Pregnancy

Pregnancy and COVID-19

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory infection; an infection that mainly affects your lungs. Those who have COVID-19 can have mild or severe symptoms such as fever, cough, muscle aches, tiredness or difficulty breathing. Research is underway, but at present there is no evidence that pregnant individuals are at higher risk of severe… Continue reading Pregnancy and COVID-19

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

New to Canada & having a baby? Support is available

Imagine moving to a new country, not speaking the language, not having family support, and having a new baby?   This is what many new Canadian families are experiencing in Toronto.   Every day we have new, young families moving to our city who are unfamiliar with the land, language, and resources available to them. Did you… Continue reading New to Canada & having a baby? Support is available

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Is eating fish during pregnancy safe?

This is a question I get asked by almost every client I see. The answer is yes but you need to know which fish are safe and which ones to have less of or avoid during pregnancy. What you need to know about fish: Fish are important foods to eat because they provide you and… Continue reading Is eating fish during pregnancy safe?

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How to manage back pain in pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of many physical changes to your body. Knowing what to expect and how to cope can help you have a healthy and comfortable pregnancy. One common complaint during pregnancy is backaches and pains. Many people in my prenatal program often complain of this especially as they get further along in their… Continue reading How to manage back pain in pregnancy

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Intimate partner violence during pregnancy

What makes a healthy relationship?  Do words like respect, love, equality come to mind?  Well, this may not be the case for some people. Pregnancy can be a vulnerable time for intimate partner violence due to changes in physical, emotional, social and financial demands. Intimate partner violence (IPV) refers to physical, sexual, or emotional harm… Continue reading Intimate partner violence during pregnancy

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Canada’s new food guide: 3 Tips to help in pregnancy

"Healthy Eating is more than the foods you eat" is the main messages of the new Canadian food guide that was unveiled earlier this year. In pregnancy, this is very important because many external factors influence how and what you are able to eat. As the new guide points out, paying close attention to your… Continue reading Canada’s new food guide: 3 Tips to help in pregnancy

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Oral health during pregnancy

Recently my niece who is expecting her first baby asked me why her gums have become sensitive and bleed easily when brushing and flossing. If you are pregnant and experiencing similar problems, it might be related to the hormonal changes that occurr during pregnancy. These changes may make your gums more sensitive to the germs… Continue reading Oral health during pregnancy

Nutrition · Pregnancy

7 tips to eat twice as healthy during pregnancy

Is it time to eat for two? 'Congratulations! You get to eat for two now!' is a phrase you may hear when you announce you're pregnant.  Some may think this is the chance for us to eat more of the foods we love, or not worry as much about the foods we're choosing. However, eating… Continue reading 7 tips to eat twice as healthy during pregnancy

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Depression during pregnancy – it’s real…get help!

Susan struggled with her mood during pregnancy.  When she first felt herself slipping during the fourth month, she reached for her 'bag of feel good tricks'.  She posted cheerful photos on Facebook, went for walks outside, cooked dinner, and drank kale smoothies. None of it helped. Although Susan's husband adored her and was a terrific… Continue reading Depression during pregnancy – it’s real…get help!

Nutrition · Pregnancy

I’m pregnant: Where does the weight go? 

As a Dietitian, this is a common question asked by many of my pregnant clients.  The truth is - the extra weight gained in pregnancy goes to many places in the body. Gaining weight is an expected and normal part of pregnancy, and sometimes it's hard to know how much weight is a healthy amount to gain.… Continue reading I’m pregnant: Where does the weight go?