Baby's First Year · Pregnancy

Placentophagy: What is it?

Eating one's placenta after birth may be surprising for some people, and for others this information may not be new. It is not a common practice; however, the practice appears to be increasing and Health Canada has recently issued a statement regarding the consumption of human placenta and the potential health risk. The placenta is… Continue reading Placentophagy: What is it?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

10 ways to eat vegetables and fruits daily

My mom was always telling me to eat my fruits and veggies to stay healthy. She was right.  Read on for 10 suggestions to eat health-promoting vegetables and fruits: How can you eat veggies and fruits daily? Have a fruit at breakfast  You can add your favourite fruit like melons, oranges, or strawberries to your plate beside… Continue reading 10 ways to eat vegetables and fruits daily

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant? Get the facts on calcium!

The topic of calcium comes up often as a question when I am counselling expectant parents or teaching group classes. Most people are aware that it is important to get calcium for strong bones and teeth. But did you know that calcium also plays an important role in maintaining healthy heartbeat, normal blood pressure, healthy… Continue reading Pregnant? Get the facts on calcium!

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Have more veggies and fruit daily to enjoy better health!

They say 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'.  They were right.  But, how many veggies and fruits a day? It is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women eat about 7-9 servings of vegetables and fruits a day, where one serving of vegetables is about ½ cup, and one serving of fruit is about… Continue reading Have more veggies and fruit daily to enjoy better health!

Parenting · Pregnancy

Planning a pregnancy:  What’s a family health history all about?

Are you thinking about having a baby?  It's important to have a family health history completed at your next visit with your health care provider (HCP).  What does this mean and why is it important? Learning about your family’s health history before you get pregnant will give you more time to address any concerns and… Continue reading Planning a pregnancy:  What’s a family health history all about?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Worried about BPA in your food? 5 Tips to reduce exposure.

As a registered dietitian, I facilitate workshops for pregnant women at two of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Programs (CPNPs) in Toronto. A common question I am asked is if plastic can be placed in the microwave to warm up food or drinks. We, at Toronto Public Health (TPH), recommend that plastic not be used in… Continue reading Worried about BPA in your food? 5 Tips to reduce exposure.