Diet in Pregnancy: iVillage Pregnancy & Parenting

What should I eat now that I'm pregnant?
Nutrition during pregnancy is serious business. What you eat plays a vital role in determining the health of that little one you are so anxiously awaiting. Contrary to common belief, it isn't how much you eat that's so important, but what you eat. Learn more.

Do I really need to "eat for two"?
No, you don't really need to "eat for two," and, in fact, too many calories can lead to unnecessary weight gain. Pregnancy is an important time to eat smart, since the caloric requirement of pregnancy only increases by about 300 calories per day. Learn more.

How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?
A wide range of weight gain is compatible with healthy babies. Weight gain in pregnancy averages 25 to 35 pounds, with first-time moms gaining an average of 27½ pounds. Weight gain will vary, depending on the mother's pre-pregnancy weight. A very thin woman who is below her optimum weight should gain 28 to 40 pounds, while an overweight woman should gain about 15 pounds. Learn more.

How much water do I need to drink during pregnancy?
In order to satisfy the fluid requirements of pregnancy, consume at least six to eight eight-ounce glasses of water every day, in addition to juices. Fluid consumption affects all aspects of pregnancy. Good hydration helps you maintain your energy as well as helping to prevent miscarriage, preterm labor, constipation, hemorrhaging, electrolyte imbalances and dry skin. Learn more.

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