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 approach offers pregnant women living in socioeconomic hardship access to nutritional follow-up care during pregnancy, including vouchers that can be exchanged for food items (eggs, milk, vegetables), and vitamin supplements, essential for an unborn baby’s proper development. This follow-up care, offered by Fondation Olo, is generally provided by a nurse or a nutritionist in CLSCs across Québec and in some community organizations. Care providers also help women and their family develop healthy eating habits. If you would like to join the Olo program, you must make an appointment with the Olo coordinator at your CLSC. To find the contact information for your CLSC, go to the Finding a CLSC section.
If you would like to find out more about nutrition and healthy eating during the perinatal period, the Fondation Olo website also has a blog with articles, videos, recipes and tools to help you plan and save money while eating well.
- 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
- 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: October 8, 2019