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How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy: What "Eating for Two" Really Means

Your pregnancy appetite can be hard to handle. Here's how to make sure that you and baby are healthy when you're eating for two.

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Before you were pregnant, be honest, did you think eating for two meant doubling your daily portions? Consuming too many calories while pregnant can increase the risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also lead to a bigger baby who's more prone to obesity. Here are three ways to eat for two the healthy way. Know your number. If you had a healthy body weight before conception, you can afford about 300 extra calories a day throughout your pregnancy. Have four squares instead of three. Add one 300-calorie mini meal in the late morning or mid afternoon. Try 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on two slices of whole wheat toast, or have a cup of low-sodium vegetable soup and half a grilled cheese sandwich. Let your hunger guide you. Eat smaller portions of fruits, vegetables, grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy foods throughout the day. Choose fiber-rich produce such as raspberries and pears and whole grains. Protein-rich foods such as low-fat yoghurt help you stay full and satisfied. For more on pregnancy nutrition, check out parents.com.