Being pregnant carries with it many joys and expectations — and responsibilities as well. Topping the list is ensuring that both mother and developing baby are healthy throughout, and that includes eating right and closely monitoring pregnancy weight gain.
“You are definitely not ‘eating for two’ when you are pregnant;” says Dr. Reut Moyal, an OB-GYN with ColumbiaDoctors in Scarsdale, the faculty practice of Columbia University, and a physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, “being pregnant is not a license to overeat.” Her advice for pregnant women is to add 300 calories to their daily intake, eat foods rich in iron and folic acid that are important for the developing fetus. “The total recommended weight gain varies based on a woman’s pre-pregnancy weight and body mass index (BMI), which is a height to weight ratio.
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