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Maternal Diet & Health During Pregnancy & Lactation

Maternal Diet & Health During Pregnancy & Lactation

McKenzie Pediatrics

A mother’s nutritional status, diet and lifestyle influence pregnancy and lactation outcomes, and can have lasting effects on her offspring’s health. This educational handout reviews current nutrition and nutrition-related recommendations for women during pregnancy and lactation.

Before Pregnancy

To optimize conception and pregnancy outcomes, women should strive to enter pregnancy with a Body Mass Index (BMI) within the normal range (18.5-24.9). The recommended weight gain during pregnancy ranges from 25 to 35 pounds if a normal pre-pregnancy BMI, 15-25 pounds if overweight (BMI 25-29.9), and 11-20 pounds if obese (BMI >30).

During Pregnancy

During Lactation