How Many Extra Calories Should You Consume When Pregnant
There’s that old cliché out there that being pregnant means that you’re eating for two. That’s definitely true, since the mother’s diet is going to affect the health, well-being, and weight of the unborn child. So since you’re eating for two, you may wonder just how much extra you need to be eating for that second person inside of you. That’s a question we field a lot at our New Jersey in vitro fertilization (IVF) center. While the answer will vary depending on your own dietary needs and your weight, we’ll give some general advice that you should consider.
Now, if you’ve just found out that you’re pregnant, first of all, congratulations. As for your diet during your first trimester, most women will want to increase their caloric intake to ensure proper fetal health and that the unborn child develops properly. This means up to 300 extra calories consumed per day. (You’re still eating for two, of course, but that second person is not a full grown adult.)
During the second trimester, you’ll want to maintain that extra caloric consumption, though some recommend upping the extra calories to 350 extra calories a day. As you reach your final trimester, some experts suggest adding up to an extra 500 calories per day until childbirth.
So how much weight can you expect to gain from pregnancy? This again will vary depending on your body type and lifestyle prior to pregnancy. For women of a generall normal weight range for their age and height, gaining 25 to 30 pounds is common.
Again, all of these numbers will vary depending on your pre-pregnancy diet and weight. You need to discuss these matters in detail with your doctor or obstetrician.
To learn more about dietary concerns while pregnant as well as New Jersey infertility testing and other fertility issues, be sure to contact our New Jersey fertility centers. We look forward to meeting with you in person.Tags: Diet, Pregnancy