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The Vegetarian Mom

No meat? No problem. With good planning, vegetarians can easily meet nutritional requirements while pregnant and nursing. “It’s the nutritive quality of a mother’s foods, not the original source of each nutrient, that makes the difference in a baby’s health,” says Holly Roberts, M.D., a San Francisco-based ob/gyn and author of Your Vegetarian Pregnancy. Assess your diet to make sure you’re meeting the recommended dietary allowances (ask your doctor for a list or find them in Roberts’s book). The steps below can help you overcome some common challenges:

Mix it up. Vary foods daily so that trace minerals and nutrients you don’t consume one day will be consumed later that week.

Take prenatal vitamins. Supplements help pick up the slack where your diet falls short, says Robe...

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Get Trans Fat-Free!

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 First, the bad news: There’s a new fat in town, and it can be particularly unhealthy for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Now, the good news: Eating a healthy diet will take this threat off the table.

Called trans fat (or trans fatty acids), this substance is formed when liquid oil is “hydrogenated,” or made into a solid (such as margarine or shortening). Although trans fat isn’t nearly as prevalent as saturated fat  — the other “bad” one  — it has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including type II diabetes and breast cancer. Trans fat also raises the risk of heart disease by increasing LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and lowering HDL (“good” cholesterol).

For expectant and nursing moms, however, trans fat brings unique health risks...

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Weird Pregnancy Cravings

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Weird Pregnancy Cravings

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I had a lot of cravings for honey mustard.” —c_helwig89

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