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Top 10 Things to Know About Managing a Vegetarian Pregnancy

  1. Vegetarianism and pregnancy are very compatible

Just like there is an erroneous perception in the Western society that vegetarian diets lack proteins, there’s also a perception that being vegetarian or vegan is not healthy during a pregnancy. In reality, sticking to a vegetarian diet while you are expecting can provide you will all the nutrients that you need and is very healthy. Vegetarian women all over the world have been having healthy babies for centuries.

  1. The basics are similar for vegetarians and non-vegetarians

Pregnancy is the perfect time to become proactive about your health whether you are a vegetarian or not. The advice about pregnancy is often similar for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. It has to do with limiting sweets and junk foods, getting physical activity and drinking plenty of water.

  1. Pregnant vegetarians have an edge

The edge has to do with the vegetarian diet being very slimming, which is why pregnant vegetarians often have close-to-ideal body weight. Vegetarian women are also more likely to be eating more foods that contain folic acid. This is important because folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects.

  1. Your goal should be to maximize your nutrition

Well-nourished women have strong immune systems and are less likely to get common illnesses including the flu, which is why you want to make sure that you are eating plenty of nutritious foods while pregnant. This means excluding junk foods and including more whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables.

  1. Make sure that you get plenty of vitamins

This is especially important when it comes to iron because many women in North America go into pregnancy with low iron levels and find themselves deficient during pregnancy. Also, make sure to supplement your diet with vitamin B12.

  1. Staying fit helps

Staying fit helps pregnant women maintain strength and toned muscles. If you have been exercising before the pregnancy, it is likely that you will continue working out through pregnancy. If you have not been exercising, the beginning of a pregnancy is a great time to get started with a new exercise program.

  1. You will need to watch your weight gains

If your weight is close to your ideal weight, expect to gain anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds during a pregnancy. If you are overweight going into pregnancy, you are likely to gain between 15 and 25 pounds. It is important to monitor your weight to make sure that it increases in a healthy way.

  1. There are many things to do to ensure that you are gaining weight in a proper way

If you need extra calories, start snacking between the meals. Replace lean and low-calorie foods with starchy calorie-dense products such as soups with rice and vegetables. Eat more corn, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

  1. You may be gaining weight too quickly

If your issue is that your weight is going up too fast, your pregnancy is the time to reduce the number of calories. Limit sweets and greasy foods. Replace them with salads, leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables.

  1. You should be getting regular guidance from your doctor

While vegetarians and vegans typically know more about foods and health than non-vegetarians, you should be visiting your doctor regularly and follow all the advice, be it about taking multivitamins or adding folic acid to your diet.