Oh-Oh! Nutritionists Say Mom-To-Be Jen Schefft’s Big Mac Burger Binges Are Bad For Her Baby!

Tue, September 28, 2010 9:30am EST by Add first Comment

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Former Bachelorette Jen Schefft admits to craving McDonalds and totally eating for two. But experts say she shouldn’t be indulging in such fatty fast food, or consuming so many calories.

Former Bachelorette Jen Schefft, who’s in her third trimester, has fessed up to eating a lot more McDonald’s than she ever has. The 33-year-old, who’s expecting her first child with husband Joe Waterman in November, admits she’s been chomping down the burgers! “Two Big Macs and two large fries,” says Jen of her pregnancy cravings. “And I could eat pizza every day of the week!” An expert tells HollyBaby.com that eating for two is a myth and Jen needs to ease up!

While most moms admit to over-indulging and setting aside their diets when they have a baby on board, celebrity wellness coach Jackie Keller is quick to point out that pregnant women only need to consume 300 extra calories a day. Jen’s typical McDonald’s meal is 2080 calories! “That whole eating for two concept is a myth,” Jackie tells HollyBaby.com. “In order to ensure the fetus develops properly, those extra calories should come in the form of low-fat calcium-rich dairy products, whole grain carbohydrates, lean proteins and vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables.”

Unfortunately, Jen has no desire to snack on crunchy crudités. “They repulse me!” admits Jen. “I’ve always hated vegetables, but now that I’m pregnant, they sound even worse.” Be honest, HollyMoms, when you were pregnant did you give in to your fast food cravings or did it make you more cautious about what you put in your mouth?

Jen’s also complained about being totally exhausted. “I’m always tired! I can take a nap at any moment,” says the Chicago-based PR executive. But Jackie says that’s a sure sign that the mom-to-be’s not eating enough whole grains like brown rice and quinoa. “Fatigue is common. Eating whole grains will support and energize you naturally. That’s what is going to give her the energy to get through the day,” says Jackie, who adds that without enough carbs, the body will begin to eat its own muscle mass in order to get energy. And that’s the worst thing that can happen when you’re carrying around 20 to 30 extra pounds!

–Amy L. Harper

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