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Contrary to what some sources would have you believe, it is very safe to be a vegetarian or a vegan and to be pregnant.
The only time there might be a problem is when you get too little of these in your diet:
You should consume at least 300 extra calories per day throughout the pregnancy, plus at least 1,000 mg of calcium per day.
It’s important to get enough protein in your diet. Some good sources of protein for vegetarians who are pregnant are: beans, brown rice, and vegetables such as mushrooms, avacadoes and peas.
In addition to your prenatal vitamin and a daily dose of VItamin D, it’s necessary to take extra B vitamin supplements. You also need extra iron in your diet when you’re pregnant. All of these vitamins tend to be absent (or decreased) in a vegetarian or vegan diet. This is one reason that actress Natalie Portman switched from a vegan diet to a vegetarian diet.
These videos touch on each of the above and their importance for the pregnant vegetarian…
More Pregnant Vegetarian Tips
Pros & Cons Of A Vegetarian Pregnancy
Nutrition During Pregnancy For Vegetarians
The Vegetarian Food Pyramid Guide For Pregnant Women
Vegetarian Diet During Pregnancy
Diet Tips For A Healthy Vegetarian Pregnancy
Vegetarian Pregnancy And Breastfeeding
The Pregannt Vegetarian Website
Healthy Eating Tips For Pregnant Vegans & Vegetarians
Your Vegetarian Pregnancy Book: A Month-By-Month Guide
Vegetarian Diets For Pregnancy: What You Need
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