Emotional Health · Pregnancy

How to manage stress in pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of change and feeling stressed is very common. Sometimes when stress builds over a long period of time and you start to feel like you have little control over these feelings, you may be experiencing chronic stress.  Learning how to deal with everyday stressors can help. Chronic stress may cause immediate… Continue reading How to manage stress in pregnancy

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Can fathers get depressed after their new baby arrives?

Becoming a parent can be an exciting time, but it can also be a time which brings stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and more. Many people may have heard about 'Maternal Mental Health', but did you know dads can get depression and anxiety as well after a new baby arrives? Paternal Depression and Anxiety (postpartum… Continue reading Can fathers get depressed after their new baby arrives?

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 · 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

Emotional Health · Parenting

Does having a postpartum mood disorder affect my child?

Ever wonder if babies and older children know their parent is feeling depressed or anxious? Having a postpartum mood disorder affects not only one parent, but the whole family. Children are able to notice when a parent is acting differently by picking up on changes in routine and everyday behavior. These changes could be: looking… Continue reading Does having a postpartum mood disorder affect my child?

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Feeling sad or stressed? Find out where to get support in Toronto

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

Emotional Health · Parenting

Depression and anxiety in fathers

Becoming a father is a big life change, there are many things to learn and adjust to in your new role.  Along with all the excitement and joy of having a baby, fatherhood may also bring sleepless nights, lack of routine, and unexpected stress between you and your partner. When everyone's focus is on baby… Continue reading Depression and anxiety in fathers

Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Recognize and support maternal mental health

Every year during the first week of May we recognize Mental Health Week in Canada.  This week is meant to help the public learn, share, and promote the important issue of mental health. May 2 is World Maternal Mental Health Day On this day, organizations from around the world are making efforts to recognize and promote… Continue reading Recognize and support maternal mental health

Emotional Health · Parenting

Motherhood and scary thoughts: How are these connected?

"I'm just going to check on the baby one more time, I want to make sure he's still breathing."    "Wait!  Let me hold her, you may drop her if you don’t hold her tight enough."  "What if the bathwater is too hot and I burn my baby?" Have you had thoughts like this about… Continue reading Motherhood and scary thoughts: How are these connected?

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Pregnancy

4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

It is normal to have mood changes in the days and first weeks following the birth of your baby. Remember…this does not mean that you have or will have postpartum depression or anxiety (PPD/A). Here's the 4 differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression? 1. How common are baby blues? Baby Blues - Occurs in… Continue reading 4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression