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South Asian newborns have higher risk of diabetes
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Providing further understanding of the link between low birth weights and obesity later in life, researchers found nutritionally deprived newborns are "programmed" to eat more because they develop less neurons in the region of the brain that controls food intake
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The South Asian Birth Cohort Sub-study: Optimal Perinatal Health Behaviours from the Perspectives of Grandmothers- officially released by Canadian Institute of Health Research in the 'Video Talks' competition for 2016.
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Healthy Pregnancy
With so much information available on pregnancy, it can become difficult for women to know how to best take care of their health -- What should I eat? How much weight should I gain during pregnancy? How can I improve my overall health during pregnancy? Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada can provide concrete answers to your healthy pregnancy questions.
www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/preg-gros/index-eng.php
Women’s health – pregnancy
Becoming a mother is one of the most exciting times in a woman"s life. This section of womenshealth.gov will help you learn what you can do before, during, and after pregnancy to give your baby a healthy start to life.
http://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/
Prenatal nutrition guide
A woman"s nutritional and overall health, before and during pregnancy, influences the health of her developing baby. Eating well, combined with taking a daily multivitamin, can give a woman the nutrients she needs to feel good, have energy, and support a healthy pregnancy. This website provides a prenatal nutrition guide to maintain a healthy diet in pregnancy.
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/prenatal/index-eng.php
Health Information page for South Asians
Research has shown that people of South Asian descent are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes and are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than the general population. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has translated and culturally adapted some resources to help you understand the risk factors and warning signs for heart disease and stroke.
http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE
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http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE
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SAHARA health blog
This blog provides the latest information on heart health and recommendations for healthy living.
http://saharaproject.blogspot.com/
Caring for kids of all ages
Caring for Kids is designed to provide parents with information about their child"s health and well-being. This website provides an array of resources on kids of all age groups, starting with newborns all the way to teens!
http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/

BabyCenter® Canada - The most complete online resource for new and expectant parentsBaby Center Canada 
This page contains helpful tips for planning a pregnancy, expecting a baby, and raising a child.
http://www.babycenter.ca/#
Aurat Health Services
Aurat Health Services provides a resource for health, social and community literacy that meet the needs of South Asian women and empower them to take charge of their well-being whilst honouring their culture, values and beliefs.
http://www.aurat.ca

Postpartum Depression
For every woman, having a baby is a challenging time, both physically and emotionally. It is natural for many new mothers to have mood swings after delivery, feeling joyful one minute and depressed the next. However, some women may experience a deep and ongoing depression which lasts much longer. This is called postpartum depression.
Below are some helpful links for understanding and coping with postpartum depression:
Canadian Mental Health Association
http://www.cmha.ca/bins/content_page.asp?cid=3-86-87-88
Public Health Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/mh-sm/preg_dep-eng.php
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
http://www.camh.net/About_Addiction_Mental_Health/Mental_Health_Information
/Postpartum_Depression/ppd_ci_mood_disturbance.html