Post-Natal & Toddler Connections classes

Our Fall Program will now have Post-Natal & Toddler Connections classes!

Learn. Connect. Socialize.

Mommy Connections East Toronto introduces you to programs and services available within your community. Our classes provide a unique learning opportunity as well as a fun way to bond with your child and other moms in a social environment. Each week’s class offers a topic that is important to a new mom as well as something for moms to do with babies. This allows for a unique bonding opportunity with your little one while still fulfilling your need to obtain information and be social with other moms experiencing the same challenges, fears and excitement. We provide educational and social connections for the modern family before baby and beyond.

Post Natal Program Engaging new moms and babies through an interactive and educational weekly program.
Our post-natal program offers moms a unique opportunity to bond with their child as well as learn about other programming and services offerings in their community. Each week’s classes offers a topic that is important to a new moms as well as something for moms to do with their babies. This allows for a unique bonding opportunity with baby while still fulfilling the moms need to obtain information and be social with other moms experiencing the same challenges, fears and excitement. There are 3 different classes to choose from.

Toddlers Connections (NEW!) – A uniquely structured weekly program offers a place for both moms and toddlers to play, learn and develop.
As our newest offering, Toddler Connections will provide a more unique structure for moms and their toddlers. This unique set-up allows moms to listen and chat within the discussion, while their toddlers play in a safe environment.

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Being the mom to a little boy who is… well… he is far from being little; I unfortunately had to learn the hard way the importance of ensuring that you lift and carry your child correctly. Earlier this year I suffered an injury to my arm that was so sever I was left unable to take care of my son on my own. For weeks I had to have someone with me 24/7 to help me take care of him.

The tips shared in this Guest Blog Post by Dr. Roop Patel BSC(Hons.) DC from energyXchange’s Blog are things that we all need to keep in mind to prevent such injuries.

Toting Tots – You were up all night, the baby was crying and now the telephone is ringing. Sound familiar? For most parents, this is a daily scenario. Parents are continually faced with strenuous physical demands such as chasing, lifting, feeding, and comforting their child which can be the perfect formula for body aches and pains.

Studies have shown that parenthood is a proven risk factor for back problems. The mechanism leading to back pain is believed to be associated with the repetitive lifting of children. Considerthe fact that parents may be lifting a 7-10 pound baby 50 times a day. By 12 months the child weighs approximately 17-pounds, and at 2 years, that child has become a 25-30 pound toddler.What’s a parent to do? Well, here are some simple tips that can help parents avoid aches, sprains, and strains.

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Dara Duff-Bergeron is a veteran personal trainer and respected fitness expert.  In this post she is sharing with us the importance of Hydration during these summer months.

Summertime and the living’s easy…

It’s everyone’s favourite time of year!  It’s the season for outdoor workouts, playdates at the park and long walks with our little ones.  Sunshine, rising temperatures and humidity… we look forward to it all year ‘round and when it arrives we love nothing better than to bitch about how sunny, hot and muggy it is!

So, whether you are a beach bum or spend most of your summer diving for shade while your little ones scamper around the playground, you need to hydrate.  I mean: You. Need. To. Hydrate.

It’s sooooooooo important.  75% of the human body is made up of water, and it affects all bodily functions and processes.  In fact, you’ll die of dehydration before you die of starvation.  Water is that important.

So how do you know if you’re getting enough?  Chances are, you’re not.  I hate to break it to you, but only about 25% of us routinely consume enough water.  So, if you’ve got any of the following symptoms, you might be dehydrated! Dehydration causes:

Severe dehydration will cause confusion, heart palpitations, weakness and, finally, organ failure and death.

Yikes!

You don’t need to wait until organ failure to know whether you’re getting enough water.  Here’s a yucky but effective way to monitor your hydration: Look at your pee. Keep it in the toilet, please, but look at it!  If your pee is yellow or smelly, you’re probably dehydrated (although medicines, foods and certain conditions can affect the colour & odour of urine as well). When you’re properly hydrated, your pee will be straw coloured and virtually odourless.  Unless it smells like asparagus.  Then you are well hydrated and you probably ate asparagus for dinner.

It takes approximately 2-3 litres of water per day to replenish the body water you lose in routine functions such as breathing, sweating and urinating, among others.  Nursing mothers can add an extra litre to that daily quota in order to maintain an optimal milk supply.  In extreme heat or when exercising, you need even more.  For every 15 minutes of exercise, aim to consume about ½ cup (125 mL) water.  If you’re exercising in extreme heat or for a long period of time, you can weigh yourself before and after your workout and drink an extra 2 cups (500 mL) for every pound of water weight lost.

And do you need to worry about overhydrating?  Clients who have a difficult time remembering to drink their water have – believe it or not – offered the risk of death by overhydration as an excuse for not drinking more water when I ask them to…

Really?  Do I look that stupid?

While the media loves to hype up a strange death like one by “water intoxication,” you’d have to consume around 5-20 L of water in a short period of time to severely overhydrate and risk death.  Drinking up to 1-1.5 L of water per hour of heavy sweating (such as during exercise or in extreme heat) is safe.

So fill up your stainless bottle and get drinking.  And, while you’re at it, get your ass moving and earn that water!

You can find Dara at www.fitfamily.ca (personal training/blog) or www.bellybootcamp.ca (prenatal & postnatal fitness for modern mommies).  Dara is a mommy of two & lives in Toronto with her own little fit family.

 

 

 

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