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Tell me about your vegan pregnancy!

So, Im 9 weeks along with a suprise baby. Its our first one and I feel like I have no clue what I am doing. 

 

Ive beenkinda suprised that one of the first things anyone says to me upon hearin gf the wonderful news is "You're definitely going to need to start eating dairy/eggs/fish/meat/etc now!!!" My family and friends are usually so supportive of my vegan lifestyle. 

 

To make matters worse, Im having very very bad moring sickness and basically dont want to eat anything. My midwives are awesome but they keep saying I need protien ever 90 mins to two hours and suggesting things like string cheese. :-/ Ive been doing peanut butter everything and raw almonds for snacks. I just feel at a loss.

 

Please remind me that an entierly vegan pregnancy is possible. Tell me your stories. Im actually grossed out to the point of being able to vomit if I think of eating meat while being pregnant cus I picture my little bean beiang fabricated out of dead animal flesh. BLECH! Nasty. SO much for everyones prophesies about me craving hot dogs! All Ive craved so far is vegan ice cream, collard greens and red thai veggie curry!

 

PS, if you are friends with me on FB dont mention it there cus we have not told everyone yet. 

Hey!

I had my first baby about 8 months ago, and went through everything you just said.  The annoying family/friend opinions on my diet (none of them medically sound or evidenced), the food aversions and the horrible, soul-crushing nausea (mine lasted the entire pregnancy - up until he popped out.  Hope you get luckier)!

The good news is, my doctor was very supportive, never once told me I had to change my diet, and in fact said I was healthier than 90% of her patients.  I carried and delivered with no problems, without ever consuming dead animal parts.  For the nausea (which plenty of non-veg pregnant people have also), I took zofram but it did very little - I lived on pasta and chocolate soy milk for 9.5 months, LOL.  I found that sucking on lemon candy helped with what I fondly called "sewer mouth" - the rotten taste I had no matter how much I brushed, etc. which I think also contributed to the nausea.

Anyhow, sorry to go on, but you are absolutely able to have a healthy, normal, vegan pregnancy.  By the way, all the "advice" your family and friends are giving you now won't end - it will continue on as you bring up your baby/toddler/child, and it won't be limited to your diet.  Get used to ignoring the know-it-all's, and do what you feel is right.

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon! 

 

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 from what I know about protein and pregnancy,  I would say that you are doing just fine! Listen to what your body wants!! if the thought of meat makes you sick...don't eat it! Because it sounds like it will just end up in the toilet anyway lol!!  Quinoa is a great source of protein. there are also vegan protein powders you can get at healthfood stores that add a little " oomf " to a smoothie. Good luck and I hope you get over the "yucks" soon!!

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 from what I know about protein and pregnancy,  I would say that you are doing just fine! Listen to what your body wants!! if the thought of meat makes you sick...don't eat it! Because it sounds like it will just end up in the toilet anyway lol!!  Quinoa is a great source of protein. there are also vegan protein powders you can get at healthfood stores that add a little " oomf " to a smoothie. Good luck and I hope you get over the "yucks" soon!!

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Check out this link lots of good information and feedback from other vegans. Best Wishes

http://www.babycenter.com/406_is-it-safe-to-eat-a-vegan-diet-during-pregnancy_1245289.bc

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Both my pregnancies were totally vegan. You are pretty far along now, but still........you can do it!!! I am sure by now you have figured out what foods work for you. If you are concerned about getting enough nutrients, you might want to look into a product I used(and still use) called Vitamineral Green. You can get powder form or vegan capsule form. My midwife approved it, I felt great during both pregnancies, and my bloodwork always came back great! Good luck to you, happy birthing!

 

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I wish I had had a vegan pregnancy but it just didnt end up that way. My iron and my blood sugar kept dropping and I couldnt keep up so I gave in to my cravings for all sorts of very non vegan things. The important thing is that you eat what you feel you need to, whatever that may be. Your body knows best! As long as you and baby are healthy and happy, forget what everyone else keeps pushing. As for the morning sickness, oranges really help. Even just smelling them can cut te nausea. I used to keep oranges and crackers beside the bed so I could eat them before I even got up to end it before it started.

 

Best of luck and congratulations!

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