Whether you are decreasing your intake of red meat, limiting your intake of dairy products, or fully committed to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, Your Vegetarian Pregnancy: A Month by Month Guide to Health and Nutrition by Dr. Holly Roberts presents an abundance of information to help optimize baby's and mother's health during pregnancy.
Roberts is a board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist, and she
has been a vegetarian, a physician, and a mother for over twenty-five
years. She wrote Your Vegetarian Pregnancy to educate young women in their quest for
answers about diet and health, and to combine essential obstetrical
information with sound nutritional guidance.
women are moving towards a semi-vegetarian diet, limiting meat intake,
or eliminating red meat entirely. Vegetarians need to pay close
attention to diet in order to obtain sufficient quantities of Vitamin
D, Vitamin B-12, Zinc, Iron, Omega-3 fatty acids, and protein during
pregnancy. Dr. Roberts reviews the requirements for all types of
vegetarian lifestyles-including lacto-ovo vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian,
vegan, and macrobiotic-in order to help readers select a plan that
best suits her health needs and ethical choices.
Your Vegetarian Pregnancy addresses:
- Basic health
issues, such as fetal development, hormonal changes during pregnancy,
knowing your family history, and dealing with health complications
during pregnancy as a vegetarian.
- Key nutrients
for mother and baby, with suggestions on how to obtain these through
diet, vitamins and supplements
- The many benefits
of eating vegetarian during pregnancy
- Nursing as
a vegetarian and beginning your child on a healthy vegetarian diet
- After you deliver
- Energy Highs and Lows, Taking of the Pregnancy Pounds, Body
Changes, and Healing
Inside the cover:
you're eating for two, you need to eat well. There's no question
that a vegetarian or vegan diet is just as nutritionally sound during
pregnancy as one that includes animal protein. In fact, vegetarian
nutrition offers pregnant women valuable health benefits that you
simply won't find in a nonvegetarian diet, such as higher levels
of folic acid, lower cholesterol, and an abundant variety of essential
minerals, vitamins, and nutrients. Whether you are already vegetarian
or you simply want to reduce the amount of meat in your diet, making
the right dietary choices to support you and your baby is the key
to a safe, healthy pregnancy.
every nutritional guideline recommended by the American College
of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Your Vegetarian Pregnancy is the first
authoritative guide to maintaining a healthy plant-based diet before,
during, and after the birth of your child. Combining complete obstetrical
information with sound nutritional guidance, this guide will educate
you about: Basic pregnancy issues, such as fetal development, changes
within your body, and preparation for labor and delivery. What to
expect each month, and how to cope with the unexpected. Key nutrients
for your baby and you, with suggestions on how to obtain these through
diet, vitamins, and supplements.
myriad benefits to eating vegetarian during pregnancy, in an entire
chapter comparing vegetarian and nonvegetarian nutrition. With this
unique and accessible handbook, you can be confident that your vegetarian
pregnancy will be wonderfully beneficial for both you and your baby.
About the Author:
Holly Roberts is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as
well as in pathology. She also has advanced fellowships training
in cancer surgery. Dr. Roberts founded a non-profit lecture series
in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Read more about our guest here!
StorkNet interview with Dr. Roberts
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