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Any Vegan or Vegetarian Moms-To-Be?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

HI!

 

I'm Abigail, 25 years old and expecting my first.  I'm a vegan and was hoping to find some other moms-to-be with similar dietary beliefs and philosophies in my Due Date Club.

 

I love talking all things veg, can't wait to hear from ya!

post #2 of 14

Hey Abigail, I'm Diane, 22 and expecting my first as well! My husband and I have been "going vegan" for about 2 months now. We haven't completely transitioned yet, but we are working towards being full vegans by, or shorty after, new years. He works in a local grocery store and is often tempted to bring home free salads and treats, many of which are not vegan. Thankfully his store does offer a lot of vegan products and alternatives, which makes grocery shopping much easier. We are still working to cut out honey and the occasional milk products in some of the sweets/salads he brings home, but he's getting much better at checking the ingredients list before bringing them home.

Have you been a vegan for a while? Our family only just found out we were going vegan, and I don't think they truly believe we are dedicated to this lifestyle. I worry that they will make unwelcome comments about my being vegan and pregnant.

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi Diane!

 

I became a vegetarian over 7 years ago and have been transitioning to veganism for the last year...finally seem to be completely vegan for about 3 months now.  Families sure can be funny when they hear about not consuming animal products.  My family had a really hard time dealing with me becoming a vegetarian and I got a lot of eyerolls when I told them I am now vegan.  Luckily, my husband is very supportive and is mostly vegan with some vegetarian picks thrown in when he's out and about.  Over the years I've had numerous friends and now even my brother and his girlfriend make the change to a vegetarian lifestyle.  They all love it and are so happy they've made the change.  I think it's just a matter of knowing what's best for you and being convicted about it.  People will tend to be critical of your choices but the best thing that I've found to be done is to show them that you are indeed committed and to prove any nay-sayers wrong by living a healthy and kind life.  Eventually it will be hard for anybody to criticize or question your decisions when you are super healthy, have amazing bloodwork, and to top it off no guilt about participating in the sad system that is meat and dairy production.  Leading by example in a confident and quiet way can sometimes be the most effective in getting people to see your side.  

 

Best of luck on your vegan journey and of course with the little bundle of joy growing quickly! 

 

P.S.  Just read this great little book about Vegan Pregnancy: http://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Pregnancy-Survival-Sayward-Rebhal/dp/0980144035/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386703673&sr=8-1&keywords=vegan+pregnancy

post #4 of 14

I've been vegetarian for over 10 years, DH grew up in a vegetarian home, so he has over 25 years on top of my 10. :) I don't anticipate any push-back from my family or doctor - I agree, being confident, quiet and healthy is a good way to avoid that!

post #5 of 14

Thanks for the advice and support. I agree that the best way forward is to just be healthy and happy so nobody has any basis to say that I am making a bad choice in being vegan and pregnant. I also plan to kill them with kindness if/when they do start to say negative comments. I know their negativity would be coming from concern and a lack of education on their part.

 

I actually have that book checked out from the library right now. It's awesome! I would recommend it to any vegan mother to be. Right now my partner is reading it so he too has a good understanding of how to have a balanced healthy diet, since we share most of our meals. It's great and very accessible, unlike some other nutrition books I've read. 

post #6 of 14
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Im vegan
post #7 of 14

HI! Hubby and I have been vegan for 2 years in march, this is our first pregnancy since becoming vegan. I have found some good vegan prenatals, and a vegan DHA with a little searching. I have been taking my B12 more regularly too, since I have never been very good at remembering that, and Im still waiting for my bloodwork to come back to let me know how my levels are.

