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Pregnancy Dieting

While it may seem obvious to some folks, it’s most definitely worth stating: it’s not recommended that you diet during pregnancy. Your pregnancy is an important time for both you and for your baby. When you are pregnant, you need to pay serious attention to both nutrition and diet. Planning your diet in such a way as to lose weight or to not gain weight isn’t healthy for either one of you. During pregnancy, your focus should be on getting the right nutrients into your system so your baby can grow and develop properly.

During your pregnancy, you are supposed to gain weight. Pregnancy dieting ignores this basic fact. A woman who is in a normal weight range should expect to gain between 25 and 35 pounds when she is pregnant. Even an overweight woman should plan on gaining weight during pregnancy. Healthy weight gain for an overweight woman is in the 12 to 25 pound range. Women who are underweight should expect to gain significantly more, perhaps as much as 30 to 40 pounds over the course of their pregnancy.

All of that in mind, it’s important not to overdo it in terms of eating, either. You don’t need to consume twice as many calories when you’re pregnant. You only need about an additional 300 calories each day compared to what you would normally take in. Eating for two is more about the nutritional choices you make than it is about the volume of food you eat.

In terms of your pregnancy diet, you will want to make sure there are things that you are getting enough of. You should take in around three to five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. At least one of these vegetables should be a dark orange vegetable, and two of them should be leafy dark green vegetables. During pregnancy, your diet should include two servings of fish, chicken, extra-lean meats, or cooked peas or dried beans. You should make sure to have at least 8 glasses of water during pregnancy to avoid becoming dehydrated. You should also have around six servings of grains, and three servings of either low fat or nonfat milk products.

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