I hear the following statement many times, “I am eating for two,” or “She is eating for two.” Unfortunately many women take this to mean that whatever they have been consuming before, they double the portions which is wrong. Although eating for two, one of them is very tiny and even 9 months later they will weigh on average 3.4 kg-4kg. They therefore cannot consume a portion like yours. This leads to excessive weight gain in pregnancy which is very hard to shed after delivery – another time when she ‘eats for two’ to produce milk.
Eating for two is a truthful statement but only when applied to the quality and variety of food, not the quantity of servings. Let us look at eating during pregnancy – specifically what to eat and how to eat it. [Read more…]