(Closed) Pregnancy and meat eating

posted 10 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

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
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

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
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

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…)

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