What to Eat When you're Expecting

Eating for two? Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy diet for you and the baby:


First trimester - About 1,800 calories per day

Second trimester - About 2,200 calories per day

Third trimester - About 2,400 calories per day

*Calories based on the average weight and BMI for surrogates.

Weight gain:

Worried about the weight you're gaining? Don't put too much thought into it, here are some of the reasons you're gaining pounds:

7.5 pounds: Average baby's weight

7 pounds: extra stored protein, fat, and other nutrients

4 pounds: extra blood

2 pounds: breast enlargement

2 pounds: enlargement of your uterus

2 pounds: amniotic fluid surrounding your baby

1.5 pounds: the placenta

Food to Eat:


  • Rich in folate, fiber, and many other nutrients.

  • Folate may reduce the risk of birth defects and diseases.

Sweet potatoes

  • Rich in Vitamin A

  • Vitamin A is important for the growth of the baby

Dairy Products

  • Rich in protein, probiotics, and calcium

  • Probiotics may help reduce the risk of complications

Lean meat

  • Rich in protein.

Beef and pork

  • Rich in iron, choline and B vitamins