Menu Help for Vegetarian Moms-to-be
Pregnant women who are vegetarians or vegans can get all the nutrients they need for them and their babies.
Reviewed By Cynthia Haines
Whether you are a vegetarian (no meat) or strict vegan (no dairy products or eggs either), a well-balanced diet during pregnancy can provide all the nutrients necessary for both you and your baby -- along with the extra 300 calories per day that the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends for all pregnant women.
The following tips can help you plan your meals. They are provided by Michael Klaper, MD, director of the Institute of Nutrition Education and Research in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and author of the book Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet, and Virginia Messina, a registered dietitian (RD) and co-author with Kenneth Burke, RD, of the 1997 American Dietetics Association position paper on vegetarian diets.
Originally published Dec. 14, 2001.
Medically updated February 2005.
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