Pregnancy and Excessive Weight Gain

19 Oct

First, let me be clear – you are supposed to gain weight while pregnant. Pregnancy is not a time to diet. However, it’s really important to understand how much weight you are supposed to gain. See this handy-dandy chart:

And the weight you’re supposed to gain all goes to good things (again, a handy chart):

BUT . . . if you gain more than you ought to, the weight goes to fat, not any of the good, needed stuff. How to avoid that? Be aware of how many more calories you actually need to consume while pregnant. Eating for two doesn’t actually mean doubling your caloric intake. In fact, it’s actually much less than you would think!

During your first trimester you don’t need any additional calories. That’s right – zero!

During your second trimester, you need an extra 300 calories a day compared to your pre-pregnancy diet. That’s a glass of whole milk and some peanut butter and toast. Not much, right?

During your third trimester, you need an additional 450 calories compared to your pre-pregnancy diet. You can add an apple to your peanut butter and toast snack. 🙂

So, remember, you may be eating for two, but that #2 is a very tiny person! He or she doesn’t need 2,000 calories a day!

How did you keep those extra pregnancy pounds off?


One Response to “Pregnancy and Excessive Weight Gain”

  1. Fantastico October 19, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Wow – I didn’t realize that you needed so few extra calories when pregnant. But you do have a point – if you gain useless fat during pregnancy, it will become very difficult to lose it afterwards. The “eating for two” idea has really made it seem that women do need to double their food intake. This all sounds very vain until you realize that an unhealthy diet has some real effects on a baby. Aside from the well known dangers such as alcohol and coffee , too much sugar can cause a baby to not only have diabetic imbalances, but will also make the baby larger – a real danger for a mom (particularly a smaller sized one).

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