My Sister Gave Me Her Eggs: A Journey Through Fertility

The Purple Fig | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

When I finally got married at 37, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get pregnant. But it happened in a flash on our honeymoon and we had a son. I was one of my only friends who openly wanted a second child. So began the trying; a summer of love. Which then turned into a fall of resentment. Now my sister and I are in the waiting cubicle of an IVF suite in downtown Toronto.

Should I Hit the Gym With a Baby Bump?

BabyPost | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Living

It's the age old question ... well maybe not the age old question, but it has to be in the pregnancy top ten: Should I exercise while I am pregnant? And, what is "too much" when it comes to working out with a baby bump? Not only will exercising keep you in top condition for when baby arrives, but it can also improve the health of your baby.

Beyond Wine, Coffee and Cigarettes: Tips For a Safe Pregnancy

Vivien Brown | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Living
Vivien Brown

If painting the baby's nursery is a part of your pre-natal plans, use latex (water-based) products in a well-ventilated area. Avoid oil-based paints, paint thinners, varnish removers and substances such as lacquer. Many solvents give off volatile compounds that can put you at greater risk of pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy).

Here's Your Baby, Now Where's My Bling?

Iman Sheikh | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Living
Iman Sheikh

The very idea of "push presents" sounds too much like a Sex and the City episode gone wrong. Don't get me wrong; there's a great sentiment behind push presents. If a man does something to recognize the emotional and physical stress of carrying a child of his own volition, it's a lovely gesture. But new mothers shouldn't let a trickle-down trend from Hollywood lead them to expect diamonds and sapphires, and new fathers shouldn't feel pressured into giving them.

10 Reasons Why You Can't Get Pregnant

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

If you're looking for ways to boost fertility in 2014, you may be surprised how some of your habits may be getting in the way. We all know poor he...

Drinking During Pregnancy: The Ultimate Taboo

Chris Schryer | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Living
Chris Schryer

When was the last time you saw a pregnant woman sipping a beer? If you are North American, the answer might be never. You might also be surprised to learn that in much of Europe, it's actually not unusual at all. Now, more and more women I know are choosing not to totally abstain from alcohol during their pregnancies. And everyone in their lives are completely losing their minds about it.

Don't Worry About Caroline Eriksen's Body, Celebrate Your Own

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Thanks to Caroline Berg Eriksen's post-pregnancy selfie that she took just four days after giving birth to her daughter we have been pulled back into the "what should women's bodies look like?" debate. Let's stop paying so much attention to the bodies that we can't relate to and start embracing, celebrating and taking care of the ones we do.

8 Old Wives' Tales to Predict Your Baby's Gender

BabyPost | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

If you're pregnant, you're probably already well-accustomed to being asked "Do you know what you're having?" Even if you're not going to find out your baby's sex by ultrasound, it's still fun to predict whether you're having a boy or a girl, and there are dozens of old wives' tales that claim to help you do just that.

6 Dumb Things People Say to Pregnant Women

BabyPost | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Like moths to a flame, pregnant women seem attract of a barrage of insensitive and obnoxious unsolicited opinions and comments. We get it. This whole belly thing is new and unusual. Except that pregnant bellies have been around since the beginning of time. So not that new, or unusual. Here are some gems women rocking bellies of any size will likely hear on any given day.

Postpartum Depression is a Family Affair

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

At long last, people are talking about postpartum depression. Dismissed for years as no more than a touch of the baby blues (or else unheard of entirely), PPD has become an open subject. But despite this progress, postpartum depression remains misunderstood in one very critical regard: namely, that it's something that only happens to, and thus only adversely affects, mothers.

I'm an Entrepreneur and I Have it All

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Ostrikoff

My life has been "busy" and a lot of work for quite some time now, and that's something I don't want to change. I still take the necessary time to unplug and fill myself and my family up, but cannot deny that I also thrive off of creating and growing in business. That will likely always be part of me, even with a new baby at my side. My work is very much tied into what I want to create for my family to benefit from. I have complete respect for the women who grow up with a complete focus on wanting to stay home and raise a family... but for me, part of what I want to represent to my children is showing them that they have the ability to "have it all."

