Moms to Be Should NOT "Eat For Two"

Although there are a lot of things that women hate about being  pregnant, the idea that they can eat whatever they want because they are  “eating for two” isn’t one of them. But, sadly, researchers now say  women shouldn’t be doing that because it could actually be dangerous.

A study out of Monash University, Australia finds that 47% of women  put on too much weight during pregnancy, and that could put not only the  mother’s, but also the child’s health at risk. Mothers who gain too  much weight are more likely to need a C-section, and are twice as likely  to have an overweight baby, and heavy babies will likely need more  medical attention and are more likely to have health problems throughout  their life. 

Overall, it is recommended that moms-to-be put on about 25 pounds,  although that number varies depending on the weight of the mother, with  heavier mothers cautioned to put on less.

  • As for that whole “eating for two” thing, Dr. Aaron Caughey  from the Oregon Health & Science University, says it  “overestimates” how many additional calories a mom-to-be actually needs,  while Dr. Daghni Rajasingam, from the Royal College of  Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says women’s “energy needs” don’t  actually change until the final trimester, and then they only need about  an “extra 200 calories a day.”

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