If you're just getting started eating dairy-free, you may not be sure what's safe to eat and what's not. There are healthy ways to eat dairy-free if you need to for an allergy, intolerance, preference or if you're eating a vegan diet. Depending on why you might be eating dairy-free, there are a few differences in what your diet might look like. For example, being lactose-intolerant is different from having a dairy allergy, and there are some low-lactose or lactose-free foods that people with lactose intolerance can eat.
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Eating healthy when you're pregnant takes a little extra thought to make sure you the foods you eat deliver the nutrients you need each day, while avoiding the foods that are on the "unsafe" list (like unpasteurized cheese, and certain fish). Add a food allergy or intolerance on top of that, like Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, and it takes even more effort. To make meal planning easier, we created this gluten-free healthy-pregnancy meal plan to help you meet you daily nutrient needs, all while keeping the meals safe, exciting and delicious.
Some women experience a condition known as preeclampsia during their pregnancy, which may require a low-sodium diet to control symptoms like high-blood pressure and fluid build-up. If you've been diagnosed with preeclampsia by your doctor, you will likely be asked to limit the amount of salt you're eating each day.
Even if you aren't drinking milk or eating dairy foods during your pregnancy, you can still find dairy's nutritious components, like calcium and protein, in other foods. We developed this dairy-free meal plan with plenty of the good-for-you-nutrients that help to support a healthy pregnancy.