We know that healthy eating and weight gain in pregnancy is so key to getting your baby off to a good start—and can even affect your own life-long health, too.
In general, women need about an extra 300 calories a day to support a growing baby, but it’s important that your calories come from mostly healthy food choices and various food groups. The following resources can help you make sure you are eating best for you and baby:
- The USDA website Choose My Plate is a great resource specifically for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- What to know about why you need a prenatal vitamin.
- Why calcium is so important in pregnancy.
- A quick reference on weight gain guidelines in pregnancy.
Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020