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HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU EAT WHEN PREGNANT?

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU EAT WHEN PREGNANT?
Growing a baby is hard work, and your body needs calories and nutrients to do the job well. But, surprisingly, you don’t need to eat much more than usual. Although it may be tempting to “eat for two”, it’s more important for baby’s and your own health to “think for two” and upgrade your dietary choices without overdoing your total dietary intake.

While all nutrient needs increase throughout pregnancy, in the first trimester your body does not yet need additional calories to support your baby (a developing fetus is small!). In the second and third trimester, your caloric needs do increase.

If you were a healthy weight before you became pregnant, you will need about 340 additional calories per day during your second trimester and about 450 additional calories per day during your third trimester; if you were under or overweight prior to getting pregnant, those numbers will go up or down accordingly. Gaining the right amount of weight can help decrease risks of pregnancy complications and offers lasting benefits for you and your baby.

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