I bet you’re hoping that Google will come back with a whole host of data-backed search results encouraging women to consume a whopping 3,000, maybe even 4,000, calories from the moment they discover they’re pregnant, huh?!? And the more processed, refined sugar the better, right?!? Sorry to burst that Utopian bubble, but eating for two, albeit a fun catch phrase, is a total myth! 🙁 Especially during the first trimester.
So, we know 3,000 or 4,000 isn’t the right answer. But, how many calories should you consume during the first trimester? The answer is the same amount you consumed prior to becoming pregnant. *sigh* During the first trimester, you should not be consuming any extra calories, and should DEFINITIVELY not be eating for two.
An average woman needs to eat between 1,800 to 2,000 calories per day to maintain her weight. This number can vary depending on activity level, age, height, metabolism, among others. I just Googled “average daily calorie intake calculator” and found https://www.freedieting.com/calorie-calculator. According to that calculator, I need 1,972 to maintain.
How Many Calories Should I Eat During The First Trimester If I’m Overweight
If you’re overweight or obese and pregnant, I suggest consulting with your healthcare provider regarding daily caloric intake.
Pregnancy is definitely not the time to try to lose weight. It’s extremely important that women consume nutritious food during pregnancy, including protein (eggs, salmon, lean meat), calcium (Greek yogurt, whole milk), legumes (lentils, peas, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, peanuts), fruits and vegetables (especially broccoli and dark, leafy greens).
If you’re overweight or obese, try to eat as healthy as possible!
How Many Calories Am I Eating Per Day?
During the first trimester, I’m aiming to eat approximately 1,800 calories per day, as well as work out at least 5 days per week. Before my first pregnancy, I did functional training 5 – 6 days a week. However, I stopped since jumping jacks, jumping lunges, burpees, etc. aren’t recommended during pregnancy.
I use MyFitnessPal to track calories, and have been for years. I use Fitbit to track steps, exercise and sleep. You can sync MyFitnessPal and Fitbit so that steps are logged into MyFitnessPal and calorie and water consumption are logged into Fitbit.
What are you going to use to track calories?!