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Transitioning whilst pregnant 
30th-Jun-2013 01:02 am
Due in october
After years of being vegetarian on-and-off, my husband and I have finally decided to properly commit to the change once we've moved out of my dad's house which is in a few weeks.
My main goal, though, is to ultimately go vegan. I know that plenty of women have had completely healthy pregnancies whilst vegan, but my question is about whether or not it's advisable/safe to actually transition from an omni diet to a full vegan one during pregnancy. I'm 25 weeks along (about 6 months), so I'm not having any morning sickness, so all of my food is actually staying with me now (thank god!).

Does anyone have any advice or references I could check out? Or perhaps give me an idea of how they were feeling physically whilst making their change?
29th-Jun-2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
here are some links i've found


and though i haven't gone through a vegan pregnancy (or any pregnancy, for that matter) i would imagine supplementing with healthy fats, b-vitamins, and proteins would be important. a good prenatal multi, perhaps some algae based DHA, flax and hemp seeds and oils. i bet smoothies would be super easy to incorporate - that's where i add flax and hemp seeds/oils to the most.

good luck!
29th-Jun-2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
A couple of books on vegan pregnancy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0980144035 and http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Vegan-Pregnancy-Book-pregnancy/dp/144052551X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372521094&sr=1-1&keywords=vegan+pregnancy+reed+mangels. I'm not sure if either address transitioning while pregnant, but they could be helpful in making sure you're confident in your food choices for a healthy pregnancy.

i don't know if you're already working with a registered dietitian or doctor, but finding one who is knowledgeable of vegan diets would be helpful.
29th-Jun-2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
I am not a nutritionist, nor do I play one on TV, but my general recommendation to pregnant women is to keep a diary. It's for your eyes only, so be honest with yourself. Write down everything you've eaten, any supplements you've taken, any exercise or mildly strenuous activity you've engaged in, how well you've slept, how your mood is, any aches, pains, constipation, etc. Look back at your diary, particularly if you're feeling less than optimal, and see if you can find a cause. There are plenty of websites out there (I think sparkpeople does this, but I may be misremembering) that will tell you the nutrition information of a dish if you put in the recipe, see if what you're eating day to day is balanced or lacking. If it's lacking, fix it, either with different foods or supplements.

Get in tune with your body. I've found that mine tells me what it needs if I take the time to listen. During my first pregnancy, I craved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches morning, noon and night. I took a quick look at what I'd been eating and there was an acute lack of protein. Listen to your cravings, they're your body's way of telling you what it needs.
29th-Jun-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
Did anyone mention Bun in the Oven? I didn't click on the links, so I couldn't tell what books were being recommended.
30th-Jun-2013 12:14 am (UTC)
Every pregnancy is different - I'd just agree with previous comments - keep track of what you're eating and what you might be missing out on nutrient wise, take a multi vitamin if you can, and really just listen to your body :)
I'm sure if this is something you really want to do you can do it.

30th-Jun-2013 01:11 am (UTC)
Everyone else gave great advice. I would think you'd be perfectly fine, just as long as you add any necessary calories (I believe, if you are a healthy weight, you are supposed to eat 300 more calories per day while pregnant. When I was pregnant, I usually just added another slice of toast with peanut butter to my breakfast routine.) I'd make sure to eat a lot of whole foods (not just vegan junk food) and take a prenatal vitamin. I used this while pregnant: http://www.drvita.com/p-2432-rainbow-light-prenatal-one-multivitamin-90-tablets.aspx?CAWELAID=1906479103&catargetid=1920411202&cadevice=c&gclid=CM_gyqbMirgCFUbhQgod2yUAaw.

Hope that helps. :-)
30th-Jun-2013 04:20 am (UTC)
I carried my twins (now 8 months) to 39 weeks while vegan. My family doctor did an extra vitamin/mineral test but I was totally fine just drinking enriched soy milk and the usual pre-natal pills! My OB/GYN didn't bat an eye when I told her I was vegan (the previous pregnancy when I had her I was vegetarian).

You should be fine if you make sure you get all your nutrients and vitamins in and it's easier than most people drink. Obviously I think the vegan lifestyle and the diet specifically is the healthiest, and yes, my vegan husband and I are raising all three of our kids vegan.

Aloe Vera enhances the absorption of B12 so try to get your hands on some of it. Oh, and black tea inhibits the absorption of B12 so if you're drinking it, stop.

Edited at 2013-06-30 04:21 am (UTC)
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