Meals for mum: healthy ways to get extra calories during pregnancy

When pregnant it can be easy to fall into the trap of ‘eating for two’. In reality, you don’t need extra calories for the first two-thirds of pregnancy and it’s only in the last 12 weeks that you need an extra 200 calories a day.

Check out our top recipes to help you get the extra calories you need:

Super soup

Give you and your unborn baby a healthy boost with our Creamy Tomato Soup. Peppers, carrots, lentils and tomatoes mean this super snack sets you on your way to your five a day with 136 calories per portion.

Fakeaway takeaway

If you’re craving a takeaway, put down the phone and pick up a saucepan – it’s easier than you think to make your favourite takeaway and make it better. One portion of our Saag Aloo contains 179 calories and also includes one of your five a day in the form of spinach.

A twist on toast

Put the butter away for a new take on toast. Our Garlic Caramelised Onion Toast is the perfect tasty snack, and it can be made in advance and grilled when needed. Even better, at 167 calories per portion this simple dish can provide a nutritious snack for when you need a little bit extra while pregnant.

Not your average salad

Salad doesn’t have to be all about leaves. Tuck into our big fat Greek Salad, full of vegetables and topped with tuna and broad beans. One portion of this Mediterranean masterclass comes in at 150 calories, making it the perfect snack or side.

Raisin the bar

Need a snack on the go? These delicious Spiced Apple and Raisin Muesli Bars are tastier than a chocolate bar! One bar contains 83 calories, a healthy snack for you, your unborn baby and family and friends.

Something sweet

Try adding a healthy boost to your breakfast (and feed that sweet craving) with our Pancakes with Frozen Blueberries and Stewed Apples. With a portion of fruit per serving and at 148 calories there’s no better way to start the day.

This article was written in association with The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is part of the Let’s Do This campaign offering women tips and advice to stay healthy during pregnancy and beyond. Read our full news story and survey results.

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