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Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation

Thinking About Having a Baby?

Healthy babies start with healthy moms. Good nutrition before pregnancy is important to help you and your baby be as healthy as possible. You might have difficulty getting pregnant if you are underweight or overweight. Talk to your doctor and/or dietitian if you have concerns.

Nutrition & Pregnancy

Healthy eating is vital while pregnant. Follow Canada’s food guide to make sure you are giving your baby enough nutrients for a healthy start. All pregnant women should be taking a vitamin supplement that contains folate and iron. Practicing food safety can prevent food borne illness that could harm both you and baby.

Weight gain is part of a healthy pregnancy. Most weight is gained in the second and third trimesters when baby is growing rapidly. During this time eat an extra 2-3 servings on top of the servings recommended by Canada’s Food Guide.

Nutrition & Lactation

Breastfeeding moms should continue with a folate supplement and eating an extra 2-3 servings from Canada’s food guide everyday. Fluids are also important; staying hydrated ensures mom will produce enough milk to feed baby. 

Nutrients of Note:

Women who are pregnant or who are thinking about becoming pregnant should focus on getting enough of these key nutrients. Click here for more information on each nutrient.

Other Considerations:

For all women of child bearing age who may become pregnant and those who are pregnant or breast feeding there are a few things to avoid and/or limit. For more information visit Dietitians of Canada or click on links below

Supports for Moms or Moms to be:

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