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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?

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How long should I wait to have another baby?

Have you already had a child and you’re ready to have another baby?  Even if you’re just thinking about it, spacing your pregnancies is a good idea.  Just how long should you wait before trying again? If you are planning a subsequent pregnancy, it’s best to wait & try again within 18 months to 5… Continue reading How long should I wait to have another baby?

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I am new to Canada – what do I need to know about having a baby here?

Moving to a new country can be both exciting and stressful. Prenatal care, birth practices and laws around the birth of a baby differ from country to country. Health care in Canada may be different compared to the country you are from. What do I need to know about having a baby in Canada? Choose… Continue reading I am new to Canada – what do I need to know about having a baby here?

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Having a difficult time getting pregnant? You are not alone.

After becoming a couple in 2012, Peter* and Pooja* had their life planned out for the next few years, including  having their first baby in 2 years after buying their new home.  As soon as she missed her period Pooja became very focussed about buying ovulation kits and completing pregnancy tests, only to find out… Continue reading Having a difficult time getting pregnant? You are not alone.

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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?

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Planning a pregnancy? Questions your health care provider may ask.

I was so happy for my cousin when she married last year.  She was excited to tell me that she was planning to have a baby for next summer.  When I suggested she see her doctor for a preconception health visit, she had no idea what this meant and what to expect. Having a check-up… Continue reading Planning a pregnancy? Questions your health care provider may ask.

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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?

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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?

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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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What’s the scoop on men’s health and fertility?

Ready to have a baby?  That’s terrific news!  Did you know that men’s health before conception plays a key role in having a healthy baby? In fact, the evidence is growing regarding the importance of men’s health when it comes to fertility and the baby’s health. It takes about 3 months for sperm to fully… Continue reading What’s the scoop on men’s health and fertility?