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Should I eat only vegetarian food during pregnancy? Know expert opinion

Experts say that pregnant women should discuss in detail with their doctor and nutritionist and eat the food prescribed by them for the proper development of the child.

Soon-to-be-mother Alia Bhatt's baby shower event will have a vegetarian menu as the actress switched to vegetarianism in 2020. Alia Bhatt is currently in the last phase of her pregnancy It is worth noting that in the last few decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of vegetarians and vegetarians at the global level. Studies done so far have found that with the help of vegetarian diet, the risk of heart diseases, cancer and type-2 diabetes etc. can be reduced. But now the question arises whether eating vegetarian food during pregnancy is good for the health of the baby?

A Delhi-based nutritionist Dr. Nishant Tanwar told TV9 that a pregnant woman who eats a vegetarian diet may have to deal with severe deficiency of vitamin B12, calcium, iodine, iron as well as protein etc. Because of this, the weight of the baby may also remain low at the time of birth.

Dr. Tanwar explained, 'Iron is the most important nutrient for the formation of red blood cells during pregnancy, a deficiency of which can lead to anemia. Similarly, vitamin B12 is very important for the development of the child's brain.

Vegetarian food beneficial in reducing calories

The expert said that a vegetarian diet can be a good option for those who want to reduce calorie intake and reduce the risk of heart diseases. However, vegetarian diet is not advisable for pregnant women. This is because protein is very important for the better and healthy growth of the baby during pregnancy.

Animal proteins such as eggs, chicken, fish, milk and other dairy products are good sources of protein. If a woman is a vegetarian, she will need a supplement for these proteins. According to Dr. Tanwar, 'It is always better to eat such food, so that the body gets vitamins and nutrients naturally. Do not have to take medicines for them.

Is it okay to eat vegetarian food during pregnancy?

Dr. Shobha Gupta, Gynecologist and Infertility Expert at Mother's Lap IVF Center in Pitampura, Delhi said that for most Indians being vegetarian means consuming vegetarian food and dairy products. "They ignore only one thing, they are meat related products," he said.

According to The Healthline, veganism is a way of life, in which animals are not exploited in any way and no cruelty is shown towards them. Whether it is for food, clothing or any other purpose.

Plant based diet is good for intestines

According to Dr. Shobha, 'The general opinion is that poultry based products take time to digest. Due to this, pregnant women prefer to eat plant-based diet.

Dr. Gupta stressed, 'But most important thing is that pregnant women discuss in detail with their doctor and nutritionist and take the food prescribed by them for proper development of the child.'

Dr. Shobha Gupta also agreed on Dr. Tanwar's points. He said that dairy products are very important for bone health. Bioavailability is high in these things. But there are also alternatives like soy milk for these. Dr. Tanwar said, 'Pregnant women can eat tangerines, oatmeal, millet, almonds and pulses.'

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