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Vegan morning sickness...I can't manage beans!

I've been joyfully vegan for years now - although in the past few months I've had to add eggs back due to a food sensitivity elimination diet that left me with almost nothing to eat. I lost so much weight that I'm still eating eggs now to try to help get it back. So I guess I'm not technically vegan anymore, which is a real bummer for me.

The bigger bummer is that ever since I got pregnant I can't seem to eat beans. Tofu is OK, but even sprouted lentils make me bloat up like a balloon and feel terribly uncomfortable - and the gas pain makes my morning sickness just feel worse. Beans have always bloated me to a degree, but it's way worse now.

So I have two questions:

1. I know bloating is a common first trimester symptom. Does it really go away for the rest of the pregnancy, or am I doomed to be this uncomfortable (or have to find an alternative to beans) for months?

2. I've never tried beano. Has anyone used it during pregnancy, and did you find that it worked?

I really don't want to be stuck eating tofu all the time, although I'm not concerned about a serving a day, which is what I'm sticking to for now. And of course eggs are a good source of protein, but I already eat them daily - sometimes twice a day - and that's more than enough for me. I don't think I can add meat. It doesn't sound good to me at all right now. If anyone has any advice, I'd love it!
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I'm sorry! I was vegan at the start of my last pregnancy and needed to give it up. I find that full-fat cottage cheese (small curd, I have a favorite brand as many brands are sort of gross) really helps me in the morning when I tend to get nauseous. A little honey on top and I'm good to go.

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I can't speak as a Vegan, or even a Vegetarian. I can tell you that until my body got used to eating beans I did use Beano & it did work. That wasn't during pregnancy. I don't *think* Beano was on the list of "don't take" though?

Regarding timing of symptoms. I always thought if you didn't get morning sickness (the vomiting kind) during 1st tri that you wouldn't get it. I was just proved wrong. So, maybe the symptoms will go away and maybe not. Every woman is different & even every pregnancy. Sorry

You are looking for high protein, right? Maybe try thinking in terms of snacks rather than meals? I'm about to try almond butter on a tortilla. Is that something you can eat? I've read that almonds & pistachios are higher in protein than other nuts. Pumpkin seeds. Hummus? Almond butter & banana on a rice cracker?

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Hi neonalee! I am indeed looking for high protein foods because they keep my blood sugar regulated much better, and I've found that low blood sugar is my #1 cause of nausea. Even if I just ate an hour ago. Something is stealing all of the sugar from my blood, I think, and it's the size of a tiny bean!

Thanks for reminding me about almond butter. I have always had trouble tolerating nut butters (I have a million GI issues), but I have been devouring almonds like they're going out of style. They are instantly soothing on my stomach these days. I've never tried almond butter before. Maybe it will be different for me since almonds are going down so well!

This is a great tip!
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How about sprouting those lentils....or beans in general. Maybe adding a little acv to the first soak would help, too. You could also try digestive enzymes. I can't eat many beans either....I hardly ever eat them actually, and have been vegan for a couple of years now. Mainly because I feel my body just can't handle them. But a good hummus is oh! so good

I did a big elimination diet a few years back that had me in your boat, mama. I stuck it out, and in the end it really made me (and my nursing babe at the time) so much happier and healthier. I am pregnant again now, and have had little to no nausea or tummy issues....and I mainly attribute it to finding out all the stuff my body doesn't jive with and eliminating it.

Good luck....and make sure to sprout all your nuts and beans

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Oh how I wish sprouted lentils worked! But unfortunately even those bloat me up for days. It's wild.

The elimination diet was a big success for me until I got pregnant. I only finished it up a month before we conceived, too, so I only had a short while of feeling absolutely great AND being able to eat most foods again before the big downward spiral began! I've been avoiding my trigger foods, but for the most part I still feel back to where I was before the diet - only worse, because now there's nausea!

I know "this too shall pass," but man. Beans??? And for the past couple days it's been tough to eat eggs, too...this baby may ultimately be made of blueberries, because that's about all I like.
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LOL blueberries are my #1 favorite right now. I also ate an entire cantaloupe for breakfast!

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Beano totally works. It's just enzymes - can't hurt baby. You can always find a cheaper generic version, too. I take 3 for a bean meal, 2 for Italian.

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lol.....That totally brought back a Willy Wonka flashback

Gosh, I've been totally mono-dieting too until this pass week. All I could stand to eat were cucumbers. Then watermelon. I could chew some raw herbs/greens from the garden....but the thought of a mixed salad made me make the stinky fish face! So weird....it's slowly passing now, thank goodness.

Maybe try doing a water enema. Hopefully it just won't last much longer! Lovely lovely first trimester symptoms....nak.

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