If you are a vegan, who is expecting, you may be concerned about your baby's growth and nutrition intake. Well, the good news is that you can follow a vegan diet and have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. All you need is to make sure, that your diet includes protein, calcium, iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin D.
Here's the list of nutrients and the resources you need if you are a vegan:
All kinds of Lentils and Legumes like moong, tur, masoor, rajma, chana, soybean, whole grains, soy and nuts and seeds
Split or green peas
Black, navy, kidney or pinto beans
Bulgar (Dalia), buckwheat (Kuttu) and whole wheat couscous
Whole-grain cereals and breads
Nut butters made of Almond/ Peanut/ Cashew
Walnuts, cashews, pistachios, almonds, Brazil nuts and pine nuts
All kinds of Green leafy vegetables
Calcium-fortified orange juice
Spinach, all other greens leafy vegetables
Vitamin B12-fortified soy milk
(Also read: 13 Foods That Help Power Your Baby During Pregnancy)
Fortified soy milk, breads, cereals and Orange juice are a few sources of Vitamin D. However, they are usually not enough. It is important therefore, to take a supplement to meet your daily requirements of Vitamin D.
For a Vegan diet plan, substitute milk with Almond / Cashew / Peanut / Coconut milk. Various milk products like cheese and yoghurt can be made from these milks. Substitute paneer with tofu.
Green smoothie with spinach, apple, lemon, peanut butter with whole grain bread, jowar dosas, whole grain bread sandwich with hummus, tomatoes and lettuce, flax seeds can be eaten as breakfast or as snacks in between.
With a little thought and some planning, a well-balanced pregnancy vegan diet - that is focused on the above nutrients can ensure that you get all your necessary nutrients. In addition do take all your prenatal vitamins every day.
Visit your doctor for all of your prenatal appointments. Your doctor will monitor you and will keep a check to ensure you are not deficient of the nutrients you need. Ask your doctor if you have any doubts or questions regarding your diet.
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