Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Top 5 summer nutrition tips

Are you looking forward to the warm summer days just around the corner? Practice eating well this season with these 5 tips: Stay hydrated With the hot weather, outdoor activity, and loss of water through sweat, pregnant and breastfeeding individuals will need more fluids. Pregnant individuals should aim for 10-12 cups of fluid daily and… Continue reading Top 5 summer nutrition tips

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

Express yourself: Better communication after baby

After a baby, everything seems to be different; from sleeping patterns, to eating habits, and especially how communication happens. As a nurse who works with parents adjusting to life after baby, I've seen countless times how things can keep changing- the good and the not so good. Understanding yourself and getting the support that you… Continue reading Express yourself: Better communication after baby

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Eat green: Asparagus salad recipe

Spring is in the air, and this means it's asparagus season. Asparagus is a no fuss vegetable. It is quick and easy to prepare. The less you cook it the more flavorful and crisp it will be. Fresh Ontario asparagus is an excellent source of folate, which supports your expanding blood volume and growing baby… Continue reading Eat green: Asparagus salad recipe

Parenting · Pregnancy

Celebrating Pride: 2SLGBTQ+ Parenting Programs in Toronto

In celebrating Pride month we not only celebrate people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer), but also their families.  Here's Chi Ching Hui, a Sexual Health Promoter at Toronto Public Health, sharing 5 programs supporting families: In Toronto, there are many programs that support 2SLGBTQ+ families that focus on family needs… Continue reading Celebrating Pride: 2SLGBTQ+ Parenting Programs in Toronto

Nutrition · Pregnancy

5 Tips to become a mindful eater in pregnancy

The new Canada's food guide is encouraging us to be mindful of our current eating habits. This is something that I stress in my discussions with pregnant individuals because it has its benefits when it comes to adapting to pregnancy changes. What are the benefits of mindful eating in pregnancy? Mindful eating in pregnancy can… Continue reading 5 Tips to become a mindful eater in pregnancy

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Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program: A participant’s perspective

Connecting with other pregnant individuals is one of the main benefits of attending a prenatal program. So with this in mind, Public Health Nurse, Andrea Winzer, and nursing student, Michelle Aclan, spoke with Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) participant, Nadia Webster, to share her thoughts with you on how attending the program helped her during… Continue reading Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program: A participant’s perspective

Parenting · Pregnancy

Pregnancy spacing and birth control

If you've just had a baby and are not ready to have another baby so soon, consider using birth control to help you space your next pregnancy. When planning another pregnancy, it's best to wait at least 18 months to 5 years to have your next baby. Birth control is used to help prevent a… Continue reading Pregnancy spacing and birth control

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Vitamin A in pregnancy

A diet rich in vitamin A (including fortified foods and beverages) is recommended during pregnancy for the healthy development of your baby's skin, eyes and immune system. Food sources of vitamin A are found in most orange coloured vegetables (e.g., sweet potato, carrot, squash and pumpkin), some orange coloured fruits (e.g., cantaloupe, apricot and mango)… Continue reading Vitamin A in pregnancy

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Easy & healthy recipe: Spinach cottage cheese lasagna

Health Canada has recently released a newer version of Canada's Food Guide to help us make healthier choices. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you already know the importance of healthy eating for you and your baby. One new key message is one that encourages Canadians to cook more often. 5 benefits of cooking often:… Continue reading Easy & healthy recipe: Spinach cottage cheese lasagna

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

Maternal mental health matters!

What if I were to tell you there is a medical complication that affects 1 in 5 parents postpartum? That it affects fathers, too? And the biggest risk factor, is if you have already experienced it! The complication I'm referring to is perinatal mood disorders, more commonly known as depression and anxiety that can occur… Continue reading Maternal mental health matters!