I just googled pregnancy and recommended calories. I am astonished at the lack of info on calories and, what little there is, does not agree.
I've never thought about eating during pregnancy in terms of calories I guess. Just the ole protein, protein, protein thing. I didn't count calories last time and did great. Just ate healthy. But a large part of pregnancy was during summer and there was such a nice selection of seasonal fruits. That makes it so much easier!
Anyway, one website says preg. women should take in 1900-2500 cal/day depending on your starting weight. Basically, you need an extra 300 (included in the above totals) a day during pregnancy.
-1 cup of non-fat fruit yogurt and a medium apple
-1 piece of whole wheat toast spread with 2 tablespoons peanut butter
-1 cup of beef and bean chili sprinkled with 1/2 ounce cheddar cheese
-1 cup of raisin bran cereal with 1/2 cup of non-fat milk and a small banana
-3 ounces roasted lean ham or chicken breast and 1/2 cup sweet potatoes
-1 flour tortilla (7-inch), 1/2 cup refried beans, 1/2 cup cooked broccoli, and -1/2 cup cooked red pepper.
There was one site that had a pastries/snacks category. It recommended only 1 chocolate bar, at most, a day
I thought that was hysterical!
This time around I'm thinking about nutrient dense foods - nuts (butters, milks), avocados, fresh fruits and veggies, fresh juices, and salads. Not high calories BUT very high nutritionally with easily assimilated vit/min.
So here's my tip: Over the past year I've been drinking alot of green smoothies. Google it, you'll find tons of info. Anyway, it's basically a water, greens, banana, and fruit smoothie. Sounds gross but it's not and you can adjust the portions. My kids will even drink them. I do sweet smoothies not savory but that's always an option. The theory is it's difficult to actually chew greens thoroughly enough to get all the nutrients in digestible form so blending them takes the work out.
My typical recipe is usually a couple of handfuls of spinach with water to blend, then a banana or two and a couple of cups of frozen fruit - usually strawberries. Or OJ and Spinach is really good, too(think of the iron you'll be absorbing!). Some greens taste "greener" than others. Spinach is pretty bland. Romaine is okay but just do a little at a time or it stands out. Any green will work, any fruit will work. Mix it up.