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post #21 of 479
Hello, may I join you? I'm vegan and just found out I'm pregnant. I've been reading all I can about proper nutrition during pregnancy and I'm trying to make sure I'm getting everything I need.
post #22 of 479
Thread Starter 
Welcome Pryncess and Kraftykay!

I love that broccoli soup recipe. I made it with half cauliflower because I didn't have enough broccoli and it was fantastic.

Vegans and almost vegans maybe we should compile a list of good books on vegan nutrition that cover pregnancy. What do you all think? Please post your favorites! Thanks!
post #23 of 479
Congratulations Kraftykay! Are you still able to eat normally?

Catemom: Glad your u/s went well! I'd love to see a pic of a smiling baby. How cool!

I haven't done more than skim through it at the bookstore, but the Skinny Bitch ladies have a pregnancy book out now called Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven. They advocate eating a vegan diet. I was happy to see a fairly mainstream book advocating eating vegan as the healthiest way to support a pregnancy! I read a book on vegetarian pregnancy I borrowed from my midwife but it didn't tell me anything i didn't already know (forgot the name anyway). I also have "becoming vegan: the complete guide to adopting a healthy plant based diet". They have a good chapter on pregnancy and lactation needs as well as nutrition for children. And one of Gabriel Cousin's books has a decent chapter on pregnancy but it is geared more towars those that eat raw vegan.

Cindy
post #24 of 479
catemom- ooooh cauliflower sounds so yummy with that recipe... I will have to try it. :
post #25 of 479
Cindy - So far, so good! I've been feeling a little queasy and not very hungry, but I'm stuffing myself with good stuff anyway.

I read the Skinny Bitch book while we were TTC and really liked it, but it doesn't give a ton of specific information. I wanted to know how much of each thing I should be getting, you know? For that, I adapted info for omni women that I got through internet searches and mainstream pregnancy books. I'm actually finding it difficult to get ALL of the calcium and protein that's recommended. Does anyone have any tips? I mean, there's only so much soymilk I can drink in a day!
post #26 of 479
I had an appointment this morning with a dietician at the Women's Hospital's maternity centre. It was sooooo reassuring. I'm vegan (trying right now, but I can't be entirely at the moment) and 100% gluten-free.

I've been living on cereal with soy milk, apples and other white grains (rice burger buns with tons of margarine, popcorn, etc.) and I haven't been able to eat legumes, veggies, or anything else that I would normally eat. So, I was worried.

But she was so reassuring. First, because I have so much soy milk with my cereal (probably a litre a day), she said that covers my calcium and soy milk also does double duty as a meat alternative, so I am getting two food groups in one. because I eat a lot of fruit daily, I'm fine in that regard for fibre. She stressed that for someone in the first trimester, I'm doing really well and I don't have to worry about specific dietary needs yet. Baby doesn't need much then, so it's mostly calorie intake that most important

I'm meeting with her in another 7 weeks. By then, she said, I should hopefully be able to get back to my normal diet and we can analyze it for the pregnancy needs then. Third trimester is when vegans need to be sure they get enough DHA omega-3 to help Baby's brain grow. There are vegan supplements available. Flax seeds and oil are ok, but the DHA amount is still relatively low (only 10% of a non-vegan source such as fish). DHA is the key.

Anywho, you may know all this, but I thought I'd share it with y'all in case you're interested. I just know I feel so much better about how I've been eating. I'm not going to worry about and just hope my appetite comes back soon.
post #27 of 479
On the topic of DHA, I finally found a great supplement that is vegan and doesn't cause fishy burps. It's from a company called Deva. It's enteric coated so it doesn't come back up. I had been taking another vegan dha sup. and fishy burps coupled with morning sickness is a very very bad thing!! I also try and put flax oil on my salads and I love hemp seeds in my smoothies. You can make a yummy milkshake from water, hemp seeds, cocoa powder and bananas. I use raw cacao which isn't sweet so I also add a couple dates. Mmmm.

I've had a rough eating day. My stomach has felt odd all day. Like my organs are rearranging or something. And I feel like my belly is stretching today. I had to revert back to my bland first trimester foods...I feel guilty for eating less healthy foods (bagel and butternut squash soup for lunch instead of the salad I'd planned). But oh well...gotta do what works I guess.

Cindy
post #28 of 479
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Originally Posted by kraftykay View Post
Cindy - So far, so good! I've been feeling a little queasy and not very hungry, but I'm stuffing myself with good stuff anyway.

I read the Skinny Bitch book while we were TTC and really liked it, but it doesn't give a ton of specific information. I wanted to know how much of each thing I should be getting, you know? For that, I adapted info for omni women that I got through internet searches and mainstream pregnancy books. I'm actually finding it difficult to get ALL of the calcium and protein that's recommended. Does anyone have any tips? I mean, there's only so much soymilk I can drink in a day!
I actually think that as long as you are eating a well varied whole foods diet (and eating until you are full/satisfied), then you will be fine. You can take a multi vitamin to round things out and make sure you are covering your bases. This is my second pregnancy, and while I am trying to include some good fats such as avocado and DHA such as hemp....I am not stressing too much about getting a certain amount of calcium and protein each day....

jmho
post #29 of 479
:

still in the vegan ttc... but was told there was a veg'n preg thread and I wanted to come check it out :0)

I think it's good to know what you are doing while expecting b/c it's pretty much the same as the ttc'ers should be doing...
post #30 of 479
Hi Vegan Momma -I hope you'll be joining us soon!!

