is a perfect opportunity to reach this goal. Have a look at what Rim Mouhaffel has summarized after her 12 week nutrition care rotation with counselling pregnant… Continue reading 7 Tips to add fibre into your diet
Toronto Public Health offers pregnant individuals and their families a free online prenatal program. You can learn at your own pace from the comfort of wherever you choose. Why complete this free online prenatal program? There are 29 interactive classes that include video, audio, games and quizzes. Our prenatal program offers educational information and provides… Continue reading Online prenatal program: What’s it all about?
After a year of trying to get pregnant and not using birth control, my friend started to become a little concerned when she was not conceiving. After all, shouldn’t she have been pregnant already? When she went to see the doctor for a check-up, she was informed that she had a low thyroid level. 1… Continue reading Thyroid and fertility: What’s the connection?
Right now, there is a lot of locally grown fruits and vegetables available at our supermarkets such as broccoli, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes and peaches. Here’s Munira Shabber, a student with Ryerson University’s Internationally Educated Professionals in Nutrition program, to share what “eating local” means and a quick and easy recipe. For everyone, including pregnant… Continue reading Bruschetta: An easy snack using local foods
During pregnancy, we often take extra steps to protect our growing baby. Preparing food safely should be one of these steps. In pregnancy, our body’s ability to fight off bacteria changes and this increases our risk of getting food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness. Foodborne illnesses might not make us sick right away; sometimes… Continue reading Food safety in pregnancy
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
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
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?