Parenting · Pregnancy

Two things parents need to quit smoking

When I used to smoke, I felt ashamed. As a nurse, I knew better. My HBHC clients know it too. They agree when I say, "stopping smoking is the single best thing we can do for our health and our children's health." The challenge is to put our knowledge into action. Vaping is sometimes marketed… Continue reading Two things parents need to quit smoking

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Positioning of baby: A key to successful breastfeeding

Proper positioning of your baby is one of the keys to breastfeeding success. A good position can prevent many breastfeeding problems such as sore nipples and low breast milk supply. There are many different breastfeeding positions to try and some may work better for you depending on your baby's size, your breast size and shape… Continue reading Positioning of baby: A key to successful breastfeeding

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Foods to support baby’s brain development

As a dietitian, I’m often asked by pregnant clients what foods they should eat to help their baby’s brain develop. The easy answer is to choose foods high in DHA, a type of omega-3 fat. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s important to get enough DHA. This healthy fat can be your infant’s best friend even… Continue reading Foods to support baby’s brain development

Parenting · Pregnancy

How to search online for health information

How often do you search online for questions about your health? Have you ever wondered: Is bleach safe to use while I'm pregnant? Can hot yoga affect my fertility? Am I going into labour? It is easy to find answers to questions online, but is it information you can trust? Learning how to find reliable… Continue reading How to search online for health information

Baby's First Year

BabyTalkTO: Texts to support baby’s communication development

A common growth and development milestone many new parents and caregivers ask about is baby's communication. Many turn to the web to find out what to expect as baby grows. Knowing where to get reliable information is key to learning how to support baby's development. Communication starts from birth, with crying and eye contact, then… Continue reading BabyTalkTO: Texts to support baby’s communication development

Nutrition

Nutrition Month 2020: More than Food

March is national Nutrition Month. Building on Canada Food Guide's new release, this year's focus is "More Than Food". Healthy eating is more than just the foods we eat. Healthy eating habits play a role too. Let's take a look at the following healthy eating habits: Be mindful of your eating habits We eat every… Continue reading Nutrition Month 2020: More than Food

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Is eating fish during pregnancy safe?

This is a question I get asked by almost every client I see. The answer is yes but you need to know which fish are safe and which ones to have less of or avoid during pregnancy. What you need to know about fish: Fish are important foods to eat because they provide you and… Continue reading Is eating fish during pregnancy safe?

Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Coping with stress and anxiety during & after pregnancy

Some stress and anxiety is common during pregnancy. When either become more severe and start to affect your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, it's important to seek help.  The challenges or changes during and after pregnancy can increase the risk of stress and anxiety. 1 in 5 mothers experience anxiety and depression during pregnancy and postpartum.… Continue reading Coping with stress and anxiety during & after pregnancy

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