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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.5 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.
Neelakshi.5 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.
Suhani.5 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.
Farookh.5 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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