First edition published online April 2006; reprint and revisions November 2008, update to recommendations March 2009, weight gain guidance superceded June 2014.
This background paper provides evidence-based population health advice for pregnant and breastfeeding women on healthy eating and being physically active. It is written for health practitioners and others who provide advice on nutrition and physical activity.
- Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women: A background paper (PDF, 825 KB)
The paper is supported by two health education resources for the general public:
For the latest recommendations on healthy weight gain, see Guidance for Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy, which updates and replaces the weight gain advice in this background paper.
For the latest food safety advice, go to Food and pregnancy on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.