01.11.2014

Healthy pregnancy calorie intake

Your caloric intake during pregnancy is one of the most important ways you can ensure your baby is getting all the nutrients she needs. First trimester: You actually won't likely need any additional calories during your first trimester. Of course there are other exceptions to this formula (for example, if you're a teenager or were significantly underweight to begin with, you'll probably need more calories).


If you're gaining weight too quickly, on the other hand, you're likely getting more calories than you need — and it can have negative health consequences for you and your baby including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and preterm birth.
And if you were overweight or obese before getting pregnant, you might need to aim for a somewhat lower caloric intake during pregnancy (of course while you still meet all nutrient requirements and focus on high-quality foods full of baby-building nutrients). If you're still having trouble gaining enough weight, speak with your practitioner, since taking in enough calories over time can slow the growth of your baby.


If you conceived at a normal weight, during pregnancy you should gain about three to four pounds during the first trimester, then about one pound per week in the second and third trimesters.



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