Vegetarian food and pregnancy
What you eat when you're pregnant is extremely important, but it's even more important if you're vegetarian. Vegetarian mums-to-be need to be especially vigilant about getting enough protein and iron.
It’s important to eat a varied diet when you’re pregnant, and protein is an important part of that diet. It’s vital to a baby's growth and development. Getting enough protein can be a challenge for vegetarian mums-to-be in particular.
As well as meat, you can get protein from milk, cheese, eggs, soy milk, tofu, cereals, nuts and pulses. Your baby needs various kinds of protein, so make sure you eat a wide selection from all these food groups.
As you do not eat meat, good sources of dietary iron are wholemeal cereal products, pulses, leafy green vegetables and dried fruit.
If you do not eat dairy products, it would be a good idea to take calcium supplements. Talk to your LMC about this.
It’s great to take a multivitamin tablet every day, regardless of whether you´re vegetarian or not. If you choose one of the supplements made for pregnant women, you will get the recommended doses of folic acid and vitamin D in your tablet. It’s difficult to get a sufficient amount of these nutrients through food alone.
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