A common question that I get from new parents is: should my child be taking probiotics? As with any supplement or treatment, the answer should be individualized to each child’s specific health concerns and should be discussed with a healthcare professional. However, I’ll get you started by giving you some dos and don’ts of probiotic supplementation.
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June weekends in Toronto are a great time to explore everything the city has to offer – the temperature has warmed up significantly from early spring, but it’s not yet the sweltering heat of full summer. The Healthy Moms Toronto Marketplace, which is happening on Sunday, June 11, has so many reasons to come with the family, we wanted to dedicate a few blog posts to talk about the event. This post covers all the activities that you and your kids can participate in, throughout the day.
I confess I'm a huge Instagram fan. Beautiful pictures inspire me, from the restoration of 1950's farmhouses, to vintage interiors, new raw vegan meals, to world travel with kiddies in tow. I enjoy reading the captions carefully crafted by those that I follow – who doesn't love a little peek into other people lives? I'll admit it: scrolling through my Instagram feed is my guilty pleasure before going to bed at night.
It may just be because I’m pregnant (baby number 4 is due July) that I’m drawn to the seemingly endless beautiful pictures of pregnant women popping up on my feed daily, at the moment. These women appear positively glowing, confident, exuding health and happiness with tanned shapely bumps, sporting sun dresses with thoughtful expressions and protective hands on their bumps.
Maternity photography is now a huge industry, with women, couples, and families keen to capture precious memories before their new babies arrive. But what if our bodies are not shimmering with hormones, or sporting perfectly formed baby bumps? How do these pictures affect our self image? How do they make us feel about our own pregnant bodies?
There is still stigma associated with mental health difficulties, despite much research and a growing number of people willing to talk about their struggles. Stigma around mood and anxiety problems during pregnancy and postpartum seems even more punishing and unfair – it isolates new moms and robs of what is supposed to be a joyful experience.