Are you pregnant or breastfeeding and wondering how many calories you should be eating? This tool can give you a good starting point.
The following calculator and information is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice, please consult with your doctor before planning your own pregnancy and breastfeeding diet. Full disclaimer here.
Pregnancy Calorie Calculator
During pregnancy, the American Pregnancy Association recommends an additional 300 calories per day during the second and third trimesters.
This calculator is just an estimate. If you are gaining weight too quickly, simply lower your calorie intake by 50-100 calories per day for one week at a time. Alternatively, if you are not gaining enough weight, you can add in 50-100 calories per day.
Breastfeeding Calorie Calculator
It is estimated that during the first several months of breastfeeding, your body will require an additional 500 calories per day to establish and keep up your milk supply.
If your milk supply begins to diminish, try increasing this number by 50-100 calories per day. If you are breastfeeding and also attempting to lose weight, and plateau at this calorie intake, simply lower your calories by 50-100 per day one week at a time until you begin to lose weight again.
Whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, NEVER slash calories by more than 50-100 per day, one week at a time! You could wipe out your energy levels, cause yourself to have uncontrollable cravings leading to binges, slow your metabolism, and diminish your milk supply. (This is a rule I follow even when I'm not pregnant or nursing.)