Eating for two is a myth, here’s what you need to know
The reasons explained why eating for two is not the way to go
Don’t eat for two
If you’ve been eating sensibly for years, when you get pregnant it’s tempting to reach for the biscuit tin and gorge the whole gorgeous lot. But the truth is ‘eating for two’ in pregnancy is a myth and you don’t need many extra calories. The best thing for you and you baby is eating a healthy, varied pregnancy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables. And with obesity in pregnancy a fast-growing problem, it’s best to go easy on foods that are high in fat and sugar.
Healthy weight gain
The NHS quotes average weight gain in pregnancy is between 10kg–12.5kg, although there are no official guidelines and the amount of weight gained will depend on how much you weighed before you became pregnant.
What you need
You don’t need any extra calories right up until the third trimester, when you start needing an extra 200 calories a day. That isn't much - about the same as two slices of wholegrain toast with margarine.
If you feel hungry, you do need to eat! Just avoid fatty, sugary foods and opt for nutritious, satisfying snacks like fruit, low fat yoghurt or a glass of milk.
Tackling excess weight gain
Unfortunately, obesity in pregnancy is a fast-growing problem with 20–40% of women in Europe and the US, gaining more than they need to. Obesity can cause serious problems for mums-to-be, and may increase the chances of your baby becoming obese in later life too. Keeping physically active during your pregnancy along with a healthy, balanced diet can help to minimise excess weight gain. If you’re concerned, chat to a dietician who can develop a safe weight management programme.