Made a special trip to the store for the coconut bliss ice cream and they were out of choc. Booo. But my store is carrying the most amazing vegan cupcakes now. I have such a sweet tooth! I know now is the time to fight it but its so much stronger than before. Eeck!

My friend brought me some black bean chili she made. I'm going to get the recipe. It's full of veggies - a great meal for pregnancy!

Cindy
post #31 of 479
Well. I'm not a vegan in any sense. But...

I cut out all traces of eggs and dairy for about a year and a half due to my son's severe food allergies (I'm still nursing and he reacts through breastmilk). The funny thing about us is that we eat meat (one of the things DS isn't allergic to). My cart at the grocery was kind of funny -- all sorts of vegan things + meat! Also, one time I was at a breakfast place and asked if they had anything that was vegan -- they didn't...not even a fruit cup!! So I said "then I'll just have a side of bacon and sausage". I didn't even realize that was weird until the waitresses jaw dropped and she busted out laughing!!

BUT...pregnancy did me in. I started craving dairy really badly. I now nurse DS only twice a day and I find that I can eat dairy after his nighttime nursing and since he doesn't nurse again until naps he doesn't react too much. Also, I ate my first egg in 20 months on my birthday this year. I crave dairy much more than eggs, but I was ready for one after all those months!

SO, I guess I'm no longer a meat eating vegan...but my son is

BTW, I just made the pumpkin pie from "Joy of Vegan Baking" and it's freakin' delicious...better than regular, I claim.
post #32 of 479
Thread Starter 
Ainh Loved your breakfast story! My sister made lemon bars from Joy of Vegan Baking and they were so good I wanted to hide them from everybody else at our potluck.

One of our friends is an omni who is vegan -nuts and soy +meat for the same reason. Even as a vegan, it's a bit of a challenge to cook for them (but we're happy to do it since they make vegan stuff for us).



Happy Sunday, All! :
post #33 of 479
I'm a raw vegan, newly pregnant, and I'd love to join the group. I have been raw vegan for 10 months now and was cooked vegan 2 years before that.
Here's my blog http://www.rawveganpregnancy.blogspot.com
Thanks for starting this thread!
post #34 of 479
Raene,

I read your blog regularly - but I hadn't read yet that you are in fact prego! Congratulations!!! I'll definitely be keeping up with your blog. I find it inspires me to eat as much raw as I can. I definitely am not eating as close to raw as I had hoped to before I conceived, but I'm doing the best I can.

Cindy
post #35 of 479
Thread Starter 
Welcome Raene! I think many of us would be interested to hear what you, as a pg raw vegan, are eating (you can give us ideas for healthier snacks and meals, I'm sure).

Speaking of raw vegan food, I had the best apple in the world today at lunch. It was some local mystery variety that showed up at our Whole Foods store, so I bought some just to support the local food growers, and WOW! I was really pleasantly surprised by the excellent fruit (we don't have ideal conditions for apples, so my expectations were pretty low).

Happy Wednesday, ladies!
post #36 of 479
Thread Starter 
::: I have a cold. ::: I'm hoping it goes away soon because it's quite annoying (this is the worst one I've had while being pg). Anyway, I hope everyone else is healthy, have a great rest of the weekend!
post #37 of 479
Catemom: Hope you feel better soon! I'm so afraid of getting sick and not being able to take any medicine.

I just made a big pot of vegetable chili. Tasty and a great way to get protein - and there are lots of leftovers! I also made these amazing raw nut/seed bars...have all sorts of nuts, seeds, flax, hemp, sesame, etc. Another great way to get protein and omegas. Plus they're so yummy!

Cindy
post #38 of 479
Thread Starter 
vegan princess You must post your recipes!

I thought I'd post today to bump us up since I think we may be getting some more posters from the TTC side soon. :

I think I'm going to make some good old fashioned, fat-laden granola--shredded wheat and oatmeal just aren't doing it for me. I think baby's growing really fast right now.

Have a happy Monday, mamas and mamas-to-be!
post #39 of 479
Hello!!!! I got my BFP this morning!! EDD is June 30th!!! ::
post #40 of 479
Catemom: I'll post the chili recipe later - I found it online and it was super easy and quick. The seed/nut bars are from Cafe Gratitude's brand new dessert cookbook called "Sweet Gratitude". They are called "I am Mighty". I don't think I can post the recipe online. But the book is available here:
http://www.cafegratitudestore.com/sweetgratitude.html

I'm a bottomless pit today. I already ate some chia porridge (chia seeds, water, a banana, strawberries and spirulina), a nut bar (these should be filling since they are high fat!) and an apple - I've been starving. I see a big lunch in my future. Baby is really active the past couple days - I'm not sure she sleeps much anymore?? She's busy in there, that's for sure!

Cindy
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