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Preconception meal plan: here is what a day of food could look like

Preconception meal plan: get an idea of what your ideal daily menu would look like to set yourself up for a healthy pregnancy.

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to read Jan 28, 2021

Stay-healthy menu planner

How many calories do I need?

Every woman is different and if you are at a healthy weight and engage in regular physical activity, eating around the same number of calories each day will keep you at that weight. If you need to gain weight, increasing the number of calories you consume each day by around 250 may help you slowly and steadily gain weight. If you need to lose weight, decreasing your calorie intake by 250 per day (along with moderate exercise) may help you achieve a healthy weight. Always talk to your healthcare provider about specific diet and exercise changes.

 

The plan below provides approximately 2000 calories per day, which may be a good target for healthy, moderately active women thinking about getting pregnant.

 

Sources

 

Institute of Medicine Food & Nutrition Board 2006. Dietary Reference Intake: The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements. In: Otten, J.J., Hellwig, J.P. & Meyers, L.D. (Eds.). Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences.

 

www.womenshealth.gov

www.eatright.org

www.cdc.gov

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