Weight Control and Pregnancy
When pregnant, you need to consume about 300 extra calories a day, and as an average-sized woman you can expect to gain between 25 and 35 pounds of weight overall. (FDA).
That said, a baked potato has 120 calories, so getting those extra 300 calories doesn’t mean eating “for two people!”
The best approach for weight control and good health, is to eat nutrient-dense foods from all major food groups and steer clear of less nutritious calorie-dense foods like junk-food and foods high in refined sugars. Thus a high-fat diet should also be avoided. It is also important to continue to eat well after the birth, especially if you are breastfeeding your baby, which requires an extra 500 calories a day diet.Weight Control and Health Requires Good Nutrition