Q: How many more calories should I consume a day while pregnant?
A: By month four, you should be consuming about 300–500 more calories a day. Nutritious ones, of course. A turkey sandwich on whole wheat with mustard is a simple, but good, example of where those extra calories could come from.
Q: How much weight will I gain during pregnancy?
A: On average, you should expect to gain 25 to 35 pounds during your pregnancy. Smaller women may need a little more to store extra energy. If you started out a bit heavier, you may need to gain less. If you’re having twins, you should expect to gain around 35 to 45 pounds.
Q: How much of my pregnancy weight is actually my baby?
A: About 25% of this weight is from your baby. Another 10% is placenta and amniotic fluid. The rest is what’s called “support services,” or things that are vital for the baby, like increased blood volume, breast and uterine tissues, and fat stores. This chart breaks it down: