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Healthy Fats

Although fats get a bad rap, you and your babies need some fats to stay healthy. Just remember to pick from the healthy, unsaturated variety:

  • Vegetable oils
  • Olive oil
  • Nuts

Healthy Snacks

Still looking for a way to incorporate those extra calories? Snacks can do the trick.

By snacks, we don't mean a candy bar or a bag of potato chips. Instead stock your kitchen with cereal, nuts, fruit, and low-fat yogurt.

Adding those 500 extra calories in a healthy way can be as simple as eating:

  • 25 almonds, low salt or salt-free (220 calories) with 2/3 cup dried cranberries (280 calories)
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts, low salt or salt-free (410 calories) and 1 large orange (90 calories)
  • 1.5 cups small pasta shells (290 calories) with 1 cup cherry tomatoes (30 calories), 1/3 cup black beans (80 calories), 2 tsps olive oil (80 calories), and a splash of vinegar

For a smaller snack of around 300-350 calories, consider:

  • 1.5 cups oatmeal (220 calories) with 7 large strawberries (40 calories) and 1/2 cup blueberries (40 calories)
  • 7 egg whites (120 calories) with 2 servings of salsa (40 calories) on 3 soft corn tortillas (180 calories)
  • 2 cups low-fat yogurt (280 calories) and 1 large peach (60 calories)

It's OK to enjoy a sweet or salty treat every now and then. But do it in moderation, just like you did before you were pregnant. Too much salt can cause you to retain water and increase your blood pressure -- which isn't good for you or your babies. And too many sweet foods will fill you up with empty calories, so you’re less hungry for the nutritious foods that you and your babies need.

While a healthy weight gain is important, don't worry too much about the numbers on the scale. If you have any concerns, talk with your doctor about your best plan to eat right for you and your babies.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD, FACOG on August 04, 2014
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