While pregnant women do eat for two, they should not double their caloric intake. An expectant mother should take in an extra 300 - 400 calories per day. "If you eat for two, you will become two people!" OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "You will have to lose that person after, and it's really, really hard. What you want to do is you want to eat healthily."
Pregnant women should eat 1,800 to 3,000 calories per day, depending on their pre-pregnancy weight. "Remember, you want to put things in your body that are going to make your baby heathy," Dr. Lisa says.
When you are pregnant, you want to make sure you are doing the right thing at each meal. Dr. Lisa explains which foods you should feel free to eat, and which you should leave off your plate when pregnant.
FOODS TO EAT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING
• Eat your fruits and vegetables since they have beneficial vitamins. Four or more servings per day is ideal.
• Whole grains - six to nine servings per day
• Dairy products - four servings per day. Dairy products like low-fat yogurt are high in calcium, which helps strengthen your baby's teeth and bones.
• One serving of cooked fish per a week can help with your baby's eye and brain development.
• Foods high in iron like spinach.
• Foods high in folic acid like whole-grain cereals, nuts and seeds.
Dr. Lisa adds, "Once a week, give into a craving. Just once a week."
FOODS TO AVOID WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING
• Raw or undercooked fish, like sushi, or fish with high mercury levels.
• Cold cuts (meats) unless they're piping hot.
• Raw or undercooked eggs.
• Unpastuerized cheeses or milk (due to risk of listeria).
• Raw or undercooked meat. All meat needs to be well done.
• Unwashed vegetables.
• Liver and pâté, which contain vitamin A, and can cause birth defects.
• Excessive caffeine.
• Aboslutely no alcohol.
Losing the Baby Weight
In a healthy pregnancy, a woman can expect to gain between 25 and 35 pounds.
Baby: approximately 8 pounds
Placenta: approximately 2 pounds
Amniotic fluid: approximately 3 pounds
Uterus growth: approximately 4 pounds
Extra breast tissue: approximately 2 pounds
Increased blood supply: approximately 4 pounds
Increased fat storage: approximately 5 to 9 pounds
Overweight women who get pregnant again without losing their baby weight can put themselves and their developing fetus in danger. Dr. Lisa reveals the risks of obesity and chronic hypertension to a mother and her baby during pregnancy.