(Closed) Any other pregnant vegetarians on here?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am not pregnant yet, but I am a vegetarian and Darling Husband is a meat lover.  We also eat all organic.  I don’t think I will raise our future chldren completely vegetarian.  I will just make occasional meals (like I do now) of local organic chicken and lean healthy meats like that.  Because I will be doing most of the cooking, they will probably end up having mainly vegetarian meals- but I want to just focus on feeding them a healthy diet and let them chose their veg preference when they are older.  (For now anyway, this is my idea!) 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I’m not veg, but a good friend of mine is and so is her husband. She went both of her births doing veg and she is raising her babies on a veg diet, I think she is vegan though, so I know she said at times it was hard and she really had to do her research to ensure that she was eating right and then feeding her babies right, but her kids are great and she is great so I guess it worked great. I commend anyone for being able to eat so heatlhy. I think I eat pretty healthy but I don’t always know what to buy and how to do it. I bought the cookbook Skinny Bitch,not realizing it was veg cookbook, but she had a lot of great stuff to cook but it was also very in debth of stuff to buy and it had me pretty overwhelmed!

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2007 - Radisson Hotel

I’m a veg, and I took a lot more vitamins to help my iron levels and calcium and all that. Nothing else really changed for me. My husband is a meat eater (sometimes it seems like meat-only), and we have a 14 month old.

I was raised a veg by a vegetarian father, with a mom and brother who ate all meat. It was crazy. I had so many limits put into my diet as a kid because of this, and I really don’t think I could choose a life for my daughter that way. Does that make sense? I mean, it’s a lot easier now to be a vegetarian (especially in LA!) than it was 30 years ago, but still, it was really hard for me to not get to eat anything at parties and summer camp (hot dogs and pepperoni pizza and I would NOT peel off the pepperoni). Now that I’m old enough, I still have never tried meat, and I don’t want to, but I just can’t restrict my daughter (and my husband) to making her only eat what I do.

SO, I told my husband: I will not buy, make or feed her meat. If he buys/makes/feeds it to her then I’m okay with it. I will not keep him from feeding her things she may like, since my doc told me that I don’t have the antibodies in my stomach to break down meat correctly if I wanted to start eating it, and it kind of sucks that that decision was made for me as a baby. So far she’s eaten a ton of poultry and some red meat here and there. I just can’t watch it. 😀

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@kiwi:

Great post for me right now…because I am a meat lover or at least I used to….now with the morning sickness I don’t even want to smell meat! What else can I eat to get my protein????

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think you can raise your kids vegetarian as long as everyone in the house is on board with it. Meaning you are not making multiple meals to suit both the meat eaters and the vegetarians. I am a vegetarian who includes fish, milk and eggs in my diet. I do not eat meat, period. My husband is a meat eater though. It works for us because I control what we eat at home, and as a result, my husband eats all the vegetarian meals I prepare, and eats meat at work or when he eats out. If we had kids, it would be the same. Vegetarian meals only, but if they want to try meat at school or at friends houses, that is their choice. Later if they want to give up vegetarianism, it is their choice.

Post # 8
Bee
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2007 - Radisson Hotel

@shelbifox15: Eat a lot of nuts! Peanut butter on crackers totally helped me out stomachwise, I was so nauseous in the beginning! A lot of cheese (string cheese and cheddar sticks were my BFFs), tofu and I love those seaweed snacks…Eggs are yummy!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@kiwi:

What are Seaweed Snacks??? and where do you get those?

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@shelbifox15:

Yogurt is great for you, as are beans and chickpeas of all kinds with whole grains. Quinoa is a great source of complete protein as well.  Eggs are good.  Don’t rely too much on cheese for your protein because it’s also got a lot of saturated fat and cholesterol, but it certainly is a good addition. Nuts and nut butters are super healthy as well. They also have fat, but it’s the “good” kind.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve been more conscientious of my protein intake as well. I try to make sure that every meal has some protein in it be it eggs/cheese/nuts during the day and more tofu/beans/legumes at dinner.

We’re not going to raise our kids veg. but since I do most of the cooking, their diet will be mostly vegetarian by default.

Post # 12
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588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2007 - Radisson Hotel

@shelbifox15: They’re just like, dried flavored seaweed “sheets”? SO good.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’m a vegetarian and currently 28 weeks pregnant.  I did have to start taking an iron supplement, but so did my mom when she was pregnant with me and she ate plenty of meat.  I do try to be more aware of my protein intake (protein rich granola bars, milk, yogurt, beans…) but my doctor said it is completely healthy to be vegetarian while pregnant.  Our household is vegetarian, although my husband does eat some meat out of the house, so we will likely raise our child mostly vegetarian.  I think we will continue to evaluate this decision over time as our child has more opportunities to eat out of the house and eventually let him/her make their own decision about what to eat.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Can I even start this post out by saying I’m not pregnant or vegetarian and still feel like I have something valuable to say?  We’ll see…

I’m not a currently a vegetarian but I was from age 8 to 16 or so.  My mom also didn’t eat much meat at that point and did almost all of the cooking.  So my formative learning to cook meals were probably 85% vegetarian.  Even now I tend to cook my more or less veggie meal and then fix some “protein” on the side to satisfy J.  Or make him cook it.  🙂  I don’t foresee that changing in the near future when we start to TTC.  I’m definitely loving these suggestions, especially the non-bean ones.  While I love them, J can’t stand them.  That definitely makes things tricky sometimes.  I actually just bought Quinoa this weekend for the first time.  My mom makes it but I’ve never attempted.  I also just tried tempeh for the first time in probably 10 years.  I didn’t like it when I was a kid and I wasn’t very impressed this time around either.  How do you guys cook it?  I do love tofu though.  I may just stick to that.

I won’t be raising our (future) kids on a strictly vegetarian diet but they’ll probably be fed less meat than “normal”.  They’ll also definitely experience and appreciate a wide variety of “weird” typically veggie foods.  When I was a vegetarian it was for ethical reasons.  Like others have said, it will be up to them to make that call.  

@EK: Totally off topic, but I love your dog!  He reminds me of my old one.  He’s not a Ridgeback by chance?

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My good friend had healthy TWINS while remaining vegetarian through her pregnancy!  Her doctor thought her diet was fine, and her daughters are great.  She does not have the babies adhere to a strict vegetarian diet however- they eat meat sometimes.

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