Table for TWO please.


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I've always been told that when a woman is pregnant she has to eat for two people. It made sense hearing this so I believed it. As a girl you can't really eat as much as you want so whenever I was really hungry I would get sad I couldn't eat all the food I wanted. I'd say to myself "I can not wait till I'm pregnant and I can eat as much as I want and not gain a thing!"
About a month ago a family friend of mine took my family and I out to lunch to show us her big surprise. Guess what the surprise was?..... That's right, she was a few months pregnant! 
We were at Pizza Hut eating and I started to complain about how lucky she got to eat whatever she wanted and that she could eat for two. She looked at me shocked and said "Torri, that's not true. I can't eat for two and I'm not allowed to eat certain things."
I thought she was just saying that or whatever so I didn't think anything of it or to check it. Well I thought about it today and researched it....turns out it's a myth that pregnant women should eat for two.
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This is one of the biggest medical myths. Apparently if you eat too many calories it's bad for you and your baby. Pregnant women that do "eat for two" results in gaining a lot of extra weight, which is very hard to lose after the baby has been conceived. Gaining an excessive amount of weight can cause problems such as increasing the risk of gestational diabetes, backaches, high blood pressure, a very large baby which would cause for a caesarian section and possibly have a stillborn (very rare). A pregnant woman is expected to eat a well balanced diet. She should approximately eat 2500 calories a day (for a non-pregnant woman it should be 2100 calories a day). That's just 300-400 calories more which is equivalent to a slice of whole grain bread and a tablespoon of peanut butter. She also needs to consume zinc, calcium [develop embryo], folic acid [helps create babys nervous system], and iron [produces blood to supply nutrition to the placenta]. So even though eating to much can be harmful so is not gaining enough weight or eating too little. This can cause premature delivery, learning disabilities, chronic health problems, and low birth weight for the baby. It's very important to eat as much nutrition as you can but you have to keep a limit and track.
Although if a lady is expecting to have  twins or more can and should eat more (about 4,000 calories a day) so that their babies aren't too small when they are born.

There's so many rules and things to remember while being pregnant!! But the main point I'm trying to make ladies is that being pregnant does not mean you can overindulge yourself. You have to think sensible and eat healthy for your little one to grow healthy and strong!

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My best friend is currently pregnant and can literally eat everything and anything. She gets the most random cravings. After reading this article I got to thinking about what it is that causes such degrees of hunger and the answer is hormones. Take a look at the article Why am I Always Hungry While Pregnant for explanations. It also has misconceptions, warnings and preventions that are very interesting!

Reading your article reminded me of (I hate to say this 'cause I feel like it makes me seem dumb...) but Jessica Simpson! She gained 40lbs. during her pregnancy which is way more than what is considered healthy.

I'm surprised that the recommended amount is 2500 calories. You're right, an extra 500 calories isn't much... it could be a soda and a snack.

Here's an interesting link. It's all the things that pregnant women should avoid eating. Some of them are no-brainers (like raw meat and alcohol), but deli meat? Soft cheese? I never would have guessed those.

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/foodstoavoid.html

My friend was also just pregnant but the only thing I heard of her not eating is fish or any seafood in general because of the mercury levels I believe. Here is an article I found that states the top 10 things pregnant women should avoid.

This one woman that I know has six children, and through each of her pregnancies she has eaten very well and was running daily until very late in her term. Conveniently for her, she is pediatrician and knows that you're not supposed to eat for two when pregnant, and that there's a lot of things you cannot eat (sushi for example). Despite the fact that this is fairly well-known among doctors, the idea of "eating for two" still persists today for some reason. As you mentioned briefly, while "eating for two" is the buzzword, taking vitamins for two is what is really important. here is an article that addresses what your blog did that I think you would find interesting.

This one woman that I know has six children, and through each of her pregnancies she has eaten very well and was running daily until very late in her term. Conveniently for her, she is pediatrician and knows that you're not supposed to eat for two when pregnant, and that there's a lot of things you cannot eat (sushi for example). Despite the fact that this is fairly well-known among doctors, the idea of "eating for two" still persists today for some reason. As you mentioned briefly, while "eating for two" is the buzzword, taking vitamins for two is what is really important. here is an article that addresses what your blog did that I think you would find interesting.

