Eating for two? Study shows moms need nutrient-dense foods, not double calories
CINCINNATI (WKRC) – When you are pregnant, the popular idea of “eating for two” is now not recommended, according to a new study.
Women's health specialists at the Cleveland Clinic that reviewed the research say that while mothers are often told to “double-up” on calories, what's actually needed is just a few hundred extra calories a day.
Those calories also need to be what's called “nutrient-dense calories.”
Researchers found that two out of three women who are pregnant don't gain the recommended amount of weight in pregnancy, which is about eleven to forty pounds depending on your weight at the start of the pregnancy.
Gaining proper weight can help reduce the risk for complications, which can include everything from diabetes to high blood pressure.
As always, if you have questions, ask your own OB/GYN or another health care provider what's right for you and your baby.