According to a London-based study, women aren’t truly eating for two during pregnancy. During periods when a women’s body is producing more estrogen, the woman’s body becomes more efficient at storing fat than usual.
However, studies find that excess weight gain during pregnancy can have some negative affects on the baby. Children born to obese mothers tend to be overweight and victim to other life-risking factors, such as high blood pressure and excess sugar and fat levels in the blood. Whether this correlation is due to nature or nurture remains to be studied, but one thing can be clear: health tends to be passed down from mother to offspring.
Doctors recommend eating a balanced and healthy diet, but “dieting” or “weight monitoring” is not advised.