The Huffington Post Canada ( – by Arti Patel

Thursday, January 24, 2013

When you’re pregnant, it doesn’t always mean you’re eating for two.

Yes, a growing baby benefits from a mother’s diet throughout the day, but many health experts say nutrition during pregnancy should be about adding extra nutrients, as opposed to extra meals.

“Eating for two is a myth. Definitely during the first trimester, women do not need to eat extra calories,” says Anar Allidina, a registered dietitian based in Richmond Hill, Ont. “Women need about 340 calories more per day in the second trimester and 450 calories a day in the third.”

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