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In the Midst of a Vegan Pregnancy

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In the Midst of a Vegan Pregnancy by Guest Blogger

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With just a few weeks left until my child is born, I thought I’d take some time (while I still have it!) to reflect back on my vegan pregnancy experience.

So far, my pregnancy has been quite easy. I haven’t experienced any of the morning sickness, the food cravings, or the overwhelming fatigue that so many women go through. I’m also on the low end of the weight-gain scale, which is a good thing. And to my surprise, I’ve had no scary moods swings or emotional outbursts-and my husband can attest to that! Let’s hope that the delivery goes this smoothly.

As with any pregnancy, it’s important to stay healthy. I’ve been taking my daily vegan prenatal vitamin, vegan DHA and vitamin B12, and exercising-usually 30 minutes walking on the treadmill each day. My diet consists of a variety of foods, including organic fruit and vegetables, beans, lentils, quinoa, oatmeal, tofu scramble, sandwiches, veggie burgers, salads and the occasional splurge on vegan versions of mac and cheese and soy/coconut ice cream. When we eat out (which, living in New York City, is often), I can always find lots of options at Mexican, Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern restaurants. I’m not exactly Betty Crocker in the kitchen, so when I do cook at home, I usually just throw a bunch of ingredients together and hope for the best. I love baked veggies covered in olive oil and spices mixed with quinoa, tempeh, lentils, or beans-sprinkled with nutritional yeast and flax-seed oil, which make it extra tasty. It’s healthy and easy to make, and it’s packed with tons of calcium, protein, and vitamins.

( Picture below of me @ 8 months pregnant)

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Going into this, I expected more resistance from the doctors (who are typically educated via the traditional food pyramid), but what I experienced was quite the opposite. They were all fine with my diet choice and confirmed that as long as I eat a variety of nutritious foods, I should have a healthy vegan pregnancy. In fact, the American Dietetic Association-the nation’s largest group of nutrition professionals-stated that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegan diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

Check out Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven for information on how to have a healthy vegan pregnancy.

Now that I’ve conquered my pregnancy, I’m looking forward to the birth of my baby and raising a vegan child. I’ll update you on my experiences, but I would love to hear from others who have been through a vegan pregnancy or are raising a vegan child. Please share your thoughts!

This guest post was written by Robyn Moore who is the PETA Foundation’s creative copy manager. She has her master’s degree in education and is an avid traveler who has taught English in Nepal, volunteered with wildlife in South Africa, and lived abroad in Switzerland.

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    Joyce Hannah says...

    July 17th, 2010, 5:19 pm

    Robyn, I look forward to my vegan granddaughter who I know will be gifted and talented, in the highest percentiles, beautiful, loving and a valuable citizen of the world. If she gives you any trouble, let me know and I’ll handle it – vegan treats come and vegan treats go.

    Bridget says...

    July 19th, 2010, 6:12 pm

    Good for you! You look wonderful!!

    I too had a smooth-sailing, vegan pregnancy (my son will be two in about 6wks). I had been vegan for five years upon conceiving (vegetarian for 13) so it was relatively easy as far as knowing what to eat, meal planning, etc. I had an incredible birthing experience (quick labor-5 hrs start to finish, labored and birthed him in water, at home, no tearing, breezy postpartum), that I attribute largely in part to my vegan diet. He has yet to be ill (when ALL the other kids around him, not to mention his age have been sick numerous times since their birth!).

    :) Happy birthing!

    Mrs. Lois Koch says...

    July 23rd, 2010, 5:07 pm

    Congratulations to you!! I am so happy to see young people like you who really care – - – also to those Doctors and Medical Personnel who did not appear blind to being vegetarian. I remember in my day so many young ladies were eating sweet roles, cakes, icecream, etc. Right now that actually sends shivers up and down my spine to think what their poor unborn infants had to go through.

    Laura says...

    July 23rd, 2010, 6:15 pm

    Another easy peasy vegan pregnancy here (well 2 pregnancies actually!) and very healthy babies at the end of it :) Our youngest is 6 weeks old at the moment, and HUGE! lol His vegan mummy milk sure is working wonders!
    Best of luck to you xx

    Paulina says...

    July 24th, 2010, 2:45 am

    I just gave birth to my first son a month ago and had a wonderful vegetarian pregnancy. I also had no mood swings whatsoever, no food cravings and my non-pregnant friends were jealous of my figure and commented constantly that they couldn’t believe how little weight I gained. Once the baby came out (full term, perfect weight and length) I looked as though I had never been pregnant within a week or two. I attribute a lot of this to my healthy, vegetarian diet and truly recommend this approach to anybody during these crucial months. My baby is in great condition, is very alert and vigorous, and breastfeeding is going extremely well. We all feel very blessed to have such a happy, healthy and beautiful child!

    Ruth Serra says...

    July 24th, 2010, 8:23 am

    Way to go, have a good birthing!

    Shira says...

    July 27th, 2010, 11:00 pm

    Another easy peasy pregnancy here.
    I am currently 6 months pregnant and vegan for nearly 4 years – no morning sickness, no tiredness, no cravings, no mood swings – been a blissful breeze…Hopefully it will continue as such. I had a feeling my diet has a lot to do with it but after reading this and all the comments I am now certain it has ALOT to do with my diet.
    I guess we can all say – “Go Vegan & Have an Easy Pregnancy”

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