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3 Pregnancy Diet Myths Debunked

02/27/2017 12:16 EST

Cravings get the best of most of us, but when you're pregnant they really take control — and that's not always a good thing.

In the video above by Knowmore TV, doctor Jennifer Miranda debunks common pregnancy diet myths.

Eating for two? That's simply not true. According to Miranda you should only be consuming an extra 300 to 500 calories a day during your pregnancy. And weight gain during pregnancy is different for each woman, too.

Pregnancy weight gain depends on the weight of the mother at the time of conception. Women who are at a healthy weight for their height when they conceive tend to gain between 25 and 35 pounds during their pregnancy, while underweight women should gain closer to 40 pounds and overweight women should gain closer to 15 pounds, Baby Center reports.

With those few extra calories a day you might be tempted to chow down on ice cream or french fries, but Miranda insists it should be used on nutritious foods that contain folic acid, iron and calcium. While these nutrients are found in prenatal vitamins, eating the real deal is always better.

Craving salt? Find out what Miranda says those salty cravings are really a sign of in the video above.

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