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    Kines 199 Fall 2019

The Effects of Vegetarian and Vegan Diets on Development During Pregnancy

This article discusses how a mother consuming a vegetarian or vegan diet without consuming the adequate amount of nutrients could place harmful developmental delays on their offspring. I thought that this would have have been an appropriate subject since we are talking more about bone and muscle development. In short, a mother is able to birth a perfectly healthy baby while following a meatless diet, however she just needs to be aware that she is consuming enough vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B12, A, D as well as minerals along the liens of calcium, zinc, iron, and iodine. Calcium can easily be consumed through dairy products, but most people do not know that calcium also comes in the form of bean and nuts, for example. Since many are not aware, this could pose a risk for the growing fetus; lack of calcium in the mother's diet can cause delays in fetal bone development after the 12th week. Furthermore, after the child is born and the mother begins to breastfeed, if there is a lack of of vitamin d within the breast milk it poses a risk for the child to not receive the correct amount of nutrients and then could result in permanent neurological difficulties as well as low bone mineralization. Lastly, it could even have effects on the mother in her adult years as having a low vitamin D count can have a higher risk of osteoporosis earlier in life.

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Hey Ashlyne, this article was super interesting, especially as it is so relevant with so many people wanting to become vegetarian or vegan nowadays. I, myself have actually considered going vegetarian, therefore it was very informational. It was... more »Hey Ashlyne, this article was super interesting, especially as it is so relevant with so many people wanting to become vegetarian or vegan nowadays. I, myself have actually considered going vegetarian, therefore it was very informational. It was also a good choice as it directly links to our class discussions in relevance to pregnancy and how being vegetarian could possibly affect their infant. I have never considered the effects of being vegan on a child as it is normally not viewed as a negative thing however after reading the article I've learnt all about the nutrients and vitamins that the mother and baby would lack.  Very good article choice and good job! -Keely Perkin 09-17-2019 11:11am

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