My job is to counsel pregnant individuals for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. One of the most common concerns that I see in 90% of my clients is the struggle with low iron levels. Many share that they feel tired, weak, have difficulty concentrating, feel lightheaded, have cold hands/feet or suffer headaches. And… Continue reading Why do you need more iron during pregnancy?
Following a vegan diet has become more popular among pregnant & breastfeeding individuals. Have a look at what Cristina Benea, Master of Public Health student, has summarized for this blog. What is a vegan diet? A vegan diet is a type of vegetarian diet that only includes vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. A… Continue reading Top 5 tips for following a Vegan diet during pregnancy & breastfeeding
Although we try to improve our eating habits during pregnancy, pregnancy itself can bring on changes that can affect our appetite. So I often get asked, "Do I have to take any supplements during pregnancy?" The short answer is yes. Health Canada recommends that all pregnant individuals take a multivitamin daily that contains 0.4mg of… Continue reading Should I take a vitamin/mineral supplement during pregnancy?
Did you know that a pregnant women needs about 50% more iron in her diet than when she’s not pregnant? It's true! During pregnancy, you'll need this extra iron because you're making more blood to help deliver nutrition and oxygen to your baby. You're also building your baby’s iron stores for the first six months… Continue reading 6 easy ways to get more vitamin C and iron during pregnancy
How Getting More Iron in Your Diet Can Help You Feel Energized Since finding out that you are pregnant you may be feeling more tired than usual. Even though it’s normal to feel tired during pregnancy, if your iron levels are low, you can feel even more tired. Iron plays an important role in carrying oxygen to… Continue reading Pregnant and Tired? 5 tips to get more iron for your body
This recipe is high in Iron, Vitamin C and Vitamin A -- important nutrients for mom-to-be. This taco salad recipe is a great way to dress up a boring salad and turn it into a main meal. The beef, beans and spinach in this recipe are good sources of iron. Iron helps carry oxygen throughout… Continue reading Easy taco salad recipe
Tips to make taking a multivitamin easier! As a dietitian who counsels pregnant moms, I often hear from clients that they can’t take a prenatal vitamin because it makes them throw up. At Toronto Public Health, we recommend that pregnant women take a prenatal vitamin every day as the nutrients in the vitamin help you… Continue reading Pregnant and can’t keep your multivitamin down?
If you're pregnant, you've likely been told to take a prenatal multivitamin. I know that not all pregnant people I meet take one because they aren't sure why they should. Here's why: 1) It helps you and your baby get the extra vitamins or nutrients you need Healthy eating is important to help you and your baby… Continue reading 3 reasons to take a multivitamin when you’re pregnant
A Healthy Homemade Recipe for Granola Have you ever read the ingredient list on a box or bag of store-bought granola? What is "acacia gum" and why is it in granola? When you make homemade granola, you can focus on healthy, natural ingredients –good for both you and your baby. My recipe has eight ingredients only and… Continue reading Do you know what’s in your granola?