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post #21 of 1054
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Originally Posted by oceane View Post
so just relying on flaxseed oil would be a little risky? Up till now I have only done 1 smoothie daily with a tsp oil and a tsp grounded flax seeds in my breakfast muesli...
Here's a great article from the Vegetarian Resource Group on Omega 3's, the best vegetarian sources for them, and how your body converts ALA (in flax) to DHA: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2001sep/2001sepomega3.htm

The best vegetarian direct source of DHA is algae (that's why fish are so high in it - they're eating so much algae).
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/d...cid-000300.htm

IMO, the best way to ensure that you're getting the right amount of DHA for you and baby is to eat flax (oil or seed), which is converted into DHA, plus take an algae-based DHA supplement,a direct source.
post #22 of 1054
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Here's a great article from the Vegetarian Resource Group on Omega 3's, the best vegetarian sources for them, and how your body converts ALA (in flax) to DHA: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2001sep/2001sepomega3.htm

The best vegetarian direct source of DHA is algae (that's why fish are so high in it - they're eating so much algae).
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/d...cid-000300.htm

IMO, the best way to ensure that you're getting the right amount of DHA for you and baby is to eat flax (oil or seed), which is converted into DHA, plus take an algae-based DHA supplement,a direct source.
thanks. I'll check into the supplements and just continue the flaxseed routine until then.
post #23 of 1054
I like the DEVA DHA too. I tried some vegan DHA supplements from Health from the Sun, and they gave me fishy burps, which was not pleasant, and would be much worse for someone feeling queasy from ms. DEVA doesn't do that! They smell fishy, but no nasty fishy burps.
post #24 of 1054
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I like the DEVA DHA too. I tried some vegan DHA supplements from Health from the Sun, and they gave me fishy burps, which was not pleasant, and would be much worse for someone feeling queasy from ms. DEVA doesn't do that! They smell fishy, but no nasty fishy burps.
I'm not sure I can get them here in Germany. I will checkout my drugstore. I know the pharmacy has some supplement that is vegan and has dha and folic acid. I already take folic acid so I might have to rearrange my supplements to not overdue it.
post #25 of 1054
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I'm not sure I can get them here in Germany.
I got mine from veganessentials.com. I wonder if they ship to Germany, or if the shipping cost would be awful? Otherwise, the DHA plus folic acid sounds pretty good!
post #26 of 1054
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I got mine from veganessentials.com. I wonder if they ship to Germany, or if the shipping cost would be awful? Otherwise, the DHA plus folic acid sounds pretty good!
It would be worth it if I bought other things as well but I really shouldn't.
post #27 of 1054
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I get my Deva vegan supplements from this site:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/index.html

It cracks me up that I'm ordering them from a bodybuilding site , but they have the best prices I've been able to find online! They do ship internationally, and if you chose the 7-14 day international postal service option, shipping starts at $9.99, based on the weight of the package.
post #28 of 1054
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I get my Deva vegan supplements from this site:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/index.html

It cracks me up that I'm ordering them from a bodybuilding site , but they have the best prices I've been able to find online! They do ship internationally, and if you chose the 7-14 day international postal service option, shipping starts at $9.99, based on the weight of the package.
thanks!
post #29 of 1054
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I like the DEVA DHA too. I tried some vegan DHA supplements from Health from the Sun, and they gave me fishy burps, which was not pleasant
I like that brand best actually, but I hide it in smoothies.

And I use the Deva vegan DHA too. I buy it online at www.vegetarianvitamin.com
post #30 of 1054
There is an interesting discussion on one of the other threads "trying for a boy" that veganf and I have been posting about.

Thanks everyone for the vitamin links. I am so getting myself some vegan DHA.
post #31 of 1054
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I just got the most wonderful call from my OB! I posted previously that I had written him a letter after another OB in his office saw me for an exam and basically attacked me for being a vegan and told me how unhealthy veganism is. He apologized all over the place, said he was embarrassed about what had happened to me, called the incident unacceptable, and told me that he and the other doctors in the practice had no problem with treating a vegan pregnant woman and he absolutely wanted me to stay with the practice for my next pregnancy. He said that what I'm doing is healthy and he would never ask me to change my diet. He is going to speak to the Dr. who was so awful to me, and he even admitted that although she is a good doctor with a loyal following, they have had some complaints about her from patients before. I felt totally vindicated and thrilled that the doctor I have trusted in the past is completely on board with a vegan pregnancy - I knew there was a reason I liked him so much
post #32 of 1054
That's a great update, AmyLaz!

