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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

I am newly Raw Vegan and I would love to chat with other vegan and Veg moms that are due in Feb. I am lost as to how to get the right nutrition during pregnancy. This my first time not eating meat during my pregnancy. 

post #2 of 28

I just got a positive test yesterday after trying for a long time. I came on the forums looking for other vegetarians also. I didn't eat meat for my first baby, and everything was perfect. I did eat dairy and eggs. My midwife said it was one of the healthiest placentas she ever saw. I was in Bradley classes for my daughter and followed their plan but found it frustrating because they emphasized sooooo much protein and I couldn't keep up.


Now I still eat eggs but very little dairy because my daughter is sensitive to dairy and I still nurse. 


I have been looking over the Brewer diet for Lacto-Ovo vegetarians and vegans...wondering if anyone else has used it??? It just seems like so much food!! http://drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/id89.html


post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 

I don't know that I will be sticking to 100% Raw. I am a big believer in Fish Oils during pregnancy and I am craving eggs like crazy, so I will most likely eat 80% Raw with eggs for protein and some occasional cooked.

post #4 of 28

I was a vegetarian for 18 years, I just started eating meat again two years ago because I travel 70% of my time to developing countries, am frequently a guest in farmer's homes and just could not keep refusing what they made me.  I am at peace with eating (organic free range) meat occasionally, but still somehow identify as a vegetarian!


Anyways, I am happy to chat about vegetarian recipes and health! 

post #5 of 28

Frannie, I can just imagine how it is necessary to eat meat in those situations. Since I became a vegetarian 12 years ago, the only times I have eaten meat was in similar circumstances: Once in India when a Tibetan monk was offering dried yak meat that he had carried all the way over the Himalayas. My friends and coworkers there said I couldn't refuse (though I wish I could have, not my favorite) and when I was invited to dinner with a Korean family who thought I would eat tuna.

post #6 of 28

I am vegetarian, almost vegan(no animal products at home, but I eat eggs and dairy at other people's houses) and expecting my second child in feb. I'm not really worried about getting the right nutrients, I trust my body to tell me what it needs, but I'd love to discuss with other veg moms to be :)

post #7 of 28

Hi guys,


I am contemplating going high- or even all-raw for this pregnancy.  I'm in sort of an odd place though so I don't know if it's too much of a shift from where I am:  Last summer I went high-raw, and pretty consistently stayed that way until Thanksgiving.  Then, I started eating a lot of cooked food during the winter months and I haven't quite recovered.  I don't generally eat meat, but I do occasionally (like others, when I'm out).  I still put milk in my coffee, and don't see that vanishing soon.  Basically, my intentions are good but my willpower sucks.  I've read lots of stuff on others and their raw pregnancies and I don't feel worried about the nutritional components being met... I guess I answered my own question, and I'll go for it!


Regarding the protein question, I use a raw vegan protein powder (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=raw+vegan+protein+powder&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=9673264378333177045&sa=X&ei=a-juTfv6F5G_gQeC-NGVDw&ved=0CDwQ8wIwAQ) and I also don't think we need as much protein as Dr Brewer suggests (though, I did that with my first pregnancy, and felt great about it at the time).

post #8 of 28

Yay, other vegetarians!!! joy.gif I've been vegetarian for about 4 months, but for years I've eaten very little meat and my body has always been repulsed by it. I just didn't realize it would be ok to listen to my body and drop meat till recently. I'd say I'm vegan, but DH and I are temporarily living with my parents who eat almost nothing but animal products so there are times that I can't avoid a tiny bit of dairy or eggs. Luckily it's at least all raw though.

So far my pregnancy has been awesome compared to my rough first one, so I'm just continuing to listen to my body and not stress too much about the balance of my foods. I know that fruits and veggies have the perfect ratios of carbs/protein, and given how positively my body responds I just trust if I need anything else my body will let me know :) I'm at least 50% raw, always wishing I could do more but it's hard given my current situation. My DH is supportive even though he isn't vegetarian, but the rest of my fam totally doesn't get it or respect it at all. It's pretty frustrating, because I feel I'm being nice to respect their choice to eat dead animals and my choices are healthier and make more sense, so it's silly that they make nasty comments when I don't comment on their eating choices. Anyway, OT, but it's so nice to find vegetarians who are also expecting!

post #9 of 28

I've been a vegetarian for 19 years!  It's a core part of who I am and I've never been tempted to change (even when pregnant).  No one in my life has ever given me a hard time either.  (Though one former friend used to nag me about fish-oil when I was pregnant with DD).  I do eat (lots of) dairy and eggs. 


I did find myself faced with a dilemma about how to raise DD.  My partner is not a vegetarian but our household is vegetarian (ie: no meat cooked in the house or pre-cooked meat hanging out in the fridge except for take-out leftovers).  But my DH does eagerly eat meat and fish when we go out.  Ultimately we decided to offer DD a bite of his food when we were out.  She declined almost everytime and at this point she has chosen to be vegetarian.  She's quite fond these days of saying "daddy is an omnivore but mommy and me are vegetarians". 


