It might be tempting to take “eating for two” literally during pregnancy (particularly this week with Thanksgiving deliciousness on its way!), but experts say you simply don’t need all of those extra calories.
Pregnant women do need some extra calories to help their babies grow, but the average woman only needs to add 200-300 calories to her daily diet. You can get that from an extra glass of low-fat milk and 2 ounces of lean protein.
Diet experts say pregnant women should eat a variety of foods throughout the day and choose foods high in fiber to keep mom and baby feeling full longer.
Have one good source of folic acid each day. This is a very important nutrient for growing babies that can prevent many birth defects. Good sources of folic acid include broccoli, asparagus, spinach, dried beans and whole grains.
Foods and drinks to avoid include large doses of caffeine (no more than 300 mg per day), alcohol, saccharine, soft cheeses (which are often unpasteurized) and raw fish.
Do not diet or restrict calories dramatically for weight reduction during pregnancy, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.