Does anyone know what the minimum calorie intake is for women during pregnancy?
I used to use my fitness pal and would stick to 1200 net calories per day but this seems too low for pregnancy.
I'm in week 25 now.
Also, any good pregnancy Nutrician apps or books anyone can recommend?
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23-07-2016 11:58 #1
Calorie intake during pregnancy
23-07-2016 12:19 #2
That seems too low to me, that's the calorie intake for someone on a weight loss program.
23-07-2016 12:37 #3Senior Member
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Calorie intake during pregnancy
Just after I had my DD I signed up to the 12wbt doing the preg/bf program and it was recommending 1800 calories per day. But generally I think if you don't worry about counting calories so much while you're pregnant, just focus on eating fresh, healthy, nutritious foods and eating when you feel you need to - not eating too much or going hungry - you and baby will be fine.
ETA: eating well is great when you can - but sometimes due to ms or just because, you want less fresh and healthy and more towards the other end of the scale and that's ok too! I think I consumed my body weight a few times over in chocolate while I was pregnant!!
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23-07-2016 13:17 #4
Internet says increase by 300 calories per day in the first trimester, and then up to 500 per day by the third.
Make sure if you're hungry, you eat though!
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23-07-2016 13:58 #5
23-07-2016 14:01 #6
I was really active before I got pregnant but since February I have been eating crap food and completely not active. I feel like I've totally blown out of control. I know I'm supposed to gain wait, obviously .. But a LOT of the weight I have gained is purely due to bad eating and not exercising, and I feel really disgusted with myself.
I need to count calories to be accountable. It's what worked for me in the past to be in control of my eating. Not necessarily for weight loss, I don't expect to lose weight, although I wouldn't mind losing my newfound back fat
23-07-2016 14:05 #7
23-07-2016 15:53 #8
Anyway sounds like you've got a plan and a big congratulations 😊
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25-07-2016 13:33 #9Junior Member
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I didn't count calories at all during my pregnancy. I ate like a hungover teenager going through puberty and only gained 10kg! I couldn't have restricted calories if I tried...I would have gone mad. My body told me what it needed and I obliged.
Are you just curious so that you eat the required minimum or are you trying to stay under 1800?
25-07-2016 14:29 #10
I think I did around 2000-2300 per day or there abouts. If I was hungry I ate but I didn't just eat for the sake of eating. A balance diet of fruit veggies fibre, more chicken then red meat and the very occasional splurge on fast food as I didn't feel great after eating it.
I wouldn't be going under 2000 as you have to remember your also feeding a growing human being inside of you.
I'm now 2 wks PP and I have a better appetite now then I did 2 wks ago. I'm actually enjoying eating food and I still have to keep up the calories of around 1800 a day I think it is for bf.
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