I'm pregnant now with my first, and my CNMs haven't been hostile, but certainly skeptical and suspicious. They ask me a lot of questions, and seem to be in a state of general disbelief about the results of my blood tests. They also can't believe that I eat somewhere between 60-100g of protein per DAY w/o modifying my diet.

I hope to be switching to a homebirth soon, and I am hoping the CPM is a little more supportive of my diet... the constant stream of questions gets annoying after a while.
post #33 of 1054
Oh that's great news Amy! I'm so glad your letter worked.
post #34 of 1054
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...the constant stream of questions gets annoying after a while.
That's exactly what I wanted to avoid.

The best thing he said to me was that doctors don’t know enough about nutrition as it relates to pregnancy to put them in a position to tell a woman who’s obviously done her research on it to change her diet. I appreciate a doctor who admits that he doesn’t know everything about everything and believes that patients can make some decisions for themselves.
post #35 of 1054
hello,

I am vegetarian, always cook vegan at home, and now and then have some non-vegan cake or dessert when out and about. Anyway, I am TTC #2 after having a very healthy vegan pregnancy and a healthy son. We drink soymilk and eat tofu, along with all the other stuff we eat. I never really keep track of how much we drink, but can it possibly be worse than all the chemical/antibiotic misery that's in dairy? I suppose it's good to make sure there is variety in your diet, especially when TTC or pg. I would just make sure to have mostly whole foods, take your vitamins, take some flax oil (trader joes or barleans taste the best), and take the OB's nutrition advice with a grain of salt (most of them don't get much training in nutrition). I like the book "Raising Vegetarian Children," it's vegan nutrition advice written by experts. I hope that helps, hope we're all pg soon!
post #36 of 1054
How are we doing veggies?

Just wanted to bump this up and check in with you all.

I am 11 DPO but not very hopeful for this cycle as temps are low. Above coverline but low.

I had my first appointment at the fertility clinic yesterday though and that went well, I liked the doctor. I am having CD 3 bloodwork done on Monday or Tuesday depending on what time AF shows up on Saturday. Then a baseline ultrasound the next day and then the new version of the HSG to check for tubal blockages and uterine polyps before my next O.

So the doctor is proactive (I've only been TTC for 4 cycles, including this one) but I am 40 so I don't want to waste time.

DH dropped of his "sample" this morning,

My sister is due with my only niece or nephew (u/s looks like a boy) on Sunday so at least I will have a new little baby to love (and smell the head of, LOL).

Blessings to you all.
post #37 of 1054
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Today is O day for me, so the 2WW will start tomorrow. This is our first cycle trying - hoping for a BFP by Halloween!
post #38 of 1054
new to the forum, vegan here. i'll be ttc starting next month since my fertile days are over for this month. i've been vegan for over a decade and vegetarian before that. i've got lots of questions- but first i'm going to lurk around to see if they've already been answered.
post #39 of 1054
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new to the forum, vegan here. i'll be ttc starting next month since my fertile days are over for this month. i've been vegan for over a decade and vegetarian before that. i've got lots of questions- but first i'm going to lurk around to see if they've already been answered.
and if you can't find them ask them here anyway welcome

me stuff: I do actually have slight hypothyroidism. normal but not optimal, so I started a low dose of the hormone. my sister has it, too, and the doc says it#s genetic so I'm just glad it's nothing I could have prevented. and the stuff seems vegan, too. so yay for that. not yay for the three weeks it takes to even things out... other than that everything's fine. veganism rules once more, ha ha i'm interested to see if my bbts go up and my cycles become shorter... I really hope so.

good luck amylaz
post #40 of 1054
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Originally Posted by sukilove View Post
new to the forum, vegan here. i'll be ttc starting next month since my fertile days are over for this month. i've been vegan for over a decade and vegetarian before that. i've got lots of questions- but first i'm going to lurk around to see if they've already been answered.
Welcome! I love that we have a good group going here Have you started taking your folic acid yet?

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good luck amylaz
Thanks : I'll be interested in how the thyroid med affects TTC...
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