It is essential that a pregnant woman get all the nutrients and energy necessary for the fetus to develop while maintaining her own health. Pregnant women must have a nutritious and balanced diet because their bodies experience major changes throughout pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, it is recommended that you follow Canada’s Food Guide. It suggests eating two to three extra servings daily from any food group, in addition to the recommended daily servings for women. For example:
- Have an extra piece of toast at breakfast and drink an extra glass of milk at supper
- Have a fruit and yoghurt for a snack
Help and Resources
Resources for help and support
- The OLO Program offers pregnant women experiencing socio-economic difficulty access to essential food items (eggs, milk, oranges) and vitamin supplements. This program is offered by the Fondation OLO . If you wish to participate, contact your integrated health and social services centre (CISSS) or your integrated university health and social services centre (CIUSSS). To find contact info for your CISSS or CIUSSS, go to Finding a Resource.
- Info-Santé 811 is a telephone consultation service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, everywhere in Québec.
You can get more information on nutrition and diet during pregnancy at the following websites:
- From Tiny Tot to Toddler: A Practical Guide for Parents from Pregnancy to Age Two
Institut national de santé publique du Québec
- Becoming a Parent
Espace Citoyens du gouvernement du Québec (citizen space on the government of Québec website)
- The Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator
Food Safety for Pregnant Women
Government of Canada
- Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women section
Extenso, Centre de référence sur la nutrition de l’Université de Montréal (website in French only)
Last update: 29 November 2016, 19:57