Cheers, You're Pregnant -- Can You Drink A Little?

AFP/relaxnews | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Living

A new study sure to stir up controversy found that drinking alcohol during and even beyond the first trimester of pregnancy didn't seem to raise the ...

Is Exercising During Pregnancy Safe?

AFP | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Living

For moms-to-be, a new study finds that exercise throughout your pregnancy can improve your mood and boost your energy levels. Researchers from the ...

SavvyMom Roundup: Kate's Post-Baby Bump, Gwyneth Paltrow and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

I may be on vacation this week, but camping gear, Kate's "baby belly," Gwyneth's school choice, teaching kids how to succeed and nature's beauty all s...

6 Ways to Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy

BabyPost | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada

You may think the nine months you're carrying your baby is the time to be careful but in reality, there are things you should be doing even before you conceive. Find out what you can start doing today to ensure a better quality of life for your baby tomorrow with these practical tips.

"Each Miscarriage Was More Devastating Than the Last"

The Purple Fig | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

A few years ago I joined an elite group of women. It was a membership that I wanted no part of. You see, I was among the very small percentage of women who suffers from recurrent miscarriage, or early pregnancy loss. Each time would be more devastating than the last.

Having a Baby After 35 Is Not as Scary as it Used to Be

BabyPost | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Living

So, 35 has always been the golden age I have heard about, after which time, the chances of conceiving decrease dramatically. A new study, however, says that 35 isn't the scary age once thought, that women in fact have at least five more decent childbearing years before they need to be concerned that their fertile days are dwindling.

The Chemicals Obstetricians Are Speaking Out Against

Kapil Khatter | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of the United Kingdom says pregnant women should make an effort to avoid exposures to chemicals in consumer products. The dogs have started barking right away, with critics immediately slamming the obstetricians for scaremongering.

Why I'm Participating in the Ontario Birth Study

Sandeep Dhaliwal | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Living
Sandeep Dhaliwal

When I heard my baby's heart beating for the first time, and saw the tiny organ pulsing on the screen of the ultrasound machine, I silently promised her that I would try my best to nurture her in every way possible. Little does she know she's already contributing to the world of research, and she hasn't even been born yet.

Hospital Wants To Follow You And Your Baby

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Living

A team of Canadian researchers is hoping that a groundbreaking new study tracking thousands of women through pregnancy and the childhood of their babi...

It Should Go Without Saying, But Don't Name Your Baby "Hitler"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I'm all for uniqueness when it comes to naming a child. After all, no one wants to give their child a name that will be shared by three or more kids in their grade school classroom. That being said, parents still need to consider certain parameters when making a decision that will affect their child for many years to come. Case in point: the poor child incredulously named "Adolph Hitler Campbell."

Tips for a Healthy, Natural Pregnancy

The Purple Fig | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

In the modern world we live in, almost everything we use includes chemicals and artificial ingredients. Understandably, many pregnant women are wary of exposing their unborn baby to harsh, unnatural substances. Here are a few simple changes I made during my pregnancy to avoid exposing my baby to harmful substances.

We're Done Having Kids: Knowing When To Stop Making Babies

Melissa Carr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

My daughter keeps asking for a little sister. At first it was cute...then it started to evolve into a daily request, which became harder and harder to address. I can relate. I also wanted a sister growing up. But now, I can't deny the fact that after 4.5 years postpartum, I finally feeling like I have my body "back." I am quite certain that I don't want to go down the pregnancy path again.

Pregnancy's Not a Crime, So Don't Hide the Evidence

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 06.18.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

I completely understand the pressure famous moms are under to retain their "Hot chick" status during and immediately following their pregnancies, but how great would it be if they didn't cave into that pressure? Pregnancy isn't a crime, so why the need to hide all of the evidence?

This Pregnancy Condition Could Increase Diabetes Risk

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Women who develop pre-eclampsia or gestational hypertension during pregnancy are more likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes later in l...