I am 12 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child and have just been feeling on the verge of craziness almost since day one of this pregnancy-unable to cope with anything, even cooking, really down, feeling isolated, tired, sick-you name it! I was really getting worried and had a suspicion that eating some meat may help-nothing was ever filling me up. After speaking with my midwife, I decided to try some chicken yesterday and the difference was huge! I feel a bit sad about it, but figure I can always become a reborn vegetarian when I feel up for it. Just curious if any of you have experienced this and how many others there are that gave up the veggie lifestyle while expecting.
thanks for your help!
Once I got home, I continued to be veggie. If meat is what works for you right now, then great. Although I would recommend some strengthening dishes in place of meat such as nishime, kinpira, or to eat fish instead of other meats and see if that helps.
Your body may just be telling you that you need more protein and meat is the easiest way to get a lot of protein in a small quantity of food. You could do a little experiement, though, and try to protein load on veggie sources and see if you feel better as well. You could start out with protein powder in a smoothie, snacks of nuts and hard boiled eggs, and even some of the fake meat products like soy dogs or Quorn roast (which are loaded with protein).
I'll be interested to hear the other responses you get.
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It sounds like your body was trying to tell you something, and it's great that you're listening. This is not uncommon during pregnancy. Whether it's the protein, the fat or maybe even the iron that you needed, you obviously weren't getting enough of something. Do eggs or fish give you the same relief of symptoms? If not, then I'd stick with the meat.
veg for 14 years and my morning sickness was so bad i lost 15 pounds and could not open the fridge without puking.
i totally ate a tuna melt and some of dh turkey deli sammy. i also ate some canned salmon. i really felt like i was going to die unless i ate something and after four months of puking, meat actually looked good.
it doesn't look good now and i'm back on the veg wagon except for an occasional tuna melt.
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For 2 of my college classes I had to make a food diary of foods I actually ate, and either double my required protein intake or at least "up" it to about 80-100 grams. Both times were very easy for me to do with a vegan diet. (I am actually lacto-veg though)
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My second pregnancy was hard, I craved meat but refused to give into my cravings. Tried supplements etc, nothing helped. I felt awful the whole time. My younger son has had a myriad of health problems since he was born. At 2, we introduced fish into our diet and his health improved. At 4, he now eats chicken and turkey often, he has had the healthiest past 4 months of his life.
My third pregnancy I went veggie again, began craving meat, so this time I listened and added poultry to my diet when fish wasn't reducing cravings. Wow, what a difference! I had a great, healthy pregnancy and my daughter was the text book healthy baby.
So, in my experience, some people's body's aren't suited for a veggie diet, my younger son being one such a person. His health has gotten significantly better since adding meat (fish and fowl) to his diet. He needed the meat when he was utero and I wasn't listening to what my body was telling me.
Listening to what your body is telling you when pregnant will rarely steer you wrong. If you feel better eating meat, it's most likely that your babe is needing the extras meat provides.
I am wondering if you have a B12 deficiency. It is really easy to get one when you are a vegetarian, and can usually be solved by taking a good supplement. Perhaps have some blood drawn and see what your levels are at. When I became a vegetarian I began having some of those symptoms, which are also symptoms of depression--caused by B12.
That being said, I started eating meat when I got pregnant. I was just at my daily required protein before getting pregnant, and I was eating everything I could fit in my tummy in one day! I know it is possible if you can do things like the hemp shakes that another poster mentioned. However, I was a new veg (less than a year), and when I was feeling so sick and exhausted, it was so overwhelming to think of having to plan more complicated or unusual dishes to get protein. So yes, it's possible to have a vegetarian or vegan pregnancy and be totally healthy, but I think if you are fairly new to the veg lifestyle, this could be difficult. Don't beat yourself up over it! You can always go veg again later, when you feel more up to it. I eat meat 2-3 times a week now, and get my protein otherwise from dairy products, eggs, beans, tofu, etc.
Single mama to S ~ 6/09
To the pp's that said listen to your body b/c it knows best...that is so true!
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