Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnancy Nutrition for Vegetarians

You can continue eating a vegetarian diet during pregnancy, but talk to your healthcare provider first to make sure you are getting adequate nutrition during pregnancy.
 
If you do not eat any animal foods, it may be difficult to get enough of the important nutrients, including protein, iron, vitamin B12, and vitamin D.
 
Your healthcare provider may ask you to meet with a registered dietitian, who can help you plan meals and may also recommend that you take supplements.
 

Tips for Healthy Eating

Meet the needs of your body and help avoid common discomforts of pregnancy by following these pregnancy nutrition tips:
 
  • Eat breakfast every day. If you feel sick to your stomach in the morning, choose dry whole-wheat toast or whole-grain crackers when you first wake up -- even before you get out of bed. Eat the rest of your breakfast (fruit, oatmeal, cereal, milk, yogurt, or other foods) later in the morning.
     
  • Eat high-fiber foods. Eating whole-grain cereals, vegetables, fruits, beans, whole-wheat breads, and brown rice, along with drinking plenty of water and getting daily physical activity, can help prevent the constipation that many women have during pregnancy.
     
  • Keep healthy foods on hand. A fruit bowl filled with apples, bananas, peaches, oranges, and grapes makes it easy to grab a healthy snack. Fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables make healthy and quick additions to meals, as do canned beans.
     
  • If you have heartburn during your pregnancy, eat small meals more often, eat slowly, avoid spicy and fatty foods (such as hot peppers or fried chicken), drink beverages between meals instead of with meals, and do not lie down right after eating.
     
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