Top 5 Reasons You Should Enjoy Carbohydrates While Pregnant

  1. Your Growing Baby Needs The Calories

Calorie demands while pregnant are higher than if you were not with child. If you restrict your carbohydrate intake, it becomes more difficult to reach your growing calorie demands.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provided the guidelines for calorie demands in each trimester:

“In general, pregnant women need between 2,200 calories and 2,900 calories a day. A gradual increase in calories as the baby grows is the best bet. Here is an overview of how calorie needs change during each trimester:

  • The first trimester does not require any extra calories.

  • During the second trimester, an additional 340 calories a day are recommended.

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  • For the third trimester, the recommendation is 450 calories more a day than when not pregnant.”