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If you plan your food choices carefully, a vegan or lacto-ovo vegetarian eating plan can supply all the nutrients and calories necessary for both mom and baby during pregnancy and nursing.
For pregnant or nursing vegetarians, here are some important tips to remember:
- Enjoy enough high-quality protein from foods like beans (legumes), grain products, seeds and nuts.
- Consume enough calcium. This is easy if you eat and drink dairy products, but perhaps more challenging if you are a vegan.
- Eat and drink enough vitamin D. You need vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium. Vitamin D can be found in many foods and drinks including fortified juices and cereals.
If you decide to become a vegetarian during pregnancy, consult a registered dietitian first.
For more information about a vegetarian eating plan during pregnancy, consult a registered dietitian in your area or visit our Vegetarian Lifestyle page.
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