A balanced vegetarian diet can provide all the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy. If you eat a vegetarian diet, pay special attention to getting enough protein, vitamin B12, calcium, vitamin D, zinc, and iron while you are pregnant and breast-feeding. These nutrients are vital to your fetus's cellular growth, brain and organ development, and weight gain.
Consider working with a registered dietitian to be sure you are eating a balanced diet, particularly if you plan to eat a vegan diet. A vegan diet places both you and your fetus at risk of being poorly nourished during your pregnancy.
Prenatal vitamins are very important for pregnant women who are on a vegan diet.
Talk to your doctor about how to get all the nutrients you need with a vegetarian or vegan diet.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Kirtly Jones, MD, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Last Revised||November 10, 2010|
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