I think we'll follow the same path for DC#2. 

post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 

Dose anyone have any good resources or eating and recipes? I can't find much of anything that dosen't cost $$ to read about raw pregnancy.

post #11 of 28

I've found a lot of info here: http://kristensraw.com/blog/category/pregnancy/  Kristensraw.com has a lot of raw info, and then she wrote a lot during her pregnancy last year regarding how she ate, supplements, etc.  She's vegan/high-raw.  She also has some great recipes on her website.  Take a look around, I'm sure you'll find some interesting info!

post #12 of 28

Oh I forgot to mention we've only been vegetarian since october 2010, but we used to eat very little meat before that. We've also started eating a little more raw food and we're planning to eat a lot more! We're taking things slowly and so far, it's going great!

post #13 of 28
I did Bradley as a vegan with my first, and I want to do it "right" so I ate way too much, trying to hit the protein goals. Had an 8# girl. With my second pregnancy, I didn't follow a certain "diet" (except for being vegan) and had a 10# boy. This time, I'm having to deal with being overweight from a short stint on antidepressants when my husband was deployed, so I'm really trying to watch what I eat. For me, It seems like what Imostly want is fruit, and hummus & vegetables. There is a new vegan pregnancy book out. (I don't know if it addresses raw or not). I'm happy about this, because the "Old" vegan pregnancy book was from the eighties, and filled with pictures of River Phoenix!
post #14 of 28

I'm mostly vegan. I chose to go vegetarian more for health reasons than moral reasons, though I respect all reasons and understand, so I follow a "feat days" kinda diet. I'm vegan at home and most of the time, but if my family wants to get together for a cook out, I'm not going to make it harder or them or feel terrible morally because i had a plate of ribs, I might feel ill, with some of the stuff my family serves, but I'll survive.


I am going to be more strict while I'm pregnant though, family or no family. And I'll deal with the teasing I know I'll get, my family are big time meat eaters. I don't mind messing my own body up from time to time, but I don't believe I have the right to pollute my unborn child's body.


I am excited to talk with other vegge mom and moms to be though, I only have one friend near by who's vegan, she recently had a beautiful, healthy, chubby little boy. And now they are moving over 5 hours away.

post #15 of 28
I'm a vegetarian (4+ years) who occasionally eats fish. In fact, during my first pregnancy two years ago, I started eating fish because I was having terrible cravings! I followed the Brewers diet for the 2nd half of my pregnancy- lots of eggs and Greek yogurt got me through. I will probably start that soon, but right now I'm trying to just eat what my body craves, which happens to be cooked greens. Yum- it's great because they're in season in Colorado!
post #16 of 28

I'm so excited to have this thread! I'm due Feb 5 and also raw vegan, and I plan to stay that way. For me, eating animal products of any nature is not something I would feel comfortable with ethically. The main thing I'll pay extra attention to during the pregnancy is eating at last a pound of greens every day (green smoothie) to make sure I get lots of folate, iron, and other minerals. Other than that, I eat mainly fruit. I'm really not worried about protein, as long as I'm not sick and can eat enough calories overall. (Didn't have any problems with morning sickness last time.) It's crazy how much I've changed since the last pregnancy with my son who is now 2.5 years old. When I got pregnant back then, I was bingeing and starveing, smoking (!!! although I stopped after I found out I was pregnant, 16 weeks into it), and then at least I transitioned to vegetarian, but still with a lot of processed foods, and still bingeing probably 20% of the time. Having kids is transformative.   

post #17 of 28
I can't find organic greens anywhere, even Whole foods! I'd be juicing more if I had a good source.
post #18 of 28

Anyone have any recommendations/recipes for healthy, protein rich soups?  I am technically not a vegetarian, but my biggest food aversion so far this pregnancy has been meat.  I cannot seem to stomach ANY meat at all.  I'm trying to come up with other meals I can eat that are protein rich but meat-free.  Right now, homemade soups are one of the few dishes that I can still enjoy despite the nausea, so I am thinking I might stock my freezer with healthy soups for now.


If you have any favourite recipes you'd like to share, I'd appreciate it! smile.gif

post #19 of 28
Originally Posted by atomicrocket View Post

Anyone have any recommendations/recipes for healthy, protein rich soups?  I am technically not a vegetarian, but my biggest food aversion so far this pregnancy has been meat.  I cannot seem to stomach ANY meat at all.  I'm trying to come up with other meals I can eat that are protein rich but meat-free.  Right now, homemade soups are one of the few dishes that I can still enjoy despite the nausea, so I am thinking I might stock my freezer with healthy soups for now.


If you have any favourite recipes you'd like to share, I'd appreciate it! smile.gif


Beans, legumes and potatos are really good for protein. You can munch on some nuts, or steamed soybeans (aka Edamante). Veggie shave a supprising amount of protein, really. 


 Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini.


Did a quick google search and this seems like a pretty decent list for amounts. http://www.fatfreekitchen.com/nutrition/high-protein-foods.html



The World Health Organization  recommends that pregnant women get 6% of their calories from protein. So depending on your caloric intake, it's really not that hard to get plenty of protein. Say you burn 2300 calories that's only 29 grams of protein.



post #20 of 28

I've been veggie for 12+years. All of my other pg were vegetarian. I never really gave it much thought, outside of eating what I craved and adding herbs for trace minerals and what not. I did make a consious effort to make all homemade stuff, but I do that anyway. :)

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