Photo: Courtesy of LionsgateLeslie Goldman, SELF magazine
Whether kids are way, waaay in the future or you're baby-crazy now, a SELF survey shows you're getting mixed messages when it comes to pregnancy. For the real deal, read on.
1. How many extra calories do you really get to chow down when you're "eating for two"?
C: More than half the readers self surveyed got this wrong. Alas, pregnancy is not a feeding frenzy. In fact, you'll need only a couple of smart snacks a day, like an apple with 2 tablespoons of almond butter, for 300 extra calories total, says Ashley Koff, R.D., of Los Angeles.
2. What's the real limit on coffee?
A: There's no limit if it's decaf.
B: Have less than 2 cups a day.
C: You get zip-not even decaf.
B: Thirty-five percent thought it's all or nothing, but in truth it's a sliding scale: Zero caffeine is safest, up to 200 milligrams a day is OK, but more can increase miscarriage risk, says Amanda Williams Calhoun, M.D., an ob/gyn with Kaiser