Dietitian and guest blogger L back again.
If you’re preggers, it’s the perfect time to think about how the food you eat builds a healthy baby. During the first trimester, you don’t need to eat any extra calories, and weight gain will be minimal. During the second and third trimester, when you’ll gain most of the weight, you’ll need to eat 2-3 extra servings from Canada’s Food Guide to support your growing baby.
You get to pick what you want to eat! It may translate into an extra snack of yogurt and berries, or a piece of toast with peanut butter and a glass of milk. Vegetables and fruit help your baby’s brain and nerves; grain products help your baby’s growth; milk and alternatives help your baby’s bones and meat and alternatives help your baby’s muscles and blood. It turns out that you just need to eat a little bit extra while you’re pregnant, and a great goal is to eat “twice as healthy”…not twice as much! Get real about pregnancy nutrition and get all the facts here.
Check out a previous post for specifics on how much weight you should gain during pregnancy (probably less than you think!)