There are many reasons people follow a restricted diet – whether for medical, cultural or ethical reasons.
For people with conditions like Crohn’s or coeliac disease, pregnancy shouldn’t affect the normal way you manage your condition. However, you should
check in with your doctor if you have a flare-up during pregnancy.
If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you can still have a healthy pregnancy – it just takes more planning, preparation and, potentially, supplementation. Most pregnancy multi-vitamins will have iodine and DHA in them, so it’s worthwhile supplementing if your diet doesn’t include any oily fish.
If you’re following a restricted diet and have concerns about your health during pregnancy, I’d recommend seeing a dietitian to guide you on how to ensure you reach and maintain adequate nutrition.
AIA Vitality members can check in with their own eating habits by having a Nutrition Assessment with an Accredited Practising Dietitian and save up to 70 per cent on their initial assessment (plus earn AIA Vitality Points in the process). Learn more about AIA Vitality: the wellbeing program that encourages healthy behaviours.