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Vegetarian Diet During Pregnancy

 -By Dr. Mansukhani

  • As your obstetrician is most familiar with your medical record, consult him/her about the ideal diet.
  • It is very important that you get plenty of exercise. 
  • A vegetarian diet is preferable comprising plenty of fruits and salads. 
  • Vitamin E and fish oil capsules (the latter can be optional for vegetarians if they have a problem) are also important for the fetus growing inside.
  • Have protein in the form of lentils that (you should soak overnight) and have at least 2 cups of milk and yogurt. 
  • Minimum oil in your diet is advisable. Avoid excessive butter and cheese as it builds on the total calories, which have to be kept in check. 
  • It is very important that your blood sugar level should be under control and that you should be watching your blood glucose level with a gluconometer, which you should be having at home. Do this 2-3 times daily and if it is in control then you should have a good normal baby and also the baby should not be overweight. 
  • It is advisable to have an ultrasound done in the 28th and 34th week to make sure that the baby is not overgrowing, which happens in diabetes. 
  • As your pregnancy progresses, your blood sugar may get out of control and you may require admission in a hospital. So it's really up to you to take a good and correct diet that keeps your sugar count in control. 
  • Vegetarian intake should consist of chappatis and plenty of vegetables. Avoid bread, have salads twice a day and 4-5 fruits a day. 


Hope this helps you have a normal and a healthy baby. 

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Rachna L.4 years ago
Dr Mansukhani, here in the UK doctors advise not to consume fish oils as they contain Vitamin A (Retinol) which causes fetal deformities. Vegetarian diets do not contain Retinol (the fat-soluble version of Vitamin A, found in red meat, fish, and animal fatty tissue); instead they contain the water-soluble version of Vitamin A (beta-carotene, found in yellow, red and orange vegetables and fruits), excess levels of which can be more easily discharged by the body.
 
 
 
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Neelakshi.4 years ago
I think vegetarian diet is healthier. Unlike non-veg diet, it is light on stomach and easy to digest. the digestive system is sluggish in pregnancy so this diet does not create any digestion related problems.
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Suhani.4 years ago
Vegetarian diet is very healthy and it can also provide complete nutrients. a vegetarian diet can be a balanced diet if all food groups are taken in right proportion.
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Farookh.4 years ago
i think a non-vegetarian diet is the best for pregnancy. in just small portion, it provides a whole lot of nutrients. all essential vitamins and minerals can be got from a non-veg diet.
 
 
 
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