pregnant with strawberriesBe honest, do you feel like now that you’re pregnant and growing a little human, you can double what you eat? Many pregnant women do, and take their pregnancy as a chance to give healthy eating plans and dieting a break. But beware: taking in too many calories when you’re pregnant can up your risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also cause you to have a larger baby who will be more likely to face obesity.

Here are four tips for eating healthier for two:

  1. Keep your pre-pregnancy weight in mind. If you had a healthy weight before getting pregnant, you can take in around 300 extra calories a day during your pregnancy. Make sure to check with your doctor to get their recommendation about how much you should be eating.
  2. Eat four mini-meals instead of three large meals. You can do this by adding on a mini-meal in the late morning or mid-afternoon. This mini-meal should clock in right around 300 calories. Some ideas are: two slices of whole grain toast with peanut butter, a cup of soup, or half a sandwich.
  3. Eat only when you’re hungry, not out of boredom. It helps if you can try eating smaller helpings of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy during your day.
  4. Make sure to get enough fiber. A healthy way to do this is by eating raspberries, yogurt, pears and/or whole grains. Foods that are rich in protein will keep you full and satisfied.