Nutrient Needs for Pregnant Women

By: Caroline Johnson

Foods Pregnant Women Should Consume

Calorie Needs for Pregnant Women

During the first trimester you actually won't likely need any additional calories but during the second trimester you should up your daily calorie intake by 300 to 350 calories per day which is equal to two glasses of skim milk and a bowl of oatmeal. During your third trimester you'll need about an extra 500 calories per day. If you are carrying multiples then you should add an additional 300 calories a day for each baby.

Sample Meal for a Pregnant Woman

This is a sample meal for a pregnant woman because this meal includes water, grains, fruits, vegetables, protein, vitamins and minerals. The turkey on the sandwich is high in protein to help the babies bones and skin develop. The whole-grain bread is rich in many different grains needed for a healthy balanced diet.