Holiday Mini Photo Sessions November 4th and 5th
Join us for hot chocolate, festive music and a 25 minute photo-shoot. Include grandparents or close friends and make it a special occasion.
The Holiday Mini Photo Session is a festive and a fun way to get beautiful professional photos of your family.
It's also the perfect way to prepare for gifting, and includes holiday cards, so that you can treat the loved ones in your life with something special, sentimental, and
Your Session Includes:
Cost: $200 (plus HST).
Frequently Asked Questions...
How long does it take to get my holiday digital photos?
You will receive a link to your digital photos three weeks from the date of your photo-shoot.
How many photos will I receive?
The photo session includes five digital high resolution photos, professionally edited by our photographer. You are able to purchase additional photos if desired.
Do I get to choose the five photos?
Yes you will be sent a link to online gallery featuring all of the photos that were taken of your family. You choose your five digital prints from here.
How many photos will there be to choose from?
As it's a Mini Photo Session, you will be sent 15 of the tops photos from the shoot which our photographer has spent time editing.
Are these photos specifically for families? Can I bring my baby too?
Yes, the Holiday photo-shoot is specifically family-oriented, so bring baby and your loved ones!
Whether Baby is due months from now or in a matter of days, it’s important for expectant Mamas to round up their support network ahead of time. New babies mean huge changes for new parents, and helping hands are invaluable while Mama’s energy is focused on the new arrival. If you’re a Mama-to-be, let your friends and family know how they can help you post-delivery by sharing this article—trust us, when yummy snacks show up on your doorstep, you’ll be glad you did!
Between fatigue, physical discomfort, and hypersensitivity to Baby’s every need, new Mamas may have a hard time giving their full attention to guests. Long visits can feel taxing (even overwhelming), and the last thing friends and family want is for the new Mama to feel exhausted by the time their house-call is over. Make sure you arrange the date and time in advance, and be conscious of Mama’s energy level throughout your stay. A good rule of thumb is to keep visits under 30 minutes (that is unless you plan to help with house duties!), so keep your eye on the clock or set a timer on your phone. If Mama excuses herself in order to feed the baby, that’s your cue to leave—this way other members of the household are free to see to her needs. Remember, the first six weeks after baby arrives are a huge adjustment for Moms, so don’t worry if things don’t feel the same as they used to; give her a couple of months to find her footing as a new parent and you’ll pick up right where you left off!
Postpartum Care Package
Expectant Mamas will spend hours reading books and blogs in the hopes of arming themselves with all the knowledge and resources they’ll need to survive once Baby arrives. That said, some of the most simple and commonly needed supplies are easily overlooked! And usually they’re the kind of items that will ensure Mama herself is comfortable postpartum. Consider putting together a care package filled with pampering goodies to remind her that she deserves some love too! We’ve got some ideas that will have the new Mama feeling nurtured and well cared for:
Help Around the House
Once upon a time, in a land before your Mama-friend had a newborn, she would cross items off her to-do list with style and ease. She could run impromptu errands at the drop of a hat, and managed to toss in loads of laundry during commercial breaks. Now that Baby is here, her list is a lot harder to tackle and seems to be growing by the minute! Remind her that she’s going through a major change in her life, and that it’s ok if some to-dos are put on the back burner for a while. Try helping Mama prioritize her list, and offer to lend a hand with the important items like laundry, or those tasks that are difficult for her to do like large grocery trips. Consider a weekly visit to help Mama make it through her first weeks as a new parent; having the regular help will be a huge relief when she begins to feel like there’s too much on her plate.
The post-labor period is an emotional time for Mama, so keep the air light and love-filled. Whether you’ve had a terrible day at work, got cut-off driving home, or just learned of the latest political disaster, be sure to save the rant for someone who has the capacity to carry that negativity—guaranteed it’s not the new Mama sitting in front of you. Notice the energy in the home and do your best to keep it tranquil. Besides deferring tales of outrage for another time, there are many ways to support a peaceful and loving space for Mama and Baby to enjoy. Here are some environmental stimuli to keep in mind when you visit:
Sounds: Speak calmly, turn televisions off, keep cell phones on vibrate
Sights: Dim harsh lighting, turn on side lamps, tidy up
Scents: Empty garbage bins, avoid wearing strong perfume, offer lavender room spray
New babies eat round the clock, and it’s not uncommon for breastfeeding moms to feel as though they are a 24-hour buffet. This means Mama’s three square meals are going to be less than regular (at least for the first month or so). Even if baby is formula fed, frequent feedings mean its tough for Mom to make it to the kitchen simply to feed herself throughout the day! Chances are she won’t even think of eating until she’s ravenous and needs to eat something now. Prepared healthy snacks are a lifesaver that will help Mama keep her body fuelled while she doles out the TLC to her little one. And don’t forget water! Especially if Mama is breastfeeding, she’s going to feel thirsty ALL the time—be sure she’s got a glass of H2O at arms reach. Need some snack inspiration? Here are some tasty suggestions to bring when you visit:
Someone to Listen
In the weeks leading up to Baby’s arrival, Mama-to-be is flooded with loving attention and thoughtful inquiries about her health, hopes, and state of mind. Yet, the days following labor tend to be quiet and, quite frankly, lonely. “Hello, is anybody there!” Although friends and family commonly believe that Mama wants to be left alone while she gets to know her child, she may in fact be wishing for a friendly face and a shoulder to lean on. Birth, in all its many forms, is a life-changing experience that can leave new Mamas feeling stunned. Try to notice if your Mama-friend wants to talk about her birth story and decide if you’re the right person to lend an ear. Simply listening to her story and letting her express her feelings is hugely therapeutic! Mamas can experience various degrees of “baby blues” postpartum, and depression is not uncommon. So, if you think she needs more help than you can offer, talk with another close friend or family member about seeking professional advice. That’s what friends are for!
