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Healthful, nutritious food is important during pregnancy, childhood and beyond

Making healthy choices during pregnancy can increase a woman’s chances of having a healthy baby, and can support healthy eating habits for life.

Healthy eating during pregnancy

  • gives the developing baby nutrition to grow and be healthy
  • reduces the chances of health problems for the mother (such as low iron or high blood pressure)
  • helps the mother gain a healthy amount of weight and feel good about herself

Some foods and beverages should be avoided or limited during pregnancy
For example, there is no safe time to drink alcohol during a pregnancy.

Breast milk is the only food that babies need to grow and be healthy for the first 6 months of life
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed babies. Drinking alcohol during breastfeeding can pass into the breast milk. The safest choice is for women to not drink alcohol when breastfeeding. Learn more about breastfeeding and alcohol.

At about 6 months, babies begin to eat solid foods and continue to breastfeed for up to 2 years or more
It is important to start solid foods that are nutritious, especially those that are high in iron. Nutritious foods nourish the body and give energy to lead a healthy, active lifestyle (Government of Canada, 2013). Healthy eating is important to good health at all ages.  Eating the right foods can also help reduce the risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer (Government of Canada, 2013).

Service providers can provide key information on healthy eating
Expectant and new parents or caregivers may have many questions about healthy food and healthy eating in pregnancy and early parenting. Service providers can provide resources and referrals to community supports, such as dietitians, food banks and community kitchens.  

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D13-B - Folic Acid - Poster / Acide folique - affiche

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Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This poster shares key messages about taking a multivitamin with folic acid prior to conception and eating foods rich in folate. It is English on one side and French on the other side.

Available in print and PDF.

Centre de Ressources Meilleur Départ, 2010

Cette affiche inclut des messages clés sur la nécessité de prendre des suppléments vitaminés contenant de l’acide folique avant la conception et d’avoir une alimentation riche en folate. Elle est en français d'un côté et en anglais de l'autre.

Disponible en format imprimé et PDF.

D12-F - Nourrir votre bébé - De six mois à un an - livret

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Centre de ressources Meilleur Départ et Centre de Ressources en Nutrition, révisé en 2015

Cette ressource, adaptée de celle de Peel Public Health, est conçue pour aider les parents à introduire des aliments solides dans l’alimentation de leurs enfants.

Disponible en format imprimé et PDF.

D12-E - Feeding Your Baby - From Six Months to 1 Year - Booklet

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Best Start Resource Centre and Nutrition Resource Centre, revised 2015

This resource, adapted from Peel Public Health, is designed to help parents introduce their infants to solid foods.

Available in print and PDF.

D10-F - Comment nourrir votre enfant (de 2 à 5 ans) - brochure

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Centre de Ressources Meilleur Départ et Centre de Ressources en Nutrition, révisé en 2016

Cette ressource facilement compréhensible, adaptée du Vancouver Coastal Health, fournit de l’information sur l’alimentation des enfants de 2 à 5 ans.

Disponible en format imprimé et PDF.

D10-E - How to Feed Your Growing Child (2 to 5 yrs old) - Brochure

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Best Start Resource Centre and the Nutrition Resource Centre, revised 2016

This low-literacy brochure was adapted from Vancouver Coastal Health. It provides information on feeding children from age two to five.

Available in print and PDF.

D08-F - Bien manger pour avoir un bébé en santé - livret

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Produit par le Centre de ressources Meilleur départ et le Centre de ressources en nutrition, révisé en 2012

Ce livret de 36 pages contient des informations pour les femmes enceintes concernant la nutrition durant la grossesse. Il répond aux inquiétudes et aux questions contemporaines sur la consommation d'alcool, de café, de poisson, les aliments sécuritaires, la prise de poids et l’activité physique. Il propose également un questionnaire sur la nutrition, des tables de référence et des recettes simples.

Disponible en format imprimé en anglais et en francais.
Disponible en format PDF en anglais, français, arabe, chinois (simplifié), espagnol, hindi, ourdou, punjabi, tagalog et tamoul.

D08-E - Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby - Booklet

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Best Start Resource Centre and the Nutrition Resource Centre, revised 2012

This 36 page booklet provides information for pregnant women on nutrition in pregnancy. It addresses current concerns and questions such as alcohol and fish consumption, food safety, weight gain and physical activity. A nutrition quiz, charts and recipes are also included.

Available in print in English and French.
Available in PDF in English, French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu

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