Should I Be Eating for Two When Pregnant?

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Should I Be Eating for Two When Pregnant?

Today I have our PregActive Dietitian Carla who will answer your question of 'Should i be eating for two when pregnant?'

So, lets keep it simple.

Should I Be Eating for Two When Pregnant?


While you have cravings, you may sometimes feel as if you want to eat twice as much, but that’s not what is recommended.

You see, your body becomes more efficient during pregnancy. It is able to absorb more of the nutrients you eat.

Eating twice as much does not double your chances of having a healthy baby. It does not double their nutrients. What it will do is this!

It will likely mean excessive weight gain for you, which can put you at risk for pregnancy complications.

Institute of Medicine Recommendations

The Institute of Medicine says if you're a healthy weight, you need no additional calories in the first trimester.

You need 340 extra calories a day in the second trimester. And about 450 extra calories a day in the third trimester.

If you're over-weight or under-weight, your requirements will be more dependent on your weight gain goal.

How can I get all the nutrients I need?

Your goal is to eat healthy foods. Safe foods. And get the required nutrients both you and baby needs.

Tips for maximizing nutrition during pregnancy:

1. Eat a variety of foods.

2. Plan meals and snacks based on the requirements outlined in the USDA Choose My Plate site for pregnant woman.

3. Avoid sugary beverages, fried foods, foods with extra fat and sugar.

4. Choose foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. (e.g pick whole-grain bread or brown rice over refined white bread or white rice)

5. Eat fats, oils, and sweets sparingly. And be sure to choose healthy fats.

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