One of the unavoidable parts of pregnancy is the need to take care of not just yourself but your unborn baby as well. A lot of people seem to have the idea that in order to do that, you need to pack on endless amounts of fat and just continue consuming food until the baby pops, but that’s not exactly the case. Even stranger, people have a misconception that a vegetarian diet, while able to work well for an adult, simply can’t provide everything the developing baby needs to be born healthy. If you’re pregnant and happen to be a vegetarian, here’s what you should be thinking about in regards to your diet.
The simplest things change when you discover you’re pregnant. Assuming you’re a responsible adult, you’ll give up smoking and drinking entirely for the extent you’re pregnant, as well as a while afterward (otherwise toxins can still get into breast milk). It’s also a good idea to give up caffeine, which sure, may be a difficult decision as a lot of people are reliant on their morning cup of Joe, but ultimately caffeine can speed up a fetus’ heartbeat and do some serious damage to their growth.
Error. Page cannot be displayed. Please contact your service provider for more details. (19)While pregnancy does require a heavier emphasis on watching what you eat and balancing things correctly, you can quite simply maintain your current vegetarian diet and be perfectly fine, save for the usual morning sickness and random bouts of nausea that goes hand-in-hand with babies. The goal is to avoid the usual junk foods that people associate with pregnancy (ice cream, chocolate, chips, cookies, cakes, etc.) and try and focus more on adding more calories to your diet where they count. The list of foods you could look into is pretty long, but you’ll want to make sure you’re getting some of the following:
-Calcium (tofu, kale, collard greens, carrots)