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Your Vegetarian Pregnancy

Your Vegetarian Pregnancy

A Month-by-Month Guide to Health and Nutrition

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.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743224529 | 
  • July 2003
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For as long as I can remember, I never liked to eat meat. It was at the age of thirteen that I became inspired to be a physician and to cease eating the flesh of other animals. Both concepts occurred to me when I awoke after having my appendix removed. I recognized that the doctor looking over my bed had saved my life, and I decided that someday, I too would save lives. I also truly appreciated the sanctity of life and resolved that I would seek to live my life without taking the life of any other creature.

I did not realize how circuitous my journey to become a physician would be. The journey took me from Brooklyn... see more

About the Author

Holly Roberts
Photo Credit: Danny Sanchez

Holly Roberts

Dr. Holly Roberts is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pathology. She also has advanced fellowship training in cancer surgery. Dr. Roberts is the cofounder of a nonprofit lecture series on health and wellness. She lives in Little Silver, New Jersey.




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