I am pregnant and a vegetarian. Could you recommend nutrients or supplements I should be taking?
Whether they’re omnivores or herbivores, expectant moms need about one-third more than usual of most nutrients. They should pay extra attention to folate (also called vitamin B9), because it has been shown to reduce the risk of neural-tube defects in fetal development. Insider tip: A way to remember where you can find this nutrient is by knowing the root word is “foliage” (leafy plants!), but it is also abundant in beans, peas, oranges and fortified foods/supplements.
However, vegetarian (including vegan) mothers want to also be sure to hit the mark for zinc, iodine, choline, iron, protein, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats. Specifically, daily iron intake needs to make a big leap from 18 milligrams to about 48 milligrams, while omega-3 fats from chia seeds, flax or algal oil supplements should make a regular appearance in your food and supplement routine. Vitamin B12 is always a consideration for vegetarians, because it is not found naturally in plant foods.
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A registered dietitian with Kroger, Molly provides private nutrition-counseling services, and has been a public speaker, radio talk-show guest, blog author and TV news presenter for Kroger. She enjoys helping customers simplify the confusing world of nutrition labels, dietary intolerances, weight management and plant-based nutrition.
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