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Your Vegetarian Pregnancy
A Month-by-Month Guide to Health and Nutrition

by Dr. Holly Roberts, D.O., FACOG

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.

Dr. 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.

Many 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:

When 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.

Fulfilling 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.

The 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:
Dr. 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

To Purchase:
   • Your Vegetarian Pregnancy at Amazon.com
   • Your Vegetarian Pregnancy at Amazon UK
   • Your Vegetarian Pregnancy at Amazon Canada

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