Pregnant and nursing mothers require adequate amounts of essential nutrients each day in order to nourish healthy growth and development. Learn more about Carbohydrates.
What Does It Do?
- They supply half of your body's energy:
- Complex carbohydrates (such as whole grain products) provide sustained energy
- Simple carbohydrates (such as fruit juice) are good for quick bursts of energy
- Carbohydrates are the preferred source of energy for brain and muscle tissue, and spare protein from being used for energy.
How Much Do We Need?
It is recommended that pregnant women get 175 g of carbohydrates per day, and 210 g per day for breastfeeding moms.
Where Can I Get Them?
- Whole grains, beans
- Vegetables and fruits
- Potatoes, rice, pasta
- Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide recommends that you make at least half of your grain products whole grain each day.