Healthy eating while you're pregnant has many benefits. By eating according to Eating Well With Canada’s Food Guide, you're giving your body the energy and strength it needs to carry the baby while giving the baby all the nutrients he needs to develop and be healthy.
It's important to have a healthy body weight as you carry your child. Plan to gain weight during your pregnancy. This isn't the time to diet!
You should have already been taking a daily supplement of folic acid before your pregnancy. Now that you're pregnant, it's even more important that you take it. Folic acid can help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) in your baby.
To find out more, read these articles.
Thinking about having a baby?
Pre-Pregnancy healthy eating checklist
Neural Tube Defects (NTDs)
Baby's Best Start : A program that provides pregnant women with support during their pregnancy, including nutritional assessments, healthy lifestyle education, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to other community services where necessary.
Green Food Box : A nonprofit, community-based program that brings neighbours together to buy a variety of delicious and nutritious fresh fruit and vegetables at wholesale prices.
Nutri-Baskets : Learn how to read food labels and save money with guided supermarket tours.
Getting Back to A Healthy Weight After Giving Birth (Healthful)
Herbal Teas (Healthful)
Stress During Pregnancy (Healthful)
The EatRight Ontario website provides easy-to-use nutrition information to help make healthier food choices easier. Residents of Ontario can also speak directly to a Registered Dietitian by calling their toll-free telephone service at 1 877 510-5102 or by sending an email.
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Eat Well Central
Eating Well With Canada's Food Guide
EatSafe for Higher-Risk Canadians: A Guide for Pregnant Women
Public Health Agency of Canada
Tips for a healthy pregnancy