Parenting · Pregnancy

Pregnancy and alcohol: Do they mix?

September is FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) awareness month with September 9th designated as International FASD Awareness Day.  This day was started as a reminder that pregnancy and alcohol don't mix. Why pregnancy and alcohol don't mix: Alcohol can pass from the mother's blood into the baby's blood and affect the growth of the baby's… Continue reading Pregnancy and alcohol: Do they mix?

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

Breastfeeding · Pregnancy

COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding

As of April 23, all pregnant individuals in Ontario are eligible to register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments. It is free and available to all eligible residents. An OHIP card is not required to get the vaccine. Many have been asking questions about the vaccine and whether it is safe to be vaccinated when planning a… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding

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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