Thrive Offers Prenatal Vitamins All Natural To Support A Vegetarian Diet During Pregnancy
(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 24, 2014 ) Little Rock, AR -- A vegetarian Pregnancy diet can be just as healthy and nutritionally adequate as any regular pregnancy diet. According to the USDA, "Vegetarian diets are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and can meet Recommended Dietary Allowances for nutrients."
Even when the mother is eating a vegetarian diet during pregnancy, the baby can still receive the key nutrients needed to grow and develop healthfully. The goal as a pregnant vegetarian is to follow certain guidelines for healthy vegetarian eating to make sure that adequate amounts of nutrients and calories are available in the diet for both mom and baby to use. It is important to adjust eating habits, including adding a variety of foods that are not normally in the diet and supplementing with an all natural prenatal vitamin.
"Everyone needs some supplementing," says macrobiotic expert Christina Pirello, MFN, CCN, the Emmy Award-winning host of the television series Christina Cooks.
"Our food has changed so much. Our soil is weaker; our water is more polluted, so the result is that food today is less nutrient-dense than in the past. Unless you are eating a perfect diet of homegrown food, most of us need some supplementing even superheroes who eat very well most of the time," Pirello explains further.
A pregnant vegetarian or vegan would need supplementation to get important vitamins which can only come from animal fats and proteins such as Vitamins B12 and E.
"Because strict vegetarians are not consuming animal products, the nutrients they tend to need are vitamin B12, zinc, iron and omega-3 fatty acids like DHA," says OB-GYN and reproductive endocrinologist Robert Greene, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., a fertility specialist at CNY Fertility center in Syracuse, N.Y. "Look for supplements that contain these vitamins plus DHA from algae, a vegetarian source, rather than from fish."
Iron requirements double during pregnancy and those requirements may be greater for women on a vegetarian diet because iron from plant sources is absorbed less efficiently by the body.1 The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that all pregnant women, whether vegan or non-vegan, take an iron supplement after week 20 or earlier if iron levels in the body are low.
It is also important to make sure that there is enough vitamin B12 in the pregnancy vegan diet. Vitamin B12 can only be acquired from animal food sources so pregnant vegans need to supplement with prenatal vitamins to meet required amounts during pregnancy. Vitamin B12 is an important nutrient that is used to metabolize folic acid which aids the proper development of the baby in the womb and helps to prevent birth defects.
"Vegans and non-vegans alike, but especially vegans, need to take Vitamin B12. It used to be that people who ate animal food were getting the B12 they needed, but with our food becoming more compromised, B12 is not there, and we need to get it," says Pirello.
Supplementing the vegetarian diet with Prenatal vitamins all natural is an important part of a healthy pregnancy to ensure that missing nutrients in the diet are compensated for.
"Expectant mothers need higher amounts of certain vitamins and minerals including iron and folic acid, and a prenatal vitamin can help balance out nutrients in a healthy vegan diet to meet all the requirements of a growing baby," says Darla Bush, director of product formulation and Vice President at Thrive Plus .
Thrive+ prenatal vitamins are all natural and are gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, and yeast-free. Thrive+ does not contain artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives or additives. Thrive+ can provide the recommended allowances for folic acid, iron, vitamin D, calcium and other vitamins and minerals needed to help support a healthy pregnancy diet. Thrive is now offered thru Amazon.com and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee for full satisfaction.
1 World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Vitamin and mineral requirements in human nutrition. 2nd ed. Rome: World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; 2004.
About Thrive Plus
The Thrive Plus company, makers of Thrive prenatal vitamins, is dedicated to helping mommies and babies become healthy and stay healthy and thriving. Thrive Plus focuses on the wellness of both woman and child before, during and after pregnancy. With that goal in mind, Thrive Plus aspires to provide only the best resources to help women make great choices concerning her health and that of her baby's.
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