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

Parenting · Pregnancy

Why be physically active if planning a pregnancy?

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?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Delaying parenthood:  Does age really matter?

A friend of mine recently mentioned that he and his wife of 4 years have talked about when they should start having a family.  His wife’s 29th birthday was just around the corner and he was now 37 years old.  They intentionally delayed having to make this decision since they had started new jobs and… Continue reading Delaying parenthood:  Does age really matter?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

What I need to know if I’m diabetic & planning to have a baby

During prenatal class, one of my moms shared her story of being diabetic and how this affected her ability to get pregnant.  She expressed that if only she had known about the effects of her diabetes, maybe she would’ve had an easier time getting pregnant.  Although it’s true that diabetes can affect your fertility, knowing… Continue reading What I need to know if I’m diabetic & planning to have a baby

Parenting · Pregnancy

Can stress affect my ability to get pregnant?

When planning a pregnancy, how many times have you heard from family and friends to “just relax, you’re trying too hard.”   It turns out that there is some truth to this old saying.  With the pressures and busyness of our everyday lives – stress is unavoidable.  We now know that managing stress may help improve… Continue reading Can stress affect my ability to get pregnant?

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Physical activity and planning a pregnancy – what’s the link?

Many of us are making some new goals for ourselves.  A couple that is planning a pregnancy recently shared with me their resolution to be more physically active.  As a nurse, one of my passions is to promote the importance of health before pregnancy.   This couple reminded me of the many benefits physical activity can… Continue reading Physical activity and planning a pregnancy – what’s the link?