Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarian and Pregnant? Utica Park Clinic OB/Gyn Dr. Kerri Anthony discusses what expectant mothers need to know.

Is it safe to be a vegetarian while pregnant?  

Yes! It is perfectly safe to continue a vegetarian diet throughout pregnancy, but there are some important considerations. The vegetarian diet will be lacking important nutrients needed for the pregnancy, so you will have to make sure to select food items that will provide from these groups: protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats.  

You should also be taking folic acid.

 

How does a vegetarian diet affect the healing of wounds?

An estimated 22.8 million Americans follow a largely vegetarian influenced diet, according to the 2008 report “Vegetarianism in America” published by Vegetarian Times. It appears most people make this decision to improve their overall health, with 53 percent of those surveyed stating health as the reason for choosing a vegetarian diet. However, could vegetarians be adversely affecting their health inadvertently by eliminating protein found in meat and chicken?