it possible to follow a vegetarian diet during pregnancy?
Whether you are a vegan, a lacto-vegetarian, a lacto-ovo-vegetarian
or a semi-vegetarian, you will have to pay careful attention
to what you eat to ensure you are getting the essential
nutrients during pregnancy. Specifically you will want
to maximize iron absorption by combining iron rich foods
with foods that help with the absorption (e.g. eating
your iron fortified cereal with a glass of orange juice).
You will want to ensure you are obtaining adequate number
of complete protein exchanges from legumes and grains
and dairy foods, if applicable. Vegetarians are also
at risk of developing deficiencies in vitamins B12,
B2 and D, and calcium, iron and zinc. Make sure your
doctor knows about vegetarian diet; your doctor may
want to monitor your hemoglobin levels regularly.