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How many calories/day should you eat while pregnant?

How many calories/day should you eat while pregnant?

Depends: Depending on your pre pregnancy rate a good starting point would be 2000-2200. This needs to be individualized. But going on a diet is never a good idea. ...Read more

Calorie (Definition)

A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more


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How many calories should I eat daily at 27 weeks pregnant? I'm 5'7 and moderatly active as i care for my 6, 4, & 1 year old. I also take tae kwon do.

How many calories should I eat daily at 27 weeks pregnant? I'm 5'7 and moderatly active as i care for my 6, 4, & 1 year old. I also take tae kwon do.

It depends: There is no straightforward answer, and it depends a lot on your prepregnancy weight, and how many times a week you exercise. Many standard diets in pregnancy have about 2200 calories. ...Read more

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What if I only eat 1400 calories throughout pregnancy?

What if I  only eat 1400 calories throughout pregnancy?

Not a good idea: Your calorie needs will change throughout pregnancy. In the first trimester, most people don't need extra calories. Later however, you will need extra calories. When you see your OB/Gyn for your regular checkups, you will be weighed and your Ob/Gyn can advise you on appropriate nutrition. ...Read more

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What would the lowest calories a pregnant woman can eat be?

What would the lowest calories a pregnant woman can eat be?

Ummmm..: Uh, oh, this question sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Whenever, one asks a question in this manner, it brings up concerns about the possibility of an eating disorder. If you do have an eating disorder please be candid with your obstetrician & your nutritionist (should be work with one). ...Read more

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I'm 6 weeks pregnant. How many calories should a pregnant women eat that wants to gain the least amount of weight?

About 2000: The recommendations range from 1500 to 2500 calories, depending on your activity level and weight (or bmi) as you start into pregnancy. You can actually be on a slight weight loss diet (1500 cal) if you are heavy to start with, but usually you will need more. You need to eat enough for the baby to grow well, which we can monitor with ultrasound throughout pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat 1500 calories during pregnancy since I'm overweight and my new diet is healthy (lean meats, veggies, fruits, whole-grains)?

Is it safe to eat 1500 calories during pregnancy since I'm overweight and my new diet is healthy (lean meats, veggies, fruits, whole-grains)?

Depends: It depends on your current weight and the level of obesity. You should talk to your Ob about it. As long as you take in the essential vitamins and have a good mix of diet choices, you should be fine. I applaud you in taking the initiative to maintain your weight during this critical time of your life. Best Wishes Dr M ...Read more

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How much calories should I have a day in pregnancy?

How much calories should I have a day in pregnancy?

2500: 2500. You only need 500 more calories a day when you are pregnant than what you need when you are not pregnant. Remember, it is important to continue to "keep it moving" while you are pregnant. You are not eating for two, you are eating for one, so you need to remember to be healthy. ...Read more

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I don't always get all the additional calories needed during my pregnancy (22w) every day. Is it okay if i aim to an average for the week?

I don't always get all the additional calories needed during my pregnancy (22w) every day. Is it okay if i aim to an average for the week?

Yes: No one eats the same calories each day and thus a 20% variation from day to day is fine as long as you take in no less than what you expend in calories. However, one is expected to take in more calories during pregnancy because of the fetus' nutritional needs. ...Read more

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How many calories does a pregnant person burn a day?

How many calories does a pregnant person burn a day?

It depends: It depends on how physically active the pregnant mother is during the day. Exercise will raise the number of calories burned. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a high protein, low carb, low fat of about 800-900 calories a day diet to give a false negative on a pregnancy test?

Is it possible for a high protein, low carb, low fat of about 800-900 calories a day diet to give a false negative on a pregnancy test?

No.: Since the test measures the presence (for a positive test) of the hormone hCG, no foods or diet changes will affect the test result--either positive or negative. HCG is produced by specific cells in the developing placenta. ...Read more

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I'm trying to lose weight from pregnancy limiting my calorie intake to a max of 1,140 a day and my stool is very light tan. Almost white, is this bad?

I'm trying to lose weight from pregnancy limiting my calorie intake to a max of  1,140 a day and my stool is very light tan. Almost white, is this bad?

Gall Bladder: White or light color stools is often due to a lack of bile in it. This could be from a problem with the gall bladder, or bile duct system in the liver. Gall stones may be part of the problem. See your physician to get an easy blood test and examination to evaluate this condition ...Read more

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What should I do to gain weight during pregnancy without eating too many calories?

What should I do to gain weight during pregnancy without eating too many calories?

Most Wt Gain is H2O: Where starting & goals? ??muscle/fat/brain? Calories are units of heat to warm h20 as measured in a calorimeter, not by eating/digesting & routinely guessed at for ?$, per usual practices. Study: wikipedia.Org/calorimeter, nusi.Org, lustig, taubes, attia, enig, dietdoctor & videos: big fat lies, mcgovern's report, science for smart people, big fat fiasco, why we get fat & my answers on healthtap. ...Read more

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What is a healthy amount of calories to be eating for a 27yr old and 8weeks pregnant woman?

What is a healthy amount of calories to be eating for a 27yr old and 8weeks pregnant woman?

About 300 more: During pregnancy women need about 300 more calories a day more than what they usually take in. Of course, in the first trimester you probably need a little less than that. ...Read more

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Because your body temp goes up while pregnant do you burn more calories?

Not really: Burning calories would be a function of diet PLUS high and low impact aerobic exercise ( cardio and weights ) as well as burst interval high and low impact exercises. ...Read more

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I am starting on a 1000 calorie diet to lose my after-pregnancy baby fat. Do you think it will work?

I am starting on a 1000 calorie diet to lose my after-pregnancy baby fat.  Do you think it will work?

Probably: But you need plenty of energy to take care of the baby. If you stop all forms of sugar and eat a good diet, your weight will adjust properly since it works for many people. ...Read more

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How many extra calories does a woman pregnant with twins need? (e.G. If a normal diet is 2000 do they need 3000 or 4000?)

How many extra calories does a woman pregnant with twins need? (e.G. If a normal diet is 2000 do they need 3000 or 4000?)

300 Kcal more.: Only 300 kcals more in comparison to women pregnant with singleton fetus are needed for women carrying twins (i.e. 600 kcals more than non-pregnant women of similar size). Please note, however, that the twins with the best outcomes are born to women with the most weight gain during pregnancy (up to 55 lbs). ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more