It's likely you'll be encouraged to have extra food or indulge in extra snacks because ‘you’re eating for two now’.
Much as this might be tempting, it's simply not true! Eating lots of extra food now that you're pregnant will not help your baby, and will leave you with lots of extra weight that you may struggle to lose when your baby is born. This is especially true if the extra food you are reaching for is high in empty calories, fat and sugar.
Your baby takes everything they need from you for the first six months without you needing any extra calories at all. Once you get to the last trimester, you may need to eat a bit more. This is only around 200 extra calories a day, though, which is around half a sandwich.
Our film shows exactly how many calories are in some common foods
Instead of eating extra food in pregnancy concentrate on eating a balanced diet with lots of healthy foods.
How much should you eat in pregnancy? During most of your pregnancy you do not need to take in extra calories (over the recommended 2,000 a day for women). In the third trimester you should eat an extra 200 extra calories a day.
Now that you’re pregnant, it’s important to eat well. Good nutrition will keep you healthy and help your baby grow and develop.
Now you're pregnant, people may tell you to have second helpings or to eat more treats '...because you're eating for two'. It’s not true and is likely to lead to extra weight gain.
Common questions about diet in pregnancy answered.
It's always important to have plenty of fluids during pregnancy. Not having enough to drink can affect you and your baby.
After the recent report by the Food Standards Agency into the Campylobacter bug in supermarket chicken we’ve had lots of people calling us asking whether it’s OK to eat chicken in pregnancy.
ℹLast reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.