I maintain at about 1100-1200 clean, low-ish carb calories and have for the last 10+ years of my life (I'm petite) with few exceptions, of course. When I'm consistently at 1000, I lose, but I rarely veer far above 1200 and I just get a little stricter if I feel like the 5lb cushion is getting too far or if I want to look especially good for an event.
When I was pregnant last time, I gained about 80lbs. I ate closer to a "normal amount" and the weight just piled on. As a good example, a 1600 diet as recommended by a nutritionist made me gain 15lbs within about two months. For me, that is a lot of food and weight.
I am looking at having another baby in the near future, but I'm not sure if I should be eating around 1500 (1200 maintenance + 300 for baby) or much higher than that since my maintenance numbers are so low.
I don't trust my hunger cues and would feel much more comfortable with a daily plan/goal. I definitely don't want a repeat of my last pregnancy. It took me a full year to take that weight off! I fear being chastised by doctors for unnecessary weight gain, but I also don't want to be so uncomfortable.