Eating for two

Almost all pregnant women need to get more protein, more of certain vitamins and minerals such as folic acid and iron, and more calories (for energy). If your diet is poor to begin with, making the transition to eating nutritious meals is one of the best things you can do for your baby's health.

Learn how to make three yummy and nutritious meals just right for a pregnant woman and developing a baby.

But eating better doesn't mean eating more – or rather, not much more. If you start off at a healthy weight, you need no extra calories during the first trimester, about 300 extra calories a day in the second trimester, and about 450 extra calories a day in the third trimester. If you're overweight or underweight, you'll need more or less than this, depending on your weight gain goal.

 

In conclusion, there is a great deal of evidence that exercise, diet, and sleep are associated with improved well being. This extends to growing children and new mothers alike. However it cannot be stressed enough that a broad-brush approach cannot be taken with the uniqueness we as humans present, therefore expert advice is to be sought before any drastic measures are taken with regards to the matters discussed above.