Parenting · Pregnancy

Zika virus: Planning a pregnancy & travelling

When my best friend recently shared with me that she and her partner were planning to start a family, I couldn't be happier.  This exciting news took a turn when she told me they were travelling to their dream destination spot in South America.  Alarm bells went off in my head as I asked if… Continue reading Zika virus: Planning a pregnancy & travelling

Baby's First Year · Parenting

A safe ride with your child every single time!

Car seats are designed to keep children safe in a car ride when properly installed. According to the 2015 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision statistics, there were 2,317 accidental fatalities and injuries in the 0 – 4 years age group. Four out of five car seats are not properly installed Most common mistakes: Vehicle seat… Continue reading A safe ride with your child every single time!

Pregnancy

Can I travel by air when pregnant?

My best friend loves to travel. Recently, she announced that she is 12 weeks pregnant. She is so excited, however, she is worried now that she's already booked a vacation abroad for next year! This raises a good question. "Is travelling by air safe during pregnancy? Do airlines have policies about travelling while pregnant?" Is… Continue reading Can I travel by air when pregnant?

Breastfeeding

Zika and Breastfeeding

What is Zika? Zika is a virus spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.  Infection during pregnancy has been linked to a condition called microcephaly, an abnormally small head in newborns caused by disruptions in brain development.  This can lead to lifelong developmental problems in the newborn. The overall risk in Canada is very… Continue reading Zika and Breastfeeding

Pregnancy

Pregnant with plans to travel? Heard of Zika?

Have you been thinking about going on a 'babymoon' before your little one arrives?   Speak to your health care provider if you're planning to travel and find out if your destination is affected by the Zika virus.  The World Health Organization has the latest updates on affected countries. What's Zika? Zika is a virus that… Continue reading Pregnant with plans to travel? Heard of Zika?