Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Mar 16th, 2017, 20:18 PM   1
nerdyandnice
Pregnant (Expecting)
Active BnB Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 12

Vegetarian & Pregnant


I have been vegetarian for over a year now, and I'm hoping to continue throughout my pregnancy.

I'm wondering if anyone else is vegetarian and has done this and any advice or tips on staying healthy. Thanks!



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Mar 16th, 2017, 20:29 PM   2
lilmisscaviar
Mum (Mom)
BnB Addict
 
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 5,199
I was vegetarian during my first pregnancy and that baby actually ended up being my largest, healthiest baby. She was born with really good color with a head full of hair and my doctor said it was because of my diet during pregnancy. I made sure to take my prenatal vitamin with a calcium supplement and a plant based iron tablet daily (because vegetarians are more likely to get anemia) but otherwise I did nothing special. The only reason I wasn't vegetarian for subsequent pregnancies was because I hemorrhaged during my first birth - unrelated to being a vegetarian - and my doctor wanted me to eat some lean meat to build up my iron in case that happened again. I still go most days without eating meat though, only eat it a couple times a week but not everyday.



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Mar 18th, 2017, 06:56 AM   3
inkybunny
Pregnant (Expecting)
Active BnB Member
 
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: UK
Posts: 28
I'm vegetarian although right now I'm in the "I can't eat anything" stage of early pregnancy so baby is basically living on cheese sandwiches.

My best recommendation is What to Eat When You're Pregnant and Vegetarian by Rana Conway. There are meal plans in there (for ovo lacto veggies and vegans as well), and it goes through all of the main nutrients and what foods have the highest amounts. It was going to be my Bible, until it turned out I can't eat anything right now! But when food is good again, I have big plans!



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Mar 18th, 2017, 21:18 PM   4
nerdyandnice
Pregnant (Expecting)
Active BnB Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by lilmisscaviar View Post
I was vegetarian during my first pregnancy and that baby actually ended up being my largest, healthiest baby. She was born with really good color with a head full of hair and my doctor said it was because of my diet during pregnancy. I made sure to take my prenatal vitamin with a calcium supplement and a plant based iron tablet daily (because vegetarians are more likely to get anemia) but otherwise I did nothing special. The only reason I wasn't vegetarian for subsequent pregnancies was because I hemorrhaged during my first birth - unrelated to being a vegetarian - and my doctor wanted me to eat some lean meat to build up my iron in case that happened again. I still go most days without eating meat though, only eat it a couple times a week but not everyday.
Thanks! I've just been taking my prenatal vitamins, but I was thinking I should add iron and calcium in as well.



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Mar 18th, 2017, 21:30 PM   5
nerdyandnice
Pregnant (Expecting)
Active BnB Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by inkybunny View Post
I'm vegetarian although right now I'm in the "I can't eat anything" stage of early pregnancy so baby is basically living on cheese sandwiches.

My best recommendation is What to Eat When You're Pregnant and Vegetarian by Rana Conway. There are meal plans in there (for ovo lacto veggies and vegans as well), and it goes through all of the main nutrients and what foods have the highest amounts. It was going to be my Bible, until it turned out I can't eat anything right now! But when food is good again, I have big plans!
I'm ovo lacto, and I eat fish as well, and I went out to eat the other day and couldn't eat the fish I ordered. I got so sick! I'll probably cut out the fish altogether if I can't handle it for the rest of being pregnant. I know you're not supposed to eat a lot of it anyways during pregnancy.

I'll definitely check out that book! Thanks!



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Mar 19th, 2017, 06:47 AM   6
inkybunny
Pregnant (Expecting)
Active BnB Member
 
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: UK
Posts: 28
Yes, I've been eating some fish too - we went out for fish and chips the other week, and I admit I've had a few Filet-O-Fish meals at McDonalds! Not exactly health food, but I'm trying to just eat whatever sounds palatable right now.



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Mar 20th, 2017, 06:25 AM   7
MindUtopia
Mum (Mom)
BnB Addict
 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Dorset, UK
Posts: 9,201
I'm actually not strictly vegetarian anymore, but I was for 20 years and I was a vegetarian when I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago. I would just say carry on eating healthy which you likely already do, getting plenty of sources of plant protein and fats (eggs are great if you eat them, legumes, nuts, nut butters are really easy usually, etc.) and also a variety of veg, especially green leafy veg. I would recommend taking an iron and b12 supplement in addition to folic acid if you aren't already taking a pregnancy multivitamin. I didn't have any issues with iron and in fact the midwives were always impressed at how high my iron levels were compared to most pregnant women and one just about fell off her chair when I told her I was actually a vegetarian! I think eating lots of good quality sources of plant-based iron and taking a decent pregnancy vitamin helped. I took Solgar prenatals last time (which are vegetarian). They're American, but I can get them here easily on Amazon or in my local natural health shop. This time I can't take them because they bother my stomach (figures!), but I do take Floradix, which is a liquid iron supplement, daily instead.

But really it's just about carrying on eating healthy and taking vitamins as needed, which should be what everyone is doing anyway. I'm not strictly a vegetarian anymore (I do eat some meat now just because my daughter isn't vegetarian and it's stressful enough cooking one healthy toddler friendly meal from scratch every day, that I don't have the energy to also cook myself something separate without meat). But I do still eat a largely vegetarian diet (we only have meat in our house maybe 3-4 dinners a week), and especially when I'm pregnant, I don't have much appetite for animal protein anyway.

Congrats on your pregnancy!



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Mar 20th, 2017, 22:57 PM   8
lanet
Pregnant (Expecting)
BnB Addict
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,036
I am and I have a hard time getting protein sources while pregnant bc I have so many food aversions. I snack on nuts, cheese, and yogurt, and I eat eggs for breakfast.



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Mar 23rd, 2017, 16:41 PM   9
arturia
Mum (Mom)
Active BnB Member
 
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Alberta
Posts: 866
As a vegetarian you probably won't be short on most nutrients (certain minerals are harder to get vegetarian, but surely you know that) but it's definitely harder to get protein. Your protein needs go up while pregnant so you'll want to include more of this macro-nutrient in your meal plans.



 
Status: Offline
 
Old Mar 28th, 2017, 04:16 AM   10
blablamana
Mum (Mom)
Active BnB Member
 
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 658
Just eat healthy, I've been a vegetarian since I was ten years old and never had to worry during my pregnancy, nor am I worrying this pregnancy Keep your iron in check though! My iron has always been rather high, even throughout pregnancy, but most people don't have that luxury!



 
Status: Offline
 
Reply



Bookmarks

Tags
pregnant , vegetarian

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



SEO by vBSEO