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 healthy diet because their bodies experience major changes throughout pregnancy.

Make sure that you include a variety of nutritious food in your meals and snacks and that you adopt healthy eating habits such as those recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. Go to the page Healthy eating to find out more.

You should drink water throughout the day too. Water is the best way to quench your thirst. Drink water instead of 100% pure fruit juice, fruit drinks, soft drinks and other sugary drinks. Go to the page Water, the drink of choice to stay hydrated to find out more.

Help and resources

Resources for help and support

  • The OLO Program offers pregnant women experiencing socio-economic difficulty access to essential food items and vitamin supplements. This program is offered by the Fondation OLO This hyperlink will open in a new window.. 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.

Helpful websites

You can get more information on nutrition and diet during pregnancy at the following websites: