Parenting · Pregnancy

Zika virus: Planning a pregnancy & travelling

When my best friend recently shared with me that she and her partner were planning to start a family, I couldn't be happier.  This exciting news took a turn when she told me they were travelling to their dream destination spot in South America.  Alarm bells went off in my head as I asked if… Continue reading Zika virus: Planning a pregnancy & travelling

Parenting · Pregnancy

Is there a right time to have a baby?

Has your mom told you she's ready for grandkids? Grandma says you need to start having babies before you're too old?  Is your partner either super interested or unimpressed with the whole idea? Is it too early or late to get pregnant? Irida, a current nursing student walks us through the meaning of "the right… Continue reading Is there a right time to have a baby?

Parenting · Pregnancy

How can heat affect fertility or pregnancy?

I've had many parents ask me about whether it is safe to practice hot yoga or use hot tubs when pregnant or trying to get pregnant. You've probably heard about the effects of extreme heat on the body such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but extreme heat can also affect your chances of getting… Continue reading How can heat affect fertility or pregnancy?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Health conditions & planning a pregnancy

If you're trying to have a baby or are just thinking about it, it's never too early to start getting ready.  Whether you are living with a health condition, or trying to prevent one - it's important to take this time to talk with your health care provider. To help improve your health care experience,… Continue reading Health conditions & planning a pregnancy

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

What to eat when trying to get pregnant

Have you heard of the expression, "You are what you eat"? Now, what does it really mean? To put it simply, it means your body gets the nutrients it needs from the foods that you eat.  In order to get all these nutrients to stay healthy, we need to eat a variety of foods.  This… Continue reading What to eat when trying to get pregnant

Parenting · Pregnancy

Can I drink alcohol if I’m planning a pregnancy or pregnant?

With the holiday season fast approaching, it's a known fact that parties and alcoholic drinks will be a part of the celebrations.  But what about drinking alcohol when you're planning a pregnancy? "If I'm not pregnant yet, is it okay to have just one or two drinks?" When it comes to drinking alcohol and planning… Continue reading Can I drink alcohol if I’m planning a pregnancy or pregnant?

Pregnancy

Thyroid and fertility: What’s the connection?

After a year of trying to get pregnant and not using birth control, my friend started to become a little concerned when she was not conceiving. After all, shouldn't she have been pregnant already? When she went to see the doctor for a check-up, she was informed that she had a low thyroid level. 1… Continue reading Thyroid and fertility: What’s the connection?

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?

Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Mental health matters when planning a pregnancy

Has planning a pregnancy got you worried and tense?  Maybe you've been feeling sad, scared or not in control of your life?  Stress from trying to conceive a baby can sometimes affect your mental health and well-being. It's a good idea to talk about your feelings with someone you trust. When should I get help?… Continue reading Mental health matters when planning a pregnancy