Eating properly during pregnancy is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your baby -- and for yourself. You may be ravenous, but you really need only an additional 300 calories a day to gain the 25 to 35 pounds a normal-weight woman should throughout pregnancy, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). "That doesn't add up to much -- approximately three cups of skim milk," says Bridget Swinney, R.D., author of Eating Expectantly: A Practical and Tasty Approach to Prenatal Nutrition (Meadowbrook Press).
It's okay to give in to the occasional craving for Twinkies or ice cream, as long as you make smart choices about the nutrients you consume overall. Follow our eat-right guidelines to stay healthy yourself, and to help your unborn baby grow.