(Oct. 30) The personalized MyPyramid.gov, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, now accounts for those who are eating for two. A new feature at the Web site, called MyPyramid for Moms, caters to pregnant and breastfeeding women.

MyPyramid.gov has received more than 4 billion hits since its release in April 2005. Users can enter their age, height, weight, gender and physical activity level and receive personalized food pyramids that indicate the amounts and what kinds of grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat and beans they should be eating daily.

The site recommends a variety of dark green, orange, starchy and other vegetables, as well as dry beans and peas, to make up the user’s vegetable intake.

Users of MyPyramid for Moms enter additional information, such as due date and pre-pregnancy weight, to obtain their personal pyramids. The site generates different pyramids for the mom’s first, second and third trimesters, as well as the first six months after the child’s birth and the six months to a year after the child’s birth.

Jackie Haven, a registered dietician and nutritionist at USDA, said the plan recommends a substantial increase in the consumption of fruits and vegetables during the third trimester and during the six months to a year after the child’s birth.

“We think this will be a great way to help people get the produce they need,” Haven said.

MyPyramid for Moms was developed by the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and by the Women, Infants and Children Program.

The Department of Health and Human Services and George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C., collaborated on the project by looking over the dietary information and providing feedback.

The USDA plans to release the MyPyramid Menu Planner in January. The new feature will allow users to submit what they’ve eaten or submit a meal plan, and the planner keeps track of the amounts the user has consumed from each food group.