Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Make your health a priority during this special time.
Making healthy food choices along with regular physical activity will help fuel your baby’s growth and keep you healthy during pregnancy and while you are breastfeeding.
Get Your Plan
Your calorie needs will likely be different during pregnancy and while you are breastfeeding. Get your MyPlate Plan to learn how many calories you may need. Work closely with your healthcare provider to determine the right amount of calories for you, based on a variety of factors.
Make Safe Choices
- Food Safety During Pregnancy
You and your unborn child are more susceptible to the effects of foodborne illnesses. Take special care to keep foods safe and to avoid certain foods that increase your risk.
- During pregnancy, make sure that seafood, meat, poultry, or eggs have been cooked to the recommended safe minimum internal temperatures.
- Avoid consuming unpasteurized (raw) juice or milk, raw sprouts, or some soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk.
- Reheat deli and luncheon meats and hot dogs to steaming hot or 165°F.
- More information is available at CDC's Maternal Diet webpage.
- Food Allergies in Your Child
When making food and beverage choices, unless you are advised by your healthcare provider, you do not need to restrict your choices during pregnancy or while breastfeeding to prevent food allergies from developing in your child.
Pregnant women and women who may become pregnant should not drink alcohol. Drinks containing alcohol include beer, wine, liquor, mixed drinks, malt beverages, etc. No amount of alcohol is safe for your baby when you are pregnant. Talk with your doctor before considering drinking alcohol while you are breastfeeding. No alcohol consumption is the safest option.
Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, and soda. Consult your healthcare provider for advice about consuming caffeine during pregnancy and while you are breastfeeding.
Healthy Eating for Women Who Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Nutrition While Breastfeeding
Your Guide to Breastfeeding
Infant and Nutrition Feeding Guide