Prenatal Nutrition

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 This link opens 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:

Last update: November 29, 2016 1:06 PM

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