During pregnancy, gaining weight is normal. In fact, it’s the best sign that your baby is growing.
Naturally, this means that you’ll need to eat a little more than usual. However, eating for two doesn’t mean doubling your portions.
During pregnancy your body becomes more efficient at absorbing nutrients from your food, so you don’t actually need any extra calories during the first three months.
That said, you do need to eat approximately 340 extra calories per day in the second trimester and an extra 450 calories in the third to support your baby’s growth.
However, stay mindful of your food choices. It’s also important not to overeat, since eating too many calories can be just as harmful as not eating enough.
Overeating during pregnancy increases your baby’s obesity risk later in life. Excess calories also make you gain more weight than necessary. This can increase your risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy, termed gestational diabetes
High blood sugar levels during pregnancy can even increase the risk of miscarriage, birth defects and brain development problems.
Diabetes in pregnancy also increases the risk of your child developing heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes later in life
Excess weight gain also makes it more difficult for you to return to a healthy weight once your baby is born. Extra weight can also make it more challenging to give birth to healthy babies in future pregnancies.
Always remember your health first!