Women have unique nutritional needs at different life stages. These resources can help you learn about healthy eating before and during your pregnancy, and through menopause.
Healthy eating while you are pregnant provides you and your baby with the building blocks needed for growth and good health. Paying attention to food safety recommendations will help you to have a healthy pregnancy. Click on the links below to learn more.
- Food Safety During Pregnancy
- Healthy Eating for Pregnancy
- Healthy Eating Guidelines for Women with Gestational Diabetes
- Pregnancy and Nutrition: Folate and Neural Tube Defects (HealthLinkBC File #38c)
Many women look to medication, supplements and dietary changes to help manage the symptoms of menopause. This resource gives diet recommendations to help you feel your best and maintain your health as you age.
The HealthyFamilies BC website provides useful information on general healthy eating and provides up-to-date and practical information, useful tools and resources for women, expectant parents, and families with babies and toddlers.
BC Centre for Disease Control – Pregnancy and Food Safety
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. They provide provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, prevention, and consultation. They also provide direct diagnostic and treatment services to people with diseases that may affect public health. This resource provides information on pregnancy and food safety, with tips on how you can make the best choices for you and your baby.
Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health. These Health Canada resources provide information on safe levels of caffeine consumption for different ages and stages, and guidelines to help women learn about nutrition and healthy eating during pregnancy and their childbearing years.
Healthy Weights for Women
Healthy Weights for Women provides information from the BC Perinatal Health Program on healthy weights for women when planning a pregnancy, while pregnant, and after giving birth. It also includes information for Health Care Providers.
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) – The Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
The Public Health Agency of Canada is the Federal Agency responsible for promoting health, preventing and controlling chronic diseases and injuries, preventing and controlling infectious diseases, and preparing and responding to public health emergencies. This resource provides information on lifestyle choices that can help ensure a healthy pregnancy, including information on prenatal nutrition, folic acid, alcohol, smoking, exercise, oral health and emotional health.