10 Dietary Recommendations for Vegetarians and Vegans

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It isn't just a diet – it's a way of life! With either lifestyle, you can have a healthy pregnancy, with proper planning.

Many health care professionals have serious concerns when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy.

The fact that you chose a vegetarian or vegan diet, however, should not affect your ability to have a healthy pregnancy.

Vegetarian

Your baby can receive the nutrition he or she needs to grow and develop, even if you follow a vegetarian meal plan! During pregnancy, it’s important to choose a variety of foods that provide enough protein and calories for both you and your baby. Depending on the type of vegetarian meal plan you follow, you might need to adjust your eating habits. A number of studies of lacto-ovo vegetarians (vegetarians who use dairy products and eggs) have shown that maternal weight gain and infant birth weights were not significantly different from those of non-vegetarians, according to Vegetarian Nutrition.

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Vegan

Many vegans begin pregnancy on the slim side and may gain weight very slowly. If this sounds like you, you will need to eat more food. Perhaps eating more often, or eating foods higher in fat and lower in bulk, will help. Two studies of vegan pregnancy, one in the U.S. and one in Great Britain, found birth weights to be similar to those of non-vegetarian women, while the average weight gain of vegan women was slightly higher than that of the reference population. Anemia was no more common in vegans than in non-vegetarians during pregnancy; and iron intake of some pregnant vegetarians was close to the recommended daily amount, even without supplements. A low incidence of preeclampsia (a condition of high blood pressure/high levels of protein in urine) has also been reported in vegan women.

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10 Dietary Recommendations for Vegetarians and Vegans

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  1. Profile photo of Chantal Chantal says:

    I eat meat, but I am not a fan. I want to go to a meat 2 times a week schedule.

  2. Profile photo of Kelly Kelly says:

    I don’t think I could do it I have to have my meats well I don’t eat that much meat anyways unless its white meat.

  3. Profile photo of Melissa Melissa says:

    Wfplno diet here. Will not be putting processed food in my body at all. And for people drinking cows milk…are you having a baby or a calf?

  4. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    im so scare of this happen to my baby, very important information to know

  5. Profile photo of Samantha Samantha says:

    I really like this article. I am thinking about becoming a vegetarian but am still gathering information on doing so. I don’t eat much meat at all as it is.

  6. wow. seems like alot of work

  7. Profile photo of Elisha Elisha says:

    I was a quasi-vegetarian (dairy, eggs, and seafood…with the RARE addition of chicken or steak) before I got pregnant and did quite a bit of juicing. Now that I am pregnant, I have switched my almond milk for cow’s milk and meat has made a bit more of an appearance, but for the most part, I am consuming 75% vegetarian and gaining pretty well (maybe too well)

  8. Profile photo of Marlena AntonucciEditor Marlena Antonucci says:

    My diet contains more protein now that I’ve cut out meat altogether.

  9. Profile photo of Timothy Timothy says:

    we eat very little red meat

  10. Profile photo of Timothy Timothy says:

    We eat a lot of vegies.. but we like our meat also..

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