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A good friend of mine is a Vegetarian. When she was pregnant, she was concerned about eating healthy for her baby but at the same time, following her lifestyle and eating habits. What she learned was she could continue her vegetarianism and have a healthy baby. Along with prenatal vitamins, her doctor also had her take supplements.
To break it down, here are some things you should be aware of if you are a vegetarian:
Calories You need 300 more calories a day when you are pregnant. So this is not a time to start dieting. Vegetarian foods are usually lower in fat and calories than meat so you might need to eat more to get enough nutrition.
Calcium If you don't eat dairy, try to have calcium through other foods such as tofu, broccoli, beans, dark green leafy vegetables, calcium enriched orange juice or calcium fortified soy milk.
Protein If you're a ovo-lacto vegetarian, you can find protein in milk and eggs. You can also get protein through nuts, legumes, whole grains and meat subsitutes such as veggie burgers.
Vitamin B12 Be sure that you are taking vitamins that have B12. Vitamin B12 can also be found in breakfast cereals.
Vitamin D This vitamin is found in fish liver oils as well as milk and soy milk that are fortified with vitamin D.