 

So far sourcing out good, and affordable prenatals has been the biggest hurdle...although we will see what my new Dr. thinks....kinda dreading the first appointment. I just hope she is open minded. In anticipation of the first visit I had a nurse at work draw my blood for most of the initial tests they will send me for (benefits of being a nurse..lol), that way when I walk into my first appointment if the doc is a little uncomfortable with my diet, hopefully my bloodwork will show her Im not on the verge of death..lol. Im not sure if it will help, but has eased my mind a little. Also with the holidays, I cant see her until the 9th of Jan, so at least they will have my bloodwork before that in case there is anything to be concerned about. 

 

I am on the waiting list for the local midwives, hope to hear from them soon (they said the first week of the new year). We are pretty excited, especially since our only child is going to be 15 in Feb!:joy

post #8 of 14

Yeah, more vegan mamas here! I have been vegan for 9 years and this is my second vegan pregnancy. 

 

Last time I did not have any problems with my midwives not being supportive of my vegan pregnancy and am confident things will be just as 'easy' this time around in terms of supportive care. I feel I am very well informed and am taking all precautions necessary through supplementation (similar to you, Roz Cumming! Nice to see a fellow Canadian vegan mom to be here!). I started a local vegan mamas group on Facebook and we share experience on vegan parenting (and pregnancy) plus organize play dates every second month or so. Having 'created' a local vegan mom community has been so helpful so I highly recommend setting up something similar near you if it doesn't already exist :) 

 

What books on vegan or vegetarian diets during pregnancy have you all read? Here are a few I found helpful:

 

- Skinny Bitch bun in the oven - Rory Freedman 

- Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide - Sayward Rehbal

- Vegan for her - Ginny Messina

- Becoming vegan - Brenda Davis & Vesanto Melina

(these are all I can think of for now...)

post #9 of 14
The last few nights I seem to get hungry again around 10pm... Is anyone else experiencing this and if so, what is your vegan go to snack(s) just before bedtime?
post #10 of 14
I was raised vegetarian! The only times I'm vegan is when I'm breastfeeding, since neither of my kiddos tolerated dairy well. I usually don't eat a lot of dairy anyway, but lately my favorite snack has been bread and cheese or cheese and crackers. Before bed, I've been having coconut milk yogurt. It seems to fill me up pretty well!
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by JHopesMomma View Post

I was raised vegetarian! The only times I'm vegan is when I'm breastfeeding, since neither of my kiddos tolerated dairy well. I usually don't eat a lot of dairy anyway, but lately my favorite snack has been bread and cheese or cheese and crackers. Before bed, I've been having coconut milk yogurt. It seems to fill me up pretty well!

Coconut yogurt is an excellent idea! I should give it a try. smile.gif
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by JHopesMomma View Post

I was raised vegetarian! The only times I'm vegan is when I'm breastfeeding, since neither of my kiddos tolerated dairy well. I usually don't eat a lot of dairy anyway, but lately my favorite snack has been bread and cheese or cheese and crackers. Before bed, I've been having coconut milk yogurt. It seems to fill me up pretty well!

I've never heard of coconut yogurt! My son is dairy free and desperately misses yogurt, is there a specific brand?
post #13 of 14
It's the SO Delicious brand, cultured coconut milk. It's a lot lighter/thinner than yogurt, but close to the same consistency and comes in a variety of flavors, including chocolate!
post #14 of 14

Love the SO Delicious Coco Yogurt. The plain is just the right amount of sweet...perfect with some berries and maybe a granola if I am super hungry. 

I've been dabbling in a plant-based living for a few years now. Some good months some not so good. Since this is my first pregnancy, I'm not certain what to expect. I'm at the 11 week mark and up until the past couple days, I've been allowing myself to eat whatever I wanted. So if I wanted a grilled ham & cheese, then I had it. Unfortunately, living that way also resulted in me feeling horribly ill until said meat/dairy made its way out of my system. 

My main concern is of course having a healthy baby. Any suggestions for ensuring that I am getting all the nutrients that baby needs??? Supplements? I'm seeing an OB for the first time in 5 days so I plan on asking questions...but I'm also afraid of getting the typical "WTF" response....

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