Post # 1
Not pregnant but we’re thinking about TTC starting in a few months – need to get a nice vacation in first – anyways, I eat meat on occassion but my husband has really become almost purely vegetarian so our diet at home is mainly veggie friendly. Just wondering if there were any pregnant vegetarians out there and what you did differently once you were pregnant or when nursing. Or for the non-veggies did your meat consumption go up once you were pregnant?
Post # 3
I went from carnivore to vegetarian in my first trimester because I just lost all interest in meat. One suggestion is that what is really important throughout your whole pregnancy is getting enough protein. Make sure to bring this up with your OB who can also help you figure it out….
Post # 4
I’m a vegetarian and not planning to eat meat during my pregnancy, there are a zillion other ways to get protein! My best friend didn’t eat meat in her pregnancy and had a 9 lb totally healthy boy! The important part is that you eat a healthy, balanced diet – whether that means eating meat or not is a totally personal decision so do what feels right for you.
Post # 5
I know a lot of pregnancy books will have special sections on what to do if you are vegetarian. Your OB may want you to see a dietician, but you are most likely fine, unless you are recently learning to be vegan or something.
I also did not want meat in my 1st trimester, anyway, but it just happens the prenatals I take are for vegans, Rainbow Light.
Post # 6
I have been a vegetarian for 15 years and am very newly pregnant (5 weeks or so?). Remaining vegetarian during pregnancy is definitely very doable and healthy, but you may need to adjust your diet to some extent. Previously, I probably got around 20 grams of protein a day (max). Doctors generally recommend that pregnant women consume 60 grams of protein a day. I now make sure that I have some decent protein source in every meal (beans, quinoa, tofu etc.). The hardest part for me is forcing myself to eat lentils and other protein sources when I really just want pasta and veggies 🙂
I found the charts at the bottom of this page interesting: http://www.vegparadise.com/protein.html#Charts
(you will definitely want to check these numbers against your sources of food first as I have found some discrepancies).
Post # 7
If you’re vegetarian, can you still eat eggs? What about cheese? You can get some good protien in cottage cheese is why I ask. And eggs are the obvious protien substitute if you eat them.
I would just be careful about your protien source because you don’t want it to make you constipated. (I’d avoid protien bars for that reason…)
Post # 8
Yeah, I’m not even really a vegetarian, but I only eat meat on occasion, and I eat tons of eggs and cheese. But I already eat a lot of protein since I run, bike and swim. I guess I’ve noticed though that since I’ve kicked up the exercize for the summer I always get meat when I go out to a restaurant whereas in the winter with less exercize I was almost purely vegetarian. It just got me thinking if I was going to go on a meat eating fiend when pregnant if even exercize kicked up my meat eating habits.