Pregnancy

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 physical activity if I am 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 physical activity if I am 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?

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Planning a pregnancy? 8 things to consider

We plan for school, work, vacations, and so much more in our life.  Making the decision to become pregnant is one of life's milestones. Your health, readiness and available supports are important things to consider as there can be challenges along the way. 8 things to consider when planning a pregnancy: 1.  Write out your… Continue reading Planning a pregnancy? 8 things to consider

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Thinking of having another baby? What’s your plan?

New parents often mention to me that they plan on taking some time to reconnect with their partner and spend some quality time together as a couple.  Having a young baby at home often gives couples little time and energy left to enjoy each other again. In the heat of the moment, parents may not… Continue reading Thinking of having another baby? What’s your plan?