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  • Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby

    Eating healthy is important long before pregnancy to make sure that right from the beginning a mother’s body can meet the demands of her developing baby. Canada’s Food Guide is designed to meet the nutritional needs of pregnancy. Every day eat a variety of foods from each of the four food groups. In the second […]

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  • Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy

    Weight and weight gain are sensitive topics at any stage of life. The Health Unit aims to give information to maintain a healthy weight gain to reduce health risks to mom and baby, during pregnancy and beyond. How much weight should I gain during pregnancy? The recommended amount of weight gain during pregnancy depends on […]

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  • Vitamins and Minerals

    Important Vitamins and Minerals During Pregnancy Nutrient What it Does How Much? Folic acid Helps to prevent birth defects like spina bifida 0.4 mg Iron Needed to make extra blood for baby. 16-20 mg Vitamin D and Calcium Help to build baby’s bones and teeth. Eat more vitamin D and calcium rich foods – cow’s […]

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  • Food Safety During Pregnancy

    There are certain foods that women should not eat during pregnancy because they may make you sick or be dangerous to your baby. These include: Raw fish and shellfish (ex: sushi, ray oysters and clams) Undercooked meat, poultry and seafood (including hot dogs, deli-meats) Unpasteurized milk, juice or cider Soft and semi-soft cheeses made with […]

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  • Caffeine and Herbal Teas

    Need your morning coffee or tea? Your baby might not! When you drink caffeinated beverages, it moves from your bloodstream into the baby’s bloodstream. For this reason it is important to keep your caffeine intake to less than 300mg per day. One cup of coffee contains 100-300mg caffeine per cup depending on the strength. One […]

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  • Mercury and Fish in Pregnancy

    Does eating seafood while pregnant seem fishy? You’re not alone in thinking so! Pregnant women are bombarded with information about what they can’t eat during pregnancy, but pregnant woman can and should eat fish (with a few exceptions). Most types of fish are a healthy choice for pregnant women. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which […]

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  • Artificial Sweeteners in Pregnancy

    Artificial sweeteners are sugar substitutes that have a sweet taste. Current research shows that most artificial sweeteners are safe to consume in moderation during pregnancy, including sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, and sugar alcohols. Cyclamate and saccharin are the only two that should be avoided. The only concern of consuming sweeteners is that you may be […]

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