This one woman that I know has six children, and through each of her pregnancies she has eaten very well and was running daily until very late in her term. Conveniently for her, she is pediatrician and knows that you're not supposed to eat for two when pregnant, and that there's a lot of things you cannot eat (sushi for example). Despite the fact that this is fairly well-known among doctors, the idea of "eating for two" still persists today for some reason. As you mentioned briefly, while "eating for two" is the buzzword, taking vitamins for two is what is really important. here is an article that addresses what your blog did that I think you would find interesting.

It's so interesting that a pregnant mother's diet has so much control over the baby she is producing. Like how eating too little can cause leaning disabilities. Its scary that this control exists, but I guess is a risk that everyone was vulnerable to.

It's so interesting that a pregnant mother's diet has so much control over the baby she is producing. Like how eating too little can cause leaning disabilities. Its scary that this control exists, but I guess is a risk that everyone was vulnerable to.

This definitely is very interesting. I always kind of assumed that eating a great deal would be good because that would help the baby grow and give it some energy since it is feeding off of the mother. A mother should definitely look at your article, the articles listed in the comments above and the article listed below before they decide that it would be smart to just eat all that they can fit into their belly thinking that it will be good for the baby.

http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/nutrition/a-food-guide-for-pregnant-women/

I learned something new from reading your post. I had no idea that eating for two was a myth. Like you I believed that it was true because it made sense. It makes sense that like us, a baby would experience hunger too. I also never thought that over-eating while pregnant could be bad for the baby. I just figured that the more you eat, the better. However I did know that you have to watch what you eat as pregnant woman.

Your post also has me wondering why pregnant women have such a craving for food. Seeing as how pregnant women only need approximately 300-400 more calories, I wonder why it seems like they are hungry all of the time. Well I did some research on this and I found that it is due to a hunger controlling hormone called Leptin. That hormone is supressed by brain receptors during pregancy (check out link at bottom of this post to learn this).I think that correlation (like in many other instances) does not prove causation in this case because there could be a variable that causes hunger. Perhaps a pregnant woman could desire more food because she believes that she ought to "eat for two" also. It could totally be a psychological thing.

The topic of pregnant women also makes the question come to mind of why women experience mood changes (check out the second link). In my opinion mood changes are kind of unnecessary but if you feel the same, after you read this you may get a better understanding of why it occurs.


Link:http://www.livestrong.com/article/147955-why-am-i-always-hungry-while-pregnant/

Link 2:http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/moodswings.html

Torri, I completely agree with you and Eric (above). I had no idea that "eating for two" was a myth! It's interesting that when pregnant, the amount of calories a woman should consume only increases slightly. The numbers you provided were shocking to me,as I would have thought many more calories should be consumed. It completely makes sense that women should not indulge on fatty and junk foods while pregnant, as they should want lots of extra nutrients to go to their baby, but I still would have thought a pregnant woman could consume more calories.

In terms of the cravings everyone discusses, I think it is so weird that pregnant women often crave combinations of food they would never eat otherwise. When my mom was pregnant with me, she's told me that she often craved watermelon and peanut butter. Something interesting about that also, is that she doesn't even like watermelon, but something inside her pregnant body told her she did. It's so interesting how hormones can make you think and act so differently sometimes. These hormones would also link to the mood swings that not only pregnant women experience, but prepubescent, teen, and prementstrual women experience.

Torri, I completely agree with you and Eric (above). I had no idea that "eating for two" was a myth! It's interesting that when pregnant, the amount of calories a woman should consume only increases slightly. The numbers you provided were shocking to me,as I would have thought many more calories should be consumed. It completely makes sense that women should not indulge on fatty and junk foods while pregnant, as they should want lots of extra nutrients to go to their baby, but I still would have thought a pregnant woman could consume more calories.

In terms of the cravings everyone discusses, I think it is so weird that pregnant women often crave combinations of food they would never eat otherwise. When my mom was pregnant with me, she's told me that she often craved watermelon and peanut butter. Something interesting about that also, is that she doesn't even like watermelon, but something inside her pregnant body told her she did. It's so interesting how hormones can make you think and act so differently sometimes. These hormones would also link to the mood swings that not only pregnant women experience, but prepubescent, teen, and prementstrual women experience.

