Why pregnant women SHOULDN’T be eating for 2

A new study suggests things aren't clear when it comes to pregnancy diet...


It seems there’s still lots of confusion around whether or not we should be ‘eating for 2’ during pregnancy ?


It’s recently been revealed that 2 out of 3 of us don’t know how much we’re supposed to eat while we’re pregnant, according to a new study by the National Charity Partnership (NCP).

The NCP – Diabetes UK, Tesco and The British Heart Foundation – surveyed 2100 women, and found that only a third knew that it’s actually not recommended to eat enough for 2 people when expecting.

We reckon it’s time to debunk that myth once and for all…

Where did the whole ‘eating for 2’ idea come from, then?

For years, doctors promoted the idea of eating for 2, and as a result, many people still abide by this old-fashioned saying.

After all, it sounds pretty great. Who doesn’t want to double up on cake portions every once in a while? ??

Even celeb mums like Jessica Simpson and Hilary Duff have embraced the old wives’ tale, and talked about it in the media.

In an interview not long after the birth of her son, Luca, Hilary said: “My whole life I’ve worked out and exercised and been in the public eye and always kind of watched what I ate – and this [pregnancy] was like a free pass and it was a blast.”

You’re also bound to hear about it in casual jokes on TV, and through the general grapevine.

However, researchers from Queen Mary University of London revealed in 2012 that around a third of British mums gain more than the recommended amount of weight while they are expecting.

So now, doctors are now trying to change the way people think about pregnancy weight gain, and how much they’re eating.

How much should you actually eat during pregnancy?

According to the National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE), you don’t need to eat anything extra during the 1st 6 months of your pregnancy.

Basically, that means: you’re fine to stick to the typically-recommended 2000 calories per day.

However, in your 3rd trimester, you’re advised to bump up your calories just a smidge. NICE recommends consuming an extra 200 calories per day when you’re in 6th, 7th and 8th month of pregnancy.

(That’s roughly 2 pieces of toast, 2 small bananas, or a small bar of chocolate.)

Why you should watch your pregnancy weight

We hope it goes without saying that the odd treat is practically an essential in our book ?

However, it is important for you and your baby that you follow a healthy, nutritious diet while you’re expecting ?

That’s because maintaining a balanced diet actually help reduce the risk of potential weight-related pregnancy problems.

“Women who are overweight during pregnancy are at an increased risk of having a miscarriage,” explains Professor Janice Rymer, vice president of education for the Royal College of Gynaecologists (RCOG), to the BBC.

“And developing conditions such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia.”

“They are also more likely to have a premature baby, require a Caesarean section, experience a haemorrhage after birth or develop a clot which can be life-threatening.

“In addition, overweight women have bigger babies who are themselves more likely to become obese and have significant health problems as a result.”

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