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Pregnancy Diet: How Many Extra Calories Do You Need To Grow A Baby

05/01/2016 10:59 GMT

The UK's Chief Medical Officer recently warned that the idea pregnant women should be 'eating for two' is a myth that urgently needs to be busted.

But you do need to give your body some extra nutrition while pregnant - it is busy growing a human after all - so just how many extra calories do you need during pregnancy?

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According to research by the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics and the American Pregnancy Association, pregnant women's calorie intake needs seems to increase by about 300 extra calories a day: that's the equivalent of three tablespoons of peanut butter. Watch the video above from D News to learn more.

But the NHS is even more cautious in it's recommendations: suggesting pregnant women increase their intake by 200 calories per day - and only in the third trimester.

According to dietician Sasha Watkins 200 calories a day is equivalent to:

  • A small toasted pitta filled with a tablespoon of reduced fat hummus and grated carrot, followed by three dried apricots
  • A low fat yogurt with six almonds
  • Two slices of wholegrain bread with a tablespoon of cottage cheese

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