Expectant moms have been told for generations they need to ‘eat for two’ — but experts insist it’s a myth that’s saddling women with extra pounds they may never shake off.
The truth is women need NO extra calories in the first two trimesters of their pregnancy and in the final weeks an extra cereal bar a day is enough to nourish their unborn babies.
Women who weigh a healthy amount only need to gain 25 to 35 pounds throughout the entire nine month pregnancy. Underweight women need to gain a little more, and overweight moms-to-be a little less.
Carrying extra weight while you’re carrying a baby increases the risk of diabetes, and other pregnancy conditions like pre-eclampsia.
And there are more lasting effects — women who gain too much pregnancy weight are three-times more likely to be obese 16 years later!
The findings are the result of a study carried out at Bristol University of more than 3,000 women in the west of England.
What do you think HollyMoms? Did you eat for two? Share your thoughts below!
— Ian Garland