Parenting · Pregnancy

Giving birth in a new land

Being pregnant and giving birth in a new country can be exciting, stressful and scary at the same time. Prenatal care, birth practices, and traditions surrounding the birth of your baby can differ from country to country. Many individuals face challenges adjusting to their new country. For example, language barriers, employment, financial worries and lack… Continue reading Giving birth in a new land

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Free online prenatal and parenting program

Looking for a free prenatal and parenting program you can access anywhere, anytime, 24/7? You may have many questions about your pregnancy, what to expect during labour and delivery, how to prepare for your baby's arrival and how to care for a baby. Now that many programs and services are cancelled or postponed due to… Continue reading Free online prenatal and parenting program

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 6 tips to eat well

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting for Muslims. Check out registered dietitian Christine DeSouza's tips to eat well during Ramadan. Fasting during Ramadan means no food or drink, not even water, between sunrise and sunset. Many Muslims stay up late into the night and may choose to rest during fasting hours. Ramadan… Continue reading Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 6 tips to eat well

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Foods to support baby’s brain development

As a dietitian, I’m often asked by pregnant clients what foods they should eat to help their baby’s brain develop. The easy answer is to choose foods high in DHA, a type of omega-3 fat. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s important to get enough DHA. This healthy fat can be your infant’s best friend even… Continue reading Foods to support baby’s brain development

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Why do I need folate in pregnancy?

Folate is a vitamin important for cells to grow and divide in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when the fetus is being developed. It is also important for the rest of your pregnancy as it helps produce extra blood and helps the baby to grow. Our pregnant body needs 600mcg of folate daily. 50%… Continue reading Why do I need folate in pregnancy?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnancy cravings? 5 tips to curb your cravings into healthy ones

Cravings are normal during pregnancy.  It's your body reminding you to eat so you get the nutrients you need to grow your baby.  Occasionally, it is fine to eat unhealthy foods, however the problem starts when it is the only thing you reach for. So how do you curb these cravings into healthy ones? Here's 5… Continue reading Pregnancy cravings? 5 tips to curb your cravings into healthy ones

Baby's First Year · Pregnancy

This house won’t clean itself! 5 tips to keep your home clean and safe

Cleaning with vinegar and baking soda just sounds so old-fashioned.  It reminds me of my grandmother who solved every ailment by gargling with salt and water.  The truth is, what you use to clean your home is important, especially when you are pregnant or have small children. Many cleaning products that are used for kitchens,… Continue reading This house won’t clean itself! 5 tips to keep your home clean and safe

Nutrition · Pregnancy

What foods should you avoid during pregnancy?

Good news, you are pregnant!  And perhaps the nausea and vomiting are now behind you, and you're   ready to enjoy food once again.  Bad news, you're told you have to avoid this food & that food and the list just seems to go on and on.  But being confused about which foods are safe to eat takes… Continue reading What foods should you avoid during pregnancy?