Emotional Health · Pregnancy

How to manage stress in pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of change and feeling stressed is very common. Sometimes when stress builds over a long period of time and you start to feel like you have little control over these feelings, you may be experiencing chronic stress.  Learning how to deal with everyday stressors can help. Chronic stress may cause immediate… Continue reading How to manage stress in pregnancy

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Feeling stressed during the holidays?

Year after year I notice that as soon as Halloween is over, it's all about the upcoming holiday season. The days get shorter, the sights and sounds of the holiday fill the air. The holidays are considered a time for celebrating and spending time with family and friends. This time of year can also be… Continue reading Feeling stressed during the holidays?

Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Mental health matters when planning a pregnancy

Has planning a pregnancy got you worried and tense?  Maybe you've been feeling sad, scared or not in control of your life?  Stress from trying to conceive a baby can sometimes affect your mental health and well-being. It's a good idea to talk about your feelings with someone you trust. When should I get help?… Continue reading Mental health matters when planning a pregnancy

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Pregnant and feeling stressed? Tips to help.

I'm pregnant and feeling stressed out! Are these feelings normal? Is there anything I can do to feel better?     We all experience a certain level of stress in our everyday life.  Some stress can be helpful; it can inspire us to get things done at home or work, and it encourages us to arrive… Continue reading Pregnant and feeling stressed? Tips to help.

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Feeling overwhelmed by parenting choices and decisions? Tips to help.

I wear a few hats; public health nurse, mother, and grandmother just to name a few.  Having two young granddaughters, enables me to look at parenting from a different or outside lens. And what I can see is that parents today seem to be overwhelmed with decisions and choices. There are so many prevailing attitudes… Continue reading Feeling overwhelmed by parenting choices and decisions? Tips to help.

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Managing stress, anxiety, and depression over the holiday season

As I walked through Costco this past August, I couldn't help but notice this season's holiday gear making its way onto the shelves.  Everything from gifts to decorations, cards, and wrapping paper – 'seriously' I asked myself?  How can we be thinking of the holidays when we're still supposed to be soaking up the summer… Continue reading Managing stress, anxiety, and depression over the holiday season

Breastfeeding · Emotional Health · Parenting

Infant feeding and my mental health

Becoming a new parent is a major life change that is certain to come with rewards and a few learning curves along the way. For those who are vulnerable to postpartum mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.) support from friends, family and the community are all important in helping a new parent feel confident in this… Continue reading Infant feeding and my mental health

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Are you blaming yourself for the premature birth of your baby?

You've done all the textbook things you're supposed to do during your pregnancy – you ate healthy food, exercised, attended prenatal programs, and had regular visits with your health care provider.  Yet here you are…sitting in a neonatal intensive care unit gazing through an incubator at your tiny two-pound baby born at 28 weeks.  Where… Continue reading Are you blaming yourself for the premature birth of your baby?

Parenting · Pregnancy

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?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Parenting can be stressful: 4 tips to cope with stress

A common theme or topic that parents in my parenting groups talk about is how life as they know it has changed.  I spent a good amount of my career providing health teaching, guidance and support to parents with newborns up to early school aged children.  Parents would share their joys but also their "difficulties"… Continue reading Parenting can be stressful: 4 tips to cope with stress