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