recently found out im having a baby, and ive had TONS of people so far telling me "you need to eat meat, your iron levels are probably low, you need to eat more protein" lol
people are so ignorant!
i havent even had a craving for meat or dairy, thank god
my sister felt the need to send me this link:
You don't need to eat "meat." The risk to a baby is low but why take a chance? The real risk to pregnant mothers vis-a-vis their baby is insufficient B-12. You get all the omega-3, folate, iron, Vit A, etc., from green leafy vegetables. Here's some research: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/american-vegans-placing-babies-at-r... So add a B-12 supplement while pregnant and nursing -- also, since omega-3 is so vitally important during gestation and nursing, for both mom and baby, the recommendation to eat ground Flaxseed (2 to 4 T) or Chia (although flaxseed has more lignans which help prevent breast cancer than does chia) (or eat both) is excellent. And get out into the sun or take a Vit. D supplement. Those people living on remote islands eating fruit weren't washing them and so they got all the B-12 they needed from the bacteria on the fruit and the dirt on their dirty hands. The human body adapted so well but in today's culture basically we are just too clean and we no longer use human and animal fecal matter as fertilizer so we aren't getting B-12 the way God intended, so we make up for it through science. <wink> Alternatively, you could/should get your blood work done to see how much B-12 you have; most likely (fingers crossed), you have plenty and no supplements are necessary (which is why only about 20 babies a year born to vegan mothers have birth defects from insufficient B-12 out of hundreds of thousands of babies).
One more reason why NOT to eat meat (especially poultry): http://nutritionfacts.org/video/chicken-consumption-and-the-feminiz...
Fruit has NO detrimental side effects (no MEP).
I ate alot of avacodos while breastfeeding beause thier high in fat, and I had LOTS of green smothies with pineapple, apple, bananas, papaya, and spiniach while pregnant the pineapple will mask the banana taste...although when your pregnant dont consume TOO much citrus in a day, it made me really itchy, thats just me though. spiniach and bananas are a must, spiniach is so high in protien and iron...Greens & Fruit has everything we need you just gotta do your research on what different fruits have, I also had a vegan midwife whos has had seven children & was very supportive and full of knowledge
This is a great site to show sceptic people :) It explains it all very well! http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural.html
My iron levels were top notch when I was pregnant. My midwives were so surprised since I was a vegetarian. (eye roll) People don't have a clue.
My five month old baby girl has never been exposed to animal products! I was completely vegan (though kind of high-fat) throughout my pregnancy, and am still completely vegan (low fat, mostly raw) now while breastfeeding her. I am short, 5'1" and grew a healthy, vigorous 6lb 12oz baby whom I birthed safely at home...she more than doubled her size in three months. She's almost 17lbs now, healthy, happy, feisty, intelligent and curious.
First, make sure you're eating enough. I know that's difficult in the first trimester. I basically lived on pineapple and plain boiled potatoes until I could stomach other fruits and greens again. Then, find yourself a good midwife. They will push protein on you, but they are at least accepting of vegetarian diets. Finally, research, research, research. Watch "The Business of Being Born" documentary on Netflix. Join Mothering.com and read "Birth and Breastfeeding" by Michel Odent. Sign up for Birthing From Within childbirth classes.
And have a beautiful pregnancy! <3
thank you :)
I second all of these recommendations! Be vague with your midwife about what you are eating, as most of them are trained to push the Brewer diet (a quart of milk, 2 eggs, organ meats, etc.!). Just reassure her you are getting "lots of protein."
Also, make sure to take your b-12 to avoid iron issues. Many midwives are constrained to force hospital transfer if your iron is too low.
The death of the baby has nothing to do with the parents being vegan. The baby died because the parents fed him soy milk and apple juice. This article is misleading and fear promoting. A 6 week old baby needs breast milk! Even formula would be better than giving your baby soy milk and apple juice.
I recommend adding in some more avocados, raw fresh coconut milk, some soaked almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, flax, chia.
Congratulations! I am recently preggo as well.
I first went to a traditional ob/gyn and she surprisingly told me that a vegan diet during pregnancy is great and that I probably knew how to eat healthy already and she didn't have to review much nutrition info and warnings with me. She seemed very enthusiastic and told me it was a good thing.
I still switched to a natural birthing center for other reasons, and one of the midwives there is ALL about the protein. She told me that I was probably going to want meat or cheese at some point, that most vegans "give in" during pregnancy, and that I needed 50-60 grams of protein a day. (I do want to know more about that figure because eating 811 I can get anywhere from 25-40 g a day). This woman also told me that vegans usually have a hard time during labor and "run out of energy because they didn't get enough protein." This made me lol inside. I'm going to be so carbed up during labor... what does protein have to do with energy?! Lol. Anways, this woman was overweight (no offense) so I'm not going to get scared of her protein-mongering or give her nutrition "advice" much thought. Shes' been delivering babies for 20+ years so I *will* listen to what she has to stay about childbirth though.
It's just funny how the traditional doctor was gung-ho about veganism and the "granola" midwife was against it.
umm - yeah - they dont look like responsible or intelligent parents to me.
the highest source of iron are dried herbs followed by cocoa - people in the victorian era had a problem with too much iron in their diet because they cooked and stored things in "iron" - iron pots, iron pans, iron everything - now where is meat flesh in all of this - its not - vegans get their iron from the same place the OTHER animals get it - from their greens.
now to protein - so why do you need huge amounts of protein ? - the fact is that high protein diets cause cancer - the most successful anti cancer diet in the world only allows 5 % of protein and that is plant protein at that - so what does that tell you ?
your body only needs between 5-10% protein - but it needs tons of carbs because thats what your body runs on - its fuel is carbs so eat the majority of you food as raw organic vegan carbs.