I remember the days after first spying that positive pregnancy test feeling like I had a sudden free pass. As someone who struggled with extra weight through high school and college it finally seemed that I was going to be able to eat what I wanted and not worry about it, because I was eating for two. It didn’t take long for me to learn that what I thought to be true was really a myth. A teeny tiny fetus does not require the same calories as a full-grown person, or even a five-year-old for that matter.
According to WomensHealth.gov “…’eating for two’ doesn’t mean eating twice as much. Rather, it means that the foods you eat are the main source of nutrients for your baby.” Therefore, eating for two is really just a reminder that during pregnancy every single thing you eat is shared with your baby. Even though I wanted to eat double the ice cream I knew I couldn’t. Double the steamed broccoli? Now, that is another story!
It is generally accepted that a pregnant woman should eat about 300 additional calories per day, which is about an extra snack or two added into your day.
- Whole grain cereal with milk and fruit
- yogurt with berries and nuts
- Apple slices and peanut butter
- Sliced vegetable and hummus
- Kale chips
- Whole Grain pretzels and almond butter
- Trail mix
- Whole grain toast topped with peanut butter and sliced banana
- Hard boiled eggs
- Smoothie made with fresh fruit (add a handful of spinach to add even more nutrients)
- Cheese and crackers
- Green salads with sliced almonds and vegetables
The key is to remember to include a wide variety of foods in your diet. Make sure you are eating plenty of fresh healthy foods to help your baby grow. It is also important to remember to drink plenty of water to help your body keep up with the added demands pregnancy brings.
What are your favorite healthy pregnancy snacks or meals?