Do You Need Meat When Pregnant?
by Alex Jones | January 10, 2018
What About The Baby?
Everyone LOVES a pregnancy, whether you’re vegan or not. People love asking about how you’re feeling, what cravings you’re having, whether you know the sex, whether you THINK you know the sex, are you feeling any movement yet?
When you’re vegan, you get all these questions plus more. People want to know what nutrients the baby is getting. Have you stayed vegan while you’ve been pregnant? Have you been craving meat? Is it safe to be vegan while pregnant? EVERYONE has seen that episode of friends where Phoebe eats meat through her pregnancy because she feels like she has to and wants to know if this has happened to you too.
The great news is, there is absolutely no need to change a healthy vegan diet when you fall pregnant. There’s actually a huge range of health benefits to being vegan while pregnant. Many women report falling pregnancy quickly and easily while on a vegan diet (myself included). There’s also plenty of women out there who have had both vegan and non vegan pregnancies and say that the morning sickness and other pregnancy symptoms were less severe with their vegan pregnancy. Your doctor will do a set of bloods when you first see them to confirm your pregnancy, and as long as you continue to eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and take a vegan prenatal throughout your pregnancy there’s no reason why you can’t stay vegan.
The other bonus to being vegan through pregnancy is that you don’t have to think about what you’re ‘not allowed’ to eat during pregnancy – raw fish, soft cheese, soft serve ice cream, the mercury in fish are all off the menu anyway.. the one thing you may also look forward to when bubs arrives is a nice big glass of red wine!
Don’t forget to check out our other articles on DELICIOUS ALTERNATIVES TO SATISFY NON-VEGAN CRAVINGS & 3 VEGAN COOKIE RECIPES TO BAKE THIS WEEK!
Kim Blair Kim is a 29 year old vegan woman who enjoys working out, napping, vegan food and (when not pregnant) red wine. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, Nick, and 2 Labradors, Nelson and Kirby. They are expecting their first baby in March this year and you can follow her pregnancy and food journey on her Instagram page @alittleveganlife.