Calories During Pregnancy

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture


Dear Nutritionist,
I am 5 weeks pregnant and trying to determine a healthy diet for me and my baby. Before becoming pregnant, I was trying to lose weight and was on a 1500 calorie per day diet, losing about a pound a week. (I exercise 3-4 times per week, have a BMI of 22.5 and keep a detailed food log.)

Now that I am pregnant, I'm unsure how to adjust my diet. I no longer want to lose weight but I want to make healthy choices for both of us. I enjoy keeping a food log and like the idea of a concrete number in regards to calories to shoot for each day.

What are your suggestions for calorie intake during pregnancy after previously being on a weight loss plan?


I cannot give you a calorie level without knowing more information and working with you one-on-one. I can however recommend starting here: You should also speak with your doctor about good nutrition and a calorie level that is suitable for you at this stage in your pregnancy.

-- Kimberly, RD LD