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Pregnant women need to eat. However, the most common misconception amongst pregnant women is that they need to eat twice because they have two mouths to feed. Sure, cravings will always come when a woman is pregnant, it does not always need to be satisfied.
True, in some cultures, not satisfying the cravings of pregnant women is bad. However, this is also the reason why pregnant women in those parts of the world tend to gain more weight than usual.
Yes, weight gain always comes with pregnancy, but it does not always mean that when you are pregnant, you need to munch on more food.
Research shows that a pregnant woman should only eat an extra 350 to 400 calories a day. On top of the average caloric needs of a woman, 2,500 calories is a safe bet for pregnant women.
To give you a clue on what 350 to 400 calories look like, it is only a snack. Approximately, it is one medium-sized apple and a single serving of yogurt. However, it could also be an average-sized glass of milk and one peanut butter sandwich. Sure, other types of food may be comprised of approximately 350 to 400 calories, but they may not be healthy calories.
Then again, it is important to keep in mind that some pregnant women engage themselves in mild physical activities and that can ramp up their daily caloric needs to 3,000 calories a day. However, these calories should only be from healthy and important food groups.
Another thing to remember is that women that breast-feed babies need to eat more than pregnant women do. Yes, it is quite shocking. However, it is in line with the fact that women that nurse their babies need to eat more because their babies get their food from them.
Still, much research is still ongoing when it comes to how much food a pregnant women actually needs to eat. This is because the individual’s metabolism, unique calorie needs, etc, affect how much they need to eat, more so when it comes to pregnant women.
Sure, feeding two mouths may have some truth in it, but I will not bet on it being wholly true and if you do not want to pack on too much weight during pregnancy, you may need to watch what you are eating.
Go to a nutritionist and visit your gynecologist regularly to make sure that you get the daily nutrition you need and that your baby is as healthy as it needs to be. You do not need to feed to mouths to make sure that your baby is healthy.
All you need to do is to make sure that you eat right, get your calories from the right types of food items, and that you do not engage yourself in too much physical exercise or do not stress yourself too much.
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