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A 42-year-old member asked:

is it safe to eat a vegetarian diet in pregnancy?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes: A vegetarian diet is perfectly acceptable in pregnancy. You should monitor your diet to make sure you are getting enough protein from other sources like beans, eggs, diary products and nuts. As with nonvegetarians you should take a daily prenatal vitamin and a calcium supplement.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, and: You will still need prenatal vitamins. If you are vegan (not eating eggs or dairy products) you'll also need B12 for sure.
Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: Vegetarians can have a perfectly normal pregnancy. There are considerations. You should make sure you get enough protein in your diet to accommodate your growing baby. Generally, we recommend talking to a nutritionist early on or before pregnancy to get an idea of the changes you will need to make.

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How can I best prepare for pregnancy as a single woman?

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Dr. Bruce Young
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Same as married: Proper diet, prenatal vitamins, normal exercise, & preconception visit with an OB doctor to assess any increased risks.
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How can my eating habits during pregnancy affect my child?

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Dr. Samuel Sadow
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Starts with desire!: See your primary care doctor first to get a check-up. Then, follow the mediterranean diet, daily physical activity 300 minutes per week for life. Reduce alcohol intake to 1 glass of wine 3-4 times per week. Avoid unsaturated fats, eat lots of good fats, eat and drink well in moderation. Eat protein at all meals and do not skip meals!
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What diet will prevent the progression of heart disease?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
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Somewhat: Diet with modification of fat intake, coupled with exercise can help slow heart disease progression. To say it can prevent it is probably stretching things. However, there is no question that regular exercise coupled with good diet habits and a physician's guidance imo can clearly improve one's cardiac disease status. I believe considerable research exists to back up that statement.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What must I avoid or limit in my diet while breastfeeding besides alcohol?

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A 21-year-old female asked:

I've been trying to get pregnant for a while so what's the best way to get pregnant with an irregular period?

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Dr. Frank Trogolo
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Pregnancy: I you have an irregular period it means you ovulate irregularly. You should keep a menstrual calendar writing when you start period and when you have sex. You can also buy an ovulation kit at the pharmacy, this will let you know when you ovulate so you can plan to have sex at that time. If you still can't get pregnant you should see a doctor and bring your menstrual calendar with you.

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