Pregnant women need energy! Because of all of the changes in your body during pregnancy, including greater blood volume and the growth and development of your baby, you need a healthful diet that provides, among other things, adequate energy from the calories you eat.
In general, experts recommend that pregnant women eat an extra 300 calories per day. Make the most of those extra calories by choosing nutrient-dense foods because your body needs adequate nutrients rather than “empty” calories (like those found in soda, candy, chips and cookies).
Try these 8 super nutritious ways to get an extra 300 calories a day and the most nutritional bang for your caloric buck. Calorie counts for each item are given; mix and match to find your own favorite combinations:
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