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!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Parenting: Keeping it simple

Ever feel like you have lost yourself since becoming a parent? Being constantly surrounded by a baby or a toddler, but sometimes feeling lonely? Where did time for “me” go? Parenting is like being in a constant tug of war. Wondering when the baby will need you less? At the same time, standing over the… Continue reading Parenting: Keeping it simple

Parenting · Pregnancy

Oral Health before Pregnancy

Did you know that healthy teeth and gums affects your overall health and well-being?  This is especially true if you are pregnant as gum problems can increase the risk of having a pre-term or low birth weight baby.  Affected babies are also at a higher risk of having asthma, ear infections, and developmental issues. If… Continue reading Oral Health before Pregnancy

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Canada’s new food guide: 3 Tips to help in pregnancy

“Healthy Eating is more than the foods you eat” is the main messages of the new Canadian food guide that was unveiled earlier this year. In pregnancy, this is very important because many external factors influence how and what you are able to eat. As the new guide points out, paying close attention to your… Continue reading Canada’s new food guide: 3 Tips to help in pregnancy

Pregnancy

How do I cope with body changes during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, your body is changing quickly over a short period of time. This can be exciting for some and challenging for others. If you’re struggling to accept these body changes, just know that you’re not alone. It may be easier for expectant parents to accept their body’s changes when they focus on how their… Continue reading How do I cope with body changes during pregnancy?

Pregnancy

Prenatal attachment: Tips to help connect with your baby

Are you an expectant parent? Want to learn more about how to connect with your baby during pregnancy? There are some activities that you and your partner/support person can do to help build a positive and healthy attachment with your baby. Prenatal attachment is the unique loving relationship that develops between a parent and their… Continue reading Prenatal attachment: Tips to help connect with your baby

Parenting

Children’s health & diesel emissions: What’s the link?

It’s Healthy Schools Day on April 4th and Olanna Barnett, one of our Health Policy Specialists, shares a message about children’s health and their environment: This year’s Healthy Schools Day focus is on diesel emissions. Diesel buses have long been and still are a main mode of transportation for getting children to and from school.… Continue reading Children’s health & diesel emissions: What’s the link?

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS

What if your reproductive plan is not to get pregnant right now? More than 50% of pregnancies in Canada are not planned.  With that in mind it is a good idea to make a reproductive life plan.  If your plan is to wait or space your pregnancies, then you might want to consider an effective… Continue reading Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS

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

Mental health support during pregnancy and after birth

As a Public Health Nurse, and mother myself, I will be the first to admit having a new baby arrive in the family can come with mixed emotions. With all the love and excitement babies bring, new parents can also feel stressed, anxious, exhausted, and sad. It’s often hard to know if your feelings are… Continue reading Mental health support during pregnancy and after birth