Nutrition in pregnancy

During pregnancy, women tend to be more aware of how they nourish themselves. What you eat in pregnancy goes right to the baby - this is a real responsibility!
One of the big concerns for many women is how to get enough protein in their diet. Here are a few tips for vegetarian sources of protein:

  • Protein shakes: blend protein powder, nuts, fruit, and soy/rice/almond milk. Add wheat germ for extra iron. Add almond oil for your stretching skin.
  • Top salads with: nuts, wheat germ, tofu, olives, avocado, coconut, bean sprouts, sunflower seeds, broccoli, ground sesame seeds.
  • Sandwich ideas: Tahini/sprouts/tomato/avocado, mashed cooked beans/lettuce/bell pepper/pitted olives, tofu/pesto, baked tofu/sprouts/tomato/nut butter, nut butter/jam.
  • Snack ideas: vegetable sticks with hummous, apple slices with nut butter or tahini.

For further information about a vegetarian diet in pregnancy, try ‘Your Vegetarian Pregnancy: A month-by-month guide to health and nutrition’ by Dr Holly Roberts (Board-Certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist).

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