How many extra calories do I need a day while pregnant?

About 300 calories more a day.

The saying about “eating for two” while pregnant just isn’t true – you really only need about 300 more calories a day than when you aren’t pregnant. To put it in perspective, that is about how much a glass of milk and half a peanut butter sandwich is. Those additional calories should come from nutritious food sources, so try to keep this in mind when making your menus!

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, December 2018

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  1. If I got hungry between meals during my pregnancies, I would grab a handful of almonds or eat an apple. Those were usually my go to snacks and would hold me over until my next meal.

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