The first step you can take towards a healthy family is starting your child on a path to a healthy life by eating well during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Every pregnant woman needs to visit a health care provider regularly, in order to make sure both mother and baby are healthy from the very beginning.
Studies have shown that a child’s risk of becoming obese may begin before birth if the mother uses tobacco, gains excessive weight, or has diabetes. Additionally, children who are breastfed have a 22% lower risk of becoming obese. So, start your child on a path to a healthy weight by eating well at the start.
MyPlate Plan for Nursing Moms and Moms-to-Be
When a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding, she has special nutritional needs that can have a huge impact on the health of her baby. The Choose MyPlate Plan for Moms shows the foods and amounts that are right during pregnancy and when you are breastfeeding. Enter personal information for a quick estimate of what and how much you need to eat. Or, go to the MyPlate Super Tracker to see how food choices compare to nutritional needs and get tips and support to help you make healthier choices and plan ahead