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During Pregnancy, Are Women Eating For Two? - Dr. Szmuc (VIDEO)

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Dr. Szmuc describes the calorie intake women should consider during pregnancy and shares whether or not pregnant women should follow the food pyramid.

Dr. Szmuc:
When you look at it the increased amount of calories that you need is only about 100 calories a day more than if you were not pregnant, until you get to be about the third trimester where it increases to 200 to 300 calories a day, which if you compare it to how much that is, that’s only a small handful of M&Ms. So you are eating for your baby but not two adults.

You should continue to follow the food pyramid. However, that gets revised every few years so if you really want to see as much depth in the food and nutrition area you can consult the American Heart Association or the FDA and look at the food pyramid. But I don’t recommend you do that; I would like you to eat just simply, sensibly. Avoid as much fast food as you can but once in a while would be okay.

About Dr. Edward D. Szmuc, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.:
Dr. Edward D. Szmuc, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Banner Desert Medical Center in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Szmuc earned his M.D. from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and completed his residency at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts.