Post # 1
My fiance and I are not currently trying to conceive, and probably won’t be for another three years, however I am curious about something. We are both vegetarians (no meat, no chicken, no fish, but we do have milk and eggs) and don’t have any plans to change our diets at any point in our lives. What are the risks of conceiving a child or being pregnant while being vegetarian? Has anyone done it?
I just really don’t think that I could EVER put meat into my mouth, but if something were to go wrong at ay stage in pregnancy, I would blame my diet and never forgive myself. Is this ridiculous? I am a perfectly healthy person who hasn’t eaten meat since the 7th grade. Are my concerns irrational or would you have the same thoughts?
Post # 3
It’s doable. I recommend the book The New Becoming Vegetarian. It has several chapters on a healthy vegetarian diet during pregnancy and also about issues regarding raising kids while the parents are vegetarian.
Post # 4
Def. talk to your OB and get smart on nutrition when you start TTC. I would imagine its perfectly fine to have a veg diet but you will probably need to ensure you get all the proper nutriion in for baby – complete protein probably being the most essential part of that. There are some good books out there – I think What to Eat When You’re Expecting even has a section on vegetarians….
Post # 5
I am vegetarian (including no dairy or eggs) and I will not be changing my diet if I become pregnant. Lots of resources out there to plan balanced meals and to make sure you and the baby are getting the vitamins and minerals you need.
Post # 6
I’d talk to your OB or GYN and see what he or she has to say. It might also be wise to do some preliminary research on the extra effort required to raise veggie kids if that’s how you intend to go.
Post # 7
definately talk to your doctor – i dont think it would be a problem but you have to be really careful to get enough of your needed nutrients (vits and minerals) so the prenatal vitamins might be ultra important for you.
but bottom line ask your OBGYN. they will have the best guidance.
Post # 8
I agree with everyone else– it is totally cool but probably best to talk to a doc. Honestly I think EVERYONE would benefit from talking to their doc about diet while pregnant because nutrition is so important for babies.
Post # 9
This is totally random but I’ve heard a lot of vegetarians who couldn’t imagine ever eating meat again suddenly have cravings for red meat during pregnancy!!
Just as the others said check with your OB. Since you still do dairy and eggs I think you can come up with a diet that works. I would be concerned about calcium if you didn’t eat any dairy either.
Post # 10
My girlfriend just had twins and was a vegetarian throughout her pregnancy!
Post # 11
@Moose – like on Friends when Phoebe started craving meat 🙂
Post # 12
As long as you are eating a proper vegitarian diet I wouldn’t be worried at all. There are lots of other ways to get nutrients then eating meat.
Post # 13
oh man, I can’t imagine craving meat! to a lifelong veggie head, that would be like having cravings to eat shoes or curtains-it isn’t food! haha
Post # 14
@Sunchick19: I was thinking the same thing! That episode is so funny.
I think the biggest thing would be that yes you are healthy now, but as your body and its nutritional needs change you may need to adjust either your eating habbits (by adding meats, or other foods rich in that content) and supplements.
Post # 15
Good news — you’re being irrational. Not only is a balanced vegetarian diet perfectly safe, the American Dietetic Association has approved a well-planned vegan for all stages of life, including pregnant and nursing mothers. As long as you’re getting the nutrients you and your baby need — which is totally possible without resorting to any animal products — feel free to follow your tastebuds and moral convictions.
Post # 16
I agree with pinkrokker…I am a vegetarian and I am currently pregnant…I think the recommended amt. of protein for pregnant women is around 60g a day…I get around 70. so please don’t think that you have to eat meat in order to have a healthy pregnancy.
my daily meals consist of:
grapefruit or any other kind of fruit
I mix that up with oatmeal/morningstar sausage patty/toast
any type of bean soup (lentil, black bean, pinto bean, splitpea, etc.) and cornbread
grapes, strawberries, raspberries again or anyother kind of fruit
Tofu with mixed vegetables
rice or mashed potatoes or pasta
spinach, broccoli, asparagus or greens
late night snack 🙂
peanut butter and jelly sandwich
and I snack on nuts (cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, pistachios) throughout the day…