Yen Tran, MD
3 minute read
By the end of a pregnancy, women on average gain between 25-35 pounds of weight. Some women feel that during this time they can eat as much as they want and not feel guilty for overindulging. After all, you are eating for two, right?
The saying that ‘you are eating for two’ when pregnant is an age-old myth. While pregnant, women can absorb more of the nutrients from the foods they are eating. So, eating more food will only double the chances of suffering from pregnancy complications. In fact, studies show that women who do ‘eat for two’ end up gaining an excessive amount of weight and increase their risk of developing gestational diabetes, backaches and high blood pressure.
Also, women who don’t eat enough run the risk of having babies born at a low birth rate and infants who are more prone to health problems, so it’s important to eat balanced meals.
In general, when a woman is pregnant she should consume more nutritious foods to keep her baby healthy. However, she should make sure not to overdo it. Here is a breakdown of how many additional calories should be consumed during each trimester:
For additional information on what foods you should be consuming and how much of it, please contact your physician.
Content reviewed by Yen Tran, MD, MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center
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