Prenatal Nutrition

The Prenatal Nutrition Guidelines are based on the 2007 Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. The guidelines reflect Health Canada’s recommendations for prenatal nutrition and can continue to be used as a reference for health professionals.

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.

Prenatal Nutrition Guidelines for Health Professionals

Background Information

  • The Background on Canada's Food Guide describes the process used to inform the development of dietary guidance for pregnant and breastfeeding women found in Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide.
  • Members of an Expert Advisory Group generously gave their time and expertise to help prepare the prenatal nutrition guidelines and resources for health professionals. Health Canada also received valuable input from stakeholders through open consultation periods.

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