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Prenatal Health and Your Baby

CDHF

Written by: CDHF

Updated: November 15th, 2022

If you are reading this, you may be embarking on one of the most exciting times in your life – motherhood. Your nutritional and overall health, before and during pregnancy, influences the health of your developing baby. That is why we have partnered with Abbott Nutrition.

First things first, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy has benefits for both you and your growing baby. Your first job as a mom is making healthy and informed nutrition decisions. Some nutrients are critical for the healthy growth and development of your baby.  

First things first, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy has benefits for both you and your growing baby. Your first job as a mom is making healthy and informed nutrition decisions. Some nutrients are critical for the healthy growth and development of your baby.  

You may be asking yourself if there’s a magic formula for a healthy pregnancy or adopting a diet that can provide the best nourishment for your baby. The answer is no. In fact, during pregnancy, the basic principles of eating healthy remain the same. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, Canada’s Food Guide lists a variety of foods that offer benefit and balance to you and your growing baby. Essential nutrients to consider are:  

Folic acid (also known as folate)  

Protein 

*Canada’s 2019 Food Guide recommends choosing protein from a variety of sources, including plant-based proteins. Plant-based protein can provide more fibre and less saturated fat than traditional types of protein sources.  

Iron 

*When choosing non-meat sources of iron, serve them alongside vitamin C-rich foods to enhance iron absorption.  

Calcium 

Vitamin D 

Omega-3 fats 

Vitamin C 

HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE! 

Water is your best friend during pregnancy! It is SO important that you hydrate. Early in pregnancy, fluid needs will increase to support your changing body and developing baby. Drinking enough fluids helps fight fatigue and even helps with constipation.  

Key messages on healthy eating during pregnancy:

Note: These general guidelines are not meant to replace healthcare professional advice. Talk to your doctor or dietitian for more information.

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