Healthy Eating and Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Expectant mothers can help themselves and their baby by taking good care of their health before, during and after pregnancy.

You May Have Lots of Questions

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?

We Have Lots of Answers

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada can provide concrete answers to your healthy pregnancy questions.

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

  • Follow Canada's Food Guide to make healthy eating choices for you and your baby.
    Have cooked fish each week. Fish contains omega-3 fats and other important nutrients for pregnancy.
  • All women who could become pregnant and those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should take a multivitamin containing 0.4mg of folic acid every day. Pregnant women should also ensure that their multivitamin contains 16-20mg of iron.
  • Follow food safety advice and avoid eating foods that are a higher risk to you during your pregnancy.

Healthy Weight Gain

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