Is it time to eat for two? ‘Congratulations! You get to eat for two now!’ is a phrase you may hear when you announce you’re pregnant. Some may think this is the chance for us to eat more of the foods we love, or not worry as much about the foods we’re choosing. However, eating… Continue reading 7 tips to eat twice as healthy during pregnancy
As a nurse, many parents express concerns like “My baby seems to be sucking at the breast but I am not sure if he is actually drinking my breast milk”. Often clients show up at the breastfeeding clinic asking for advice about what a good breastfeeding looks like. A good breastfeeding can look very different… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Signs that your baby is swallowing breast milk effectively
February is heart month, which is a good time to talk about healthy fats during pregnancy. I often find people think that they should avoid fat…have a look at what Vanessa Pietrantonio, our nutrition student has summarized based on the current evidence. Why is eating fat important? Eating fat is an important part of pregnancy.… Continue reading What about fats during pregnancy?
Many parents often ask me if they are feeding their young children the right amount of food. They also have concerns about how their children are growing, often comparing their children to those around them. Children’s growth patterns are different, children of the same age will vary in height and weight, and grow at different… Continue reading Am I feeding my young child enough?
I’m 34 weeks pregnant, and things have been going along smoothly with the pregnancy, until today. I’ve been having more vaginal discharge than usual, and I’m feeling quite crampy. I think something is wrong. Could I be experiencing preterm labour? What is Preterm Labour? Typically, labour occurs between the 37th and 42nd week of pregnancy.… Continue reading Preterm Labour- Can it happen to me?
Is this the year that you’ve decided to have a baby? If you’ve answered “Yes!” then it’s a good idea to start planning now to ensure that you and your partner are as healthy as possible. Moderate exercise may help to improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy & baby. To get started, think… Continue reading Why be physically active if planning a pregnancy?
Add some yellow in your soup! In the last 3 months of pregnancy you will need to boost the protein in your food to keep up with your baby’s growth. Adding dried peas in soups is a great way to go especially if you are feeling sick of meat. It is also a way of… Continue reading Boost your protein and fibre with yellow split pea soup
I wear a few hats; public health nurse, mother, and grandmother just to name a few. Having two young granddaughters, enables me to look at parenting from a different or outside lens. And what I can see is that parents today seem to be overwhelmed with decisions and choices. There are so many prevailing attitudes… Continue reading Feeling overwhelmed by parenting choices and decisions? Tips to help.
You don’t need animal protein to have a healthy pregnancy. But you do need to plan your meals carefully to make sure you and your baby get all the nutrients you need. It is important to replace meat and fish with nutritious alternatives like eggs, soy, legumes, nuts and seeds Tofu is an excellent choice… Continue reading Tofu recipe: A great alternative for meat/fish.
Maria moved to Toronto six months ago. She is a new mother of a two month old baby girl. She and her husband are feeling the stress of a new country, a new baby, and no family to help. Maria speaks little English and isn’t sure where or how to get help from her new… Continue reading New to Canada? Just had a baby and feeling lost and alone?