Food Safety and Pregnancy
Food safety is especially important during pregnancy. The hormones in pregnancy change the immune system, making it more likely for a pregnant woman to get a foodborne illness (food poisoning). Even if you don’t feel sick, the microorganisms that cause food-borne illness can cause serious harm to your baby. Take extra care with food when you are pregnant.
Diabetes in Pregnancy1
It is common for pregnant women to have high blood sugar during pregnancy. This is called gestational diabetes. Following Canada’s Food Guide and staying physically active can help promote healthy blood sugar levels. Eating smaller meals more often can also help with blood sugars. All women should be tested for diabetes in pregnancy. Speak to your healthcare provider about your blood sugar test.
Caffeine and Pregnancy
Too much caffeine is not good for you or your baby. Health Canada recommends that all women who can become pregnant, are pregnant or breastfeeding have no more than 300 mg of caffeine a day. Be aware of how much caffeine you are getting from coffee, tea and other foods and beverages. Drinking water, milk or unsweetened fortified soy beverages are better choices.
For more information about nausea, vomiting, heartburn and constipation during pregnancy, view the Nutrition Connections Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby booklet.
Changes in Your Body During Pregnancy
During the 9 months of pregnancy your body goes through many changes. Changes in body shape and weight were needed to support a healthy pregnancy. Choosing a variety of foods, eating regularly throughout the day, and participating in joyful movement helps pregnant people feel their best. Approach your body changes with kindness. Role model body acceptance with your child.