A vegetarian diet requires special
attention so that you get enough
vitamin D, and zinc, in addition to the extra
folic acid, iron, and
calcium that all expectant mothers need. These
nutrients are vital to your fetus's cellular growth, brain and organ
development, and weight gain.
Calcium is an important nutrient, especially during
pregnancy. If you can't or don't eat dairy products, you can get calcium in
your diet from
nonmilk sources such as tofu, broccoli, fortified
orange juice or soy milk, greens, and almonds.
Exercise during pregnancy can help your body best handle labor, delivery,
Moderate activity such as brisk walking or swimming is ideal
during pregnancy. Some women enjoy prenatal yoga. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after you are
active. This is very important when it's hot out.
Sources of food poisoning that may cause listeriosis
or toxoplasmosis infection, such as raw meat, poultry, or seafood;
unwashed fruits or vegetables; and cat feces or outdoor soil that cats commonly
Raw (unpasteurized) milk and cheeses made with raw milk
Fish that may contain mercury, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel,
tilefish, more than
6 oz (0.2 kg) of white albacore
tuna per week, or fish caught in local waters that haven't tested as safe