A good friend of mine is pregnant with her second child. She's looking for accurate information on caloric intake.
She weighed about 195 lbs before her pregnancy, having jumped up 10-15 lbs in the previous 3 months due to 2 suspected spontaneous abortions in the first month of each pregnancy.
*Previous Pregnancy History
With her first pregnancy, she had problems gaining weight and her doctor was concerned. She was referred to a dietitian, but didn't move up on the waitlist until month 9, by whicb time only breastfeeding nutrition could be given. The nutritionist only talked about # servings of each food group and wouldn't talk about calories. In the end, my friend did gain enough weight to satisfy the doctor.
This time around, my friend is not gaining as much weight as her doctor seems to think is appropriate. This past week, she dropped about 2 lbs, which may just be a bad scale or a water fluctuation or the result of some nausea and vomiting. However, my friend would like to know what her caloric intake should be. Her doctor didn't know the answer, although she agreed that my friend probably needed more calories than a smaller woman. Her doctor also said that the dietitian wait list is now so long that she will not get in before the baby is born. (And she's only 3 or 4 months along!) My friend has been eating 2100-2300 calories a day, with an eye to following serving and food group suggestions.
*Caloric Intake Readings
She knows she needs about 300 more calories than before she became pregnant. However, she's not sure how many calories she needed before, especially since her weight had just jumped up 15 lbs. She typically ate about 2000 calories a day (having only just weaned her first child) and she thinks she has light activity. She has read that 1800-2000 calories
is the recommendation for an average non-pregnant woman, but that to *maintain* weight a plus-sized woman would need to eat more. Bigger people burn more calories just by existing. She's not sure if that is true, since she was never a real over-eater before and she was still overweight. She tried using some of the caloric intake calculators out there, but apparently a few sites say that the calculations don't work on plus-sized people.
So, with all that in mind, how what's the total amount of calories a woman of her size needs during pregnancy? Note: her doctor suggested a weight gain of about 25 lbs, so no need to derail with discussions of weight gain. Thanks!