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In order to gain the ideal amount of weight, doctors recommend that pregnant women consume about 300 extra calories a day and those calories should not ALWAYS be from cake and ice cream!

While indulging on craved delicacy during pregnancy is certainly okay every once in a while, pregnant women should try and get in the custom of eating healthy food and drink every day, both the reduce the amount of weight gained over the nine month period, and to send that fetus the message that it’s momma cares about health!

Here are some 300 calorie snacks to consider:

* 1 medium apple and one cup of low fat or fat free non-flavored yogurt with a tablespoon of 100% fruit jam for flavor.

* 1 cup of vanilla ice cream or fruit sorbet, topped with a teaspoon of chocolate sprinkles.

* 1 hardboiled egg sliced on a piece of whole wheat toast. You can add a thin layer of low fat mayo.

* Raw vegetables (celery, tomatoes, carrots, kohlrabi) dipped in 1/2 cup of homemade humus.

* 1 banana and 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter and a small handful of raisins.

* A small whole wheat tortilla with 1/3 cup of melted low fat cheese.

* 6 cups of air popped popcorn sprinkled with 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.

* 1/2 cup of shredded or cubed chicken breast on top of a bed of salad greens (1 cup)

* 1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese with a 1/2 cup of fruit (apples, pears, melon, grapes)

* Three 100-calorie pack snacks spread out throughout the day.

* 1/4 cup of almonds, 1/4 cup of raisins, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips

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