You will have to eat ‘For Two’ while you are pregnant
Fact - It goes without saying that pregnancy is an exciting and equally confusing time. With just about everyone you know introducing you to new supposed truths about pregnancy, it is common for you to get lost and not know what to believe. While most myths about pregnancy cannot be backed up with facts, a few of them may be worth your consideration. A pregnant woman only needs to add a portion of extra calories to support the baby and not have meals that are made for two people. The exact quantity of calories depends on the weight, height, level of activity of the women, as well as the trimester of pregnancy. On average, women need to consume about 300 additional calories during pregnancy. You do not need to eat any extra food in the first two trimesters of pregnancy. In the third
Information for women about how much they should eat during pregnancy is still not reaching many families, potentially putting the health of pregnant women and their unborn babies at risk.
A survey commissioned by the National Charity Partnership, a partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco, has found that more than two-thirds of pregnant women (69
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) is working with the National Charity Partnership to bust the ‘eating for two’ myth and make it easier for people to understand how to make healthy choices during pregnancy to avoid unhealthy weight gain.
Official National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance advises that “energy needs do not change in the first 6 months of pregnancy” and says women only require around 200 extra calories per day in the last trimester of pregnancy. This is equivalent to two pieces of wholegrain toast with olive oil spread or a small handful of nuts, seeds
According to the survey, more than one in three pregnant women believe they need to eat 300 or more extra calories each day and around six in ten (61
Professor Janice Rymer, Vice President of Education for the RCOG, said: “Eating too much during pregnancy and putting on too much weight can be detrimental to both mother and baby. Women who are overweight during pregnancy are at an increased risk of having a miscarriage and developing conditions such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure
How much to eat in pregnancy depending on the level of activity.
Here is an estimated guide on how much calories you need based on the level of exercise you are doing:
If you are less active
First two trimesters: 1,980 kcal
Third trimester: 2,180 kcal
First two trimesters: 2,150 kcal
Third trimester: 2,350 kcal
First two trimesters: 2,365kcal
Third trimester: 2,565kcal