How Many Calories Do You Need During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is not an excuse to stop paying attention to calories - but it's also not the time to go on a diet. Learn how many calories you should eat each day for a healthy pregnancy.

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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This chart shows how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy and about how many calories you should be eating to stay on course.

First, you’ll need to calculate your pre-pregnancy BMI to see how much weight you should gain over the course of your entire pregnancy. Then, use this calculator to estimate your baseline (non-pregnancy) calorie needs, if you don’t already know them. Finally, see how many calories you should add to your baseline during each trimester of pregnancy.

NOTE: These numbers are only general guidelines; please discuss these recommendations with your obstetrician and/or nutrition professional and adjust your intake as needed to stay within recommended weight gain ranges.

Please do not attempt to lose weight during your pregnancy. The lower number in the recommended range is just as important as the upper one!

Nutrition Diva's Guide to Calorie Needs and Weight Gain During Pregnancy

How many calories should you eat during pregnancy

More Resources

Healthy Weight During Pregnancy (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Pregnancy Weight Tracker (Baby Center)

Pregnant woman image courtesy of Shutterstock.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.