Torri, I completely agree with you and Eric (above). I had no idea that "eating for two" was a myth! It's interesting that when pregnant, the amount of calories a woman should consume only increases slightly. The numbers you provided were shocking to me,as I would have thought many more calories should be consumed. It completely makes sense that women should not indulge on fatty and junk foods while pregnant, as they should want lots of extra nutrients to go to their baby, but I still would have thought a pregnant woman could consume more calories.

In terms of the cravings everyone discusses, I think it is so weird that pregnant women often crave combinations of food they would never eat otherwise. When my mom was pregnant with me, she's told me that she often craved watermelon and peanut butter. Something interesting about that also, is that she doesn't even like watermelon, but something inside her pregnant body told her she did. It's so interesting how hormones can make you think and act so differently sometimes. These hormones would also link to the mood swings that not only pregnant women experience, but prepubescent, teen, and prementstrual women experience.

Torri, I completely agree with you and Eric (above). I had no idea that "eating for two" was a myth! It's interesting that when pregnant, the amount of calories a woman should consume only increases slightly. The numbers you provided were shocking to me,as I would have thought many more calories should be consumed. It completely makes sense that women should not indulge on fatty and junk foods while pregnant, as they should want lots of extra nutrients to go to their baby, but I still would have thought a pregnant woman could consume more calories.

In terms of the cravings everyone discusses, I think it is so weird that pregnant women often crave combinations of food they would never eat otherwise. When my mom was pregnant with me, she's told me that she often craved watermelon and peanut butter. Something interesting about that also, is that she doesn't even like watermelon, but something inside her pregnant body told her she did. It's so interesting how hormones can make you think and act so differently sometimes. These hormones would also link to the mood swings that not only pregnant women experience, but prepubescent, teen, and prementstrual women experience.

Although I knew that women should not "eat for two" while pregnant, I never thought the calorie intake would go up by such a small amount. 300-500 calories is really not a whole lot at all. But following this would be the easiest way to avoid gaining the dreaded baby weight that seems to linger for months and sometimes years after the baby is born. This happened to my aunt. She had a baby and gained almost 50 pounds...that was 5 years ago and she still has a good 20-25 lbsstubborn pounds that refuse to come off no matter what she does.

It's really interesting that mothers diets have such an effect on their offspring. I never knew that not eating enough could lead to learning disabilities. I was wondering why, so I looked it up. here are further details about this occurrence:

The babies' spine and or brain may not develop properly, leading to severe or hardly noticeable learning disabilities. This can be avoided by consuming proper amounts of folate and b12.

Folate is really important in times of rapid cell division, as it helps maintain and produce new cells. It is also necessary in the creation of DNA and RNA. Its also needed to make red blood cells.
sources:
http://pregnancy.lovetoknow.com/wiki/What_Happens_to_the_Baby_if_a_Pregnant_Mother_Does_Not_Eat_Properly

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-HealthProfessional/

It's really interesting that mothers diets have such an effect on their offspring. I never knew that not eating enough could lead to learning disabilities. I was wondering why, so I looked it up. here are further details about this occurrence:

The babies' spine and or brain may not develop properly, leading to severe or hardly noticeable learning disabilities. This can be avoided by consuming proper amounts of folate and b12.

Folate is really important in times of rapid cell division, as it helps maintain and produce new cells. It is also necessary in the creation of DNA and RNA. Its also needed to make red blood cells.
sources:
http://pregnancy.lovetoknow.com/wiki/What_Happens_to_the_Baby_if_a_Pregnant_Mother_Does_Not_Eat_Properly

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-HealthProfessional/

The thing about eating during a pregnancy that I was surprised to learn was that often times whatever the mother craves while their child is in the womb, the child often grows up to like that same food. My aunt used to crave licorice while pregnant with my cousin, he is now approaching 12 and is certifiably obsessed with licorice. I think everyone can relate to this, and if you ask your mother what she craved during her pregnancy, I think you'd be surprised to know that you enjoy that food more than others.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/360920-does-your-baby-end-up-liking-foods-you-crave-while-pregnant/

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