When you are pregnant, eating a healthy diet is important. Although many people will say you are eating for “two,” really you only need to increase your calorie intake by 300 calories per day during pregnancy to help support your growing baby. Three hundred calories is equivalent to a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread. It is important to choose nutrient-dense foods such as lean meats, low fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grain products. Pregnancy is a time to eat more foods that are nutrient-dense, and fewer sweets and treats—even though those pregnancy cravings may be telling you otherwise!
Weight gain should be slow and gradual. You should gain about two to four pounds during your first three months of pregnancy and one pound a week for the remainder of the pregnancy. A woman of average weight before pregnancy can expect to gain 15 to 35 pounds during the pregnancy. You may need to gain more or less depending on whether you are underweight (aim to gain 28-40lbs) or overweight (aim to gain11-25lbs) prior to pregnancy. Recommendations also differ if you are carrying more than one baby.
Remember to discuss a healthy diet with your doctor. They will be able to monitor your weight gain during pregnancy and help you adjust your diet as needed.