Vegetarian Dietitians for Preagnant Women Brookline MA
Jamaica Plain, MA
The Pregnant Vegetarian
|The Pregnant Vegetarian|
Weight gain during pregnancy is generally between 25 and 35 pounds, so if you are avoiding meat you'll need to ensure that you are still gaining adequate weight. Your doctor can help if you are having problems gaining the suggested weight by increasing certain foods.
Many vegetarians worry that they aren't getting enough protein, which is largely found in meats and fish. You need about 71 grams each day, and you can get the necessary amount from things like soy milk, yogurt, brown rice and tofu.
Omega 3 fatty acids are a necessary part of brain function and development. These are mostly found in fish, but if that's not in your diet, you'll need to eat foods like flax seed and walnuts to get the recommended intake.
Calcium is necessary for the bone development of the baby, and to help with bone loss in the mother. Have at least three servings a day of milk, yogurt or other dairy products. Even skim milk and yogurt have as much calcium as whole milk.
You should be eating four servings of foods like dried beans and peas, since they are full of iron and zinc. Iron is also found in fortified breakfast cereals and green vegetables, so incorporate these into your meals. Ten servings of vegetables and fruits each day will keep you and your baby healthy and strong. To get your vitamin B12, have six to eleven servings of whole grains in foods like rice and bread.
If you are vegan, which means you don't eat any animal products, you will have to be much more careful about getting the required nutrition for a healthy pregnancy. Although you can ge...