I'm 29 and have been a vegetarian since I was a young child. My husband and I planning to start trying to conceive this summer. I am relatively healthy but I had a problem with iron deficiency a few years ago. I took prescription iron pills and have been ok since. I try to eat more spinach and foods with iron but I'm not always the best about it. My husband has mentioned a few times that he is worried about my nutrition having a bad effect on our future child. I have a cousin whose wife is vegan and her son was born with a cleft due to malnutrition. I don't really want to start eating meat but are there and precautions I should take to make sure I am healthy when trying to conceive?
Vegetarians can have healthy pregnancies, but have to be a little more aware of what they eat.
Talk to your OB before you get pregnant - she/he may be able to recommend a nutritionist who can guide you.
Be sure you are taking your prenatal - and consider taking additional vit B12 (with dr approval of course) even if it comes from an animal source. If during pregnancy you do crave meat - consider giving in - cravings may actually be our bodies telling us what it needs.
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Why take a chance? Find a meat that you consider to be raised in a non-objectionable manner and consume a bit of it, that would be my advice. You can always quit again once your little one arrives.
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Vegans can have healthier child birth, but have to be a little more conscious of what they eat, Discuss to your OB before you get expecting she/he may be able to suggest a nutritional expert who can information you....
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