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Passing on Good Nutrition: Foods to Eat During Pregnancy

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet has benefits for both you and the baby growing in your belly. Your first big job as a mom is making good nutrition decisions - for both of you. Some nutrients are absolutely critical for the healthy growth and development of your baby. When it comes to knowing what foods to eat during pregnancy, follow Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide each day to make sure you and your baby eat smart, paying particular attention to the following key nutrients:

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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Now that you're pregnant there are a few extra things you need to think about when it comes to your diet and health. Not only is it important to eat a balanced diet, but you should also be aware of which foods to avoid or handle with extra care during pregnancy. That's because some foods can carry food-borne illnesses, which could put you and your baby at risk.

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Your Vitamin and Mineral Needs

Now from Nestlé! Materna® prenatal/postpartum multivitamins. Nutritional support before, during, and after pregnancy.

Health Canada recommends that all women who could become pregnant, as well as those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, take a multivitamin containing at least 0.4 mg of folic acid every day. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we have added MATERNA prenatal/postpartum multivitamins to our infant nutrition family! With just one capsule a day, MATERNA helps provide nutritional support for you and baby as you journey through pregnancy to motherhood.

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Why it’s Important to Eat Right and How to Handle Pregnancy Cravings

Common sense tells us that what you eat during pregnancy is important. It influences both your health and the health of your developing baby. Important nutrients like protein, folic acid, and water that your baby needs must come from you.

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A Closer Look at Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide

Expecting a child gives new meaning to eating a well-balanced diet. Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy will help your baby to get a healthy start and it’s also the perfect excuse for you to make some healthy lifestyle changes. The key to good nutrition is variety. Use Canada’s Food Guide every day to help you choose a variety of foods from each food group. It’s easy to make healthy choices for you and the baby growing inside of you!

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Fibre During Pregnancy: What to Eat During Pregnancy

Many women experience digestive tract problems during pregnancy. These range from constipation to hemorrhoids. These problems can be easily minimized or eliminated by having enough fibre during pregnancy. A well-planned diet including a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, peas, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds will help you reach the recommended daily fibre intake of 28 grams. For most digestive problems, there's a simple explanation and a way fibre can help to alleviate it.

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