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800- 1000 calories a day while pregnant?


why or why not?


Asked by joycegina at 9:35 PM on Aug. 3, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • No it is not OK. If you were extremely overweight before pregnancy It is possible to eat right, get a little more active, and not gain much if none at all. However your body needs more than 800 calories a day to function while pregnant. 1200 for a very sedentary, obese individual is still considered pushing it. The goal during pregnancy is to nourish your body for you baby. Eat well, plenty of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lots of water. Start walking ( It is a big help for d-day anyway) If the person happens to lose weight safely and the Dr is ok with it....great. however weight loss should not be the goal until after baby is born and I would not restrict any calories. I would just make sure all the calories I did consume had a nutritional reason and was not "empty"

    Answer by ambernicole531 at 9:47 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • It's not even enough for a woman who is not pregnant. Why would someone even consider this when they are pregnant?

    Answer by m-avi at 9:44 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • Anything less than 1,200 calories per day is considered starvation for a non-pregnant woman, so definitely not OK for a pregnant woman!

    if it's due to a weight issue, exercise and eat healthy! don't starve yourself!

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 9:38 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • You won't starve your baby. Your body will send everything needed to the baby.

    However, YOUR body will be completely shot by the time this baby is born. You can expect bone demineralization and probably a whole host of malnutrition diseases, not to mention barely functional levels of body fat. Keep in mind that if your body doesn't maintain a certain amount of fat, your body may spontaneously abort the pregnancy (or go into pre term labor, depending on how far along you are at the time). Such a small amount of body fuel can lead to gestational diabetes, pregnancy hypertension, and pre eclampsia, among other things.

    Dr. Tom Brewer recommends women eat around 2500 calories a day, for optimal health of both mother and baby.

    Answer by eema.gray at 9:48 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

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