Eating for Two - Hitting the Food Jackpot?

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Eating for Two - Hitting the Food Jackpot?

April 26, 2018
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I’m pregnant! Look out favorite fried chicken place, here I come!

Before you throw back all those extra calories here are a few things you should know about “eating for two”.

  • You really only need an extra 300 calories a day.  That’s the calorie count of a typical sandwich or one candy bar.   
  • Your weight gain should be around 25-35 pounds.  If you are overweight at the beginning of your pregnancy, you should gain around 15- 25 pounds.  If you are underweight at the beginning of your pregnancy, you should gain 28- 40 pounds. Your doctor will discuss weight gain that is specific for you.  You may be carrying more than one baby and that will make a difference.

The Good Stuff

  • Remember that food guide you learned in the 3rd grade? It’s time to dust it off, because as it turns out, these are the foods that are healthy for you and your baby!
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Chicken, Turkey, Pork, Lean beef, Eggs, Beans, Nuts ( Protein )
  • Whole Grain Bread, Brown Rice
  • Milk, Cheese, Yogurt ( Dairy )
  • Drink 6- 8 glasses of water a day
  • Make sure you take a Pre-Natal vitamin every day.

The No No’s

  • Try to stay away from fried and fast foods, food and drinks with lots of sugar, caffeine.
  • Cut back on salty food. Too much salt can lead to swelling and high blood pressure.
  • NO raw and undercooked meats, raw fish, fish with high levels of mercury or raw eggs.
  • No raw cookie dough-  Sorry!   
  • Hotdogs and deli lunch meat should be heated before eaten.

It’s normal and fun to crave unusual food combinations when you are pregnant, but let your doctor know if you are craving things that aren’t food or if you experience severe nausea and vomiting.

Enjoy your late night pizza craving, but everything in moderation...

                                                                 It'll be the best weight you've ever gained! 

The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and is not meant for diagnosis or treatment. Any information found on this site should be discussed with a healthcare professional. Use of this information should be done in accordance with the health care plan outlined by your healthcare professional. For specific medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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