With a new baby comes a world of change and, if Mama-to-be is a close companion, you’ll have her wellbeing at heart! Not only will she be adjusting to life with a newborn, but she’ll also be in a mental and physical state of recovery after labor. Remind Mama that she isn’t alone! Show her some love and let her know that, while she’s looking after Baby, you’ll be there looking after her
Ladies, how well do you know your pelvic floor?
A TABOO TOPIC
Pelvic floor health is a topic that’s seemingly just as taboo to talk about as any other ‘below-the-belt’ issues. Am I right? How openly would you talk about your dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles with your friends and family? It’s a topic just as uncomfortable to talk about as having problematic digestive issues. Just like digestive issues, us humans – more commonly females – experience issues with the muscles in our pelvic floor region at some point in time. Maybe you’ve peed a little when you sneezed or coughed, or you have a hard time completely “emptying” when you pee…or maybe you suffer from pain in your low back and pelvic region, or even discomfort during sex.
Whether you’ve never had a baby (like me), are currently pregnant, postpartum, a middle-aged mother, or a lady with changing hormones, the health of your pelvic floor muscles is just as important as the health of your digestive system. A healthy pelvic floor is the cornerstone for keeping our pelvic organs in their correct positions (including the uterus, vagina and bowel) and preventing pelvic organs from prolapsing. It contributes to the health of your elimination muscles (bladder and bowel control), your uterus and digestive tract…and it helps with a healthy sexual function.
PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY
A few years ago I was working at a healthcare PR agency and one of our projects was working on a patient advisory board for overactive bladder (OAB). It was the first time I had ever heard of OAB and the first time I learned that there were such a thing as pelvic floor physiotherapists (PFP). A physiotherapist for your pelvic floor?
Fast forward three years to two weeks ago where I had my first pelvic floor physiotherapist appointment at Toronto Yoga Mamas, all out of curiosity. I’m the curious type when it comes to my body. I like understanding the ins and outs (literally) of my body and I love learning ways I can improve my wellbeing. Although I didn’t think I had any real issues going down in my pelvic floor, I was curious to know what exactly a PFP did and what an appointment entailed.
My appointment was with Lamiya, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist at Toronto Yoga Mamas, and she began my appointment by discussing my overall health with me and any concerns I may be having. She went through a list of common pelvic floor issues women (and men) often have, why they happen and how they can be solved. She then explained the anatomy of the pelvic floor…I had no clue it was so complex! I don’t think we ever learned about this in health class! I then did a couple of exercises, like touching my toes, arching backwards and pushing my hips right and left while she observed the way my pelvis bent (apparently it didn’t move so well). Next was examination time – an internal examination – which wasn’t mandatory but recommended to further understand how strong the muscles are.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Before the physical examination began, Lamiya explained the whole process to me. She explained how the examination worked, what muscles she was feeling for, what a strong, healthy muscle should feel like and let me know that if I was uncomfortable at anytime to let her know. As I lay on the table listening to her, I kept associating the next step with a pap exam…and thank goodness it wasn’t anything close to the discomfort of a cold, tense pap.
She left the room while I undressed and covered myself with a sheet. She then returned and slipped on a double layer of medical-grade gloves, applied lubricant and assessing the muscles with internal palpation of the four different muscle groups. She took me through different breathing exercises to see how well the muscles contracted and relaxed and thoroughly explained the process as the exam went on. It wasn’t uncomfortable at all, just extremely informative and made me 10x more aware of my body.
After the internal exam, she provided me with a few exercises and breathing techniques to practice at home and asked if I had any questions.
I left my appointment questioning why pelvic floor physiotherapy isn’t a mandatory appointment every few years, even before conceiving…or even for ladies who don’t choose to have children. Our pelvic floors consist of a group of muscles that keep everything working correctly. Why should we be waiting until there is a problem before we have to get them checked out? Unfortunately, this is commonly the case for most. We strengthen and condition the rest of our bodies to prevent injury and to keep strong, but we totally take our pelvic floor muscles for granted until we realize they’ve weakened. For females, I think pelvic floor health should be learned and talked about way before childbirth.
I also left feeling very educated. Did you know that…
So ladies (and men), whatever issue you may be having in your pelvic region…don’t be embarrassed, you aren’t alone. Talk about it, seek help and get examined by a pelvic floor physiotherapist….and if you’re in Toronto, book an appointment at Toronto Yoga Mamas, you won’t regret it!
Prenatal Nutrition Workshop
Only $24 / person. Comes with a free 7 Day Meal plan for mamas.
What should I eat when I am pregnant? What shouldn't I eat? Should I be supplementing? What's best for baby?
Join us for A 75 minute workshop for expecting mamas. Dr. Shannon, our Naturopathic Doctor, will lead an information-rich workshop where you will learn what to eat when you're expecting. PLUS you will walk away from this workshop with a 7 day prenatal nutrition meal plan that you can begin using immediately.
Broken down by trimester, Dr. Shannon will lead you through a discussion on why your food intake is so important while pregnant. She will discuss clean and healthy eating to not only support baby's health and development, but your health and ability to thrive during your pregnancy.
1ST Trimester: foods for baby's brain development, foods to help manage nausea
2ND Trimester: foods to prevent iron deficiency, to maintain energy, to prevent gestational diabetes
3RD Trimester: foods for energy, to prevent gastrointestinal issues
Two Free Recipes For Mamas-To-Be