Pregnancy Resources

Genetic Screening in 1st Trimester

 New prenatal screening tests are now available for all women. Early on in your pregnancy, you can decide whether or not you would like to have prenatal screening.

These tests are optional – it is your choice whether or not to have them. Please refer to the listed resources and discuss your considerations with your midwife. This information will also be sent to your email prior to your first meeting with us.  

                                                             Click here for more Info on Genetic Screening  

Nausea & vomiting during pregnancy

 Nausea and vomiting is a normal part of pregnancy, but there are steps you can take to feel better. If you are pregnant and have nausea and vomiting, you’re not alone.

SOGC Tips for Nausea/Vomiting Motherisk  

Nutrition, Supplements and Exercise in Pregnancy

Nutritionist Resources

Folic Acid

Folic acid, or folate, is one of the B vitamins important for healthy growth of your unborn baby. It is essential to the normal development of your baby’s spine, brain and skull, especially during the first four weeks of your pregnancy. It is, therefore, important to start taking vitamin supplements with folic acid before you get pregnant to reduce the risk of a neural tube defect.

Please click here to learn more from the Public Health Agency of Canada  

Calcium and Vitamin D

Calcium is one of the minerals that you need to be healthy. Calcium is very important to ensure strong, healthy bones and teeth. It also helps muscles and nerves to work properly. Vitamin D helps you to absorb and use calcium. Both calcium and vitamin D may have other health benefits, but more research is needed.

Please click here for food sources of Calcium and Vitamin D

Iron Supplementation

Iron is an essential nutrient at every stage of life. It is a critical component of proteins such as enzymes and hemoglobin. Almost two-thirds of iron in the body is in the hemoglobin present in circulating red blood cells. Hemoglobin moves oxygen to the tissues for metabolism. During pregnancy, women need more iron to support the increased maternal red blood cell mass. This supplies the growing fetus and placenta, and supports normal brain development in the fetus. In the third trimester of pregnancy, the fetus builds iron stores for the first six months of life. Here are some resources on where to get more iron in your diet.

Food Sources                 Health Canada Information                    Iron in Pregnancy      

Canada's Food Guide

Pregnant and breastfeeding women need more calories. Include an extra 2 to 3 Food Guide Servings each day.

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby                           

Please click here for more information and copy of Canada’s Food Guide (English)

For Canada’s Food Guide in other languages please click here

Eat Right Ontario

Safe Food Handling

Information on eating healthy, including menu planning and recipes

EatRight Ontario wants to help you improve your health and quality of life through healthy eating. This service provides easy-to-use nutrition information to help you make healthier food choices.

Registered Dietitians provide EatRight Ontario visitors with feature articles on food and nutrition, meal planning advice, healthy eating tips and recipes. We cover a wide range of interesting topics that are updated on a regular basis. Topics include Family Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Healthy Weights, Seniors Nutrition and Disease Prevention.

EatRight Ontario allows you to ask nutrition-related questions and receive feedback by phone or email from a Registered Dietitian (at no cost to client). Nutrition tools and links offer many additional resources to support you in developing healthy eating habits for you and your family.

Click here to visit Eatright Ontario’s website

Exercise in Pregnancy

Physical activity is safe during pregnancy. Being physically active most days is part of a healthy lifestyle. Below are some links to support exercise during pregnancy.

I’m Pregnant, Should I Exercise?

Exercise and Health in Pregnancy Hotline

SOGC Exercise in Pregnancy

Medication Use

Medication Use during Pregnancy

Pregnancy can bring with it important concerns about prescription and over the counter drugs. Not every medication poses a risk to your unborn baby. However, some do. Discuss the relative risks and benefits of any prescribed drug therapy with your midwives/doctor.

Motherisk’s published research can help you and your midwives/doctor make informed decisions about possible drug therapy. Since 1985, Motherisk has reviewed data from around the world, conducting controlled, prospective studies to determine the potential risks of therapeutic drugs during pregnancy. It is now clear that there are many drugs that are safe for use in pregnancy. Click on any of the following links to find Motherisk’s published studies on the safety or risk of specific drugs during pregnancy, and be sure to consult your doctor or other medical professional.

Please click here for a link to Motherisk’s published studies on the safety or risk of specific drugs during pregnancy.

National Pregnancy Guidelines

National clinical guidelines

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) has developed the following national clinical guidelines in ob/gyn and related fields in order to help direct care.

SOGC Guidelines

Please refer to these associations for related guidelines