TTC and Vegan?

posted 6 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m not vegan, but am vegetarian-my doctor said that if I were vegan she would have strongly encouraged me to meet with a nutritionist to make sure that all the nutrient needs were being met.  I’m starting my third trimester now, and though I mostly eat very well sort of wish I had made an appointment to just make sure everything was in order back in the first trimester 🙂 Hope this is at least somewhat helpful!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

A lot of vegans take things like B17 supplements and stuff, so I don’t know what supplements you are on or should be on, but I second the opinion that you should meet with a nutritionist or dietician. I doubt it’ll be an issue TTC, as long as you aren’t severely deficient in any necessary nutrients, but once you are pregnant and breastfeeding (if you choose to) it would be wise to have a professional help you create and stick to a diet and supplement plan that ensures both you and baby are getting what you need.

ETA: Just wanted to add that once the child is off the boob, you should refrain from feeding them a strict vegan diet untiil they are older. If you absolutely insist on feeding them a vegan diet, please obtain the guidance of a pediatric dietician.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Hey! I’m not vegan or vegetarian but am very interested in that lifestyle/nutrtition in general so I’ve done a bit of research. It is possible to have a healthy vegan/vegetarian pregnancy but like all diets it requires a bit of knowledge about nurtition and an effort to eat a well-rounded diet. If you can afford to it would be likely be helpful to visit with a registered dietitian about how you can make sure you’re staying well nourished throughout your pregnancy (you may try to find a plant-based or open-minded RD). Do your own research too! Also, if you’re looking for some inspiration I highly suggest you check out Sarah Lemkus & Ellen Fisher on Youtube. They’re both mothers to mulitple healthy, happy, vegan children! 

 

I’d also like to add that a well thought out vegan/vegetarian diet can actually be far more nutritious than your standard american diet. People tend to be totally accepting of fast food every day but the second you mention a vegan diet they freak out and are concerned about nutrients. You can be healthy on ANY diet.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am not vegan but I am dairy free (except when pregnant and my reaction to dairy goes away wooo) I was actually advised that being dairy free can help with conception but not sure if that is true. I was also advised to try seed cycling when dealing with infertility so I would suggest you look at that too.

I second all the advice to consult a registered dietician to ensure you’re having the most rounded diet possible.

My son is also dairy free due to an allergy and his dietician told me to not have organic dairy alternatives for him as they cannot have any calicum / additional vitamins added in. She recommended non organic versions as they would help him to gain the nurtrients he would get from dairy if he could eat it. We have been giving him Alpros growing up drink soya milk. He loves it.

I also agree that once weaned do not force your child to have a strict vegan diet without proper advice first. Partly this is to ensure they get everything they need (see above comment about dairy) but also vegan / vegetarian needs to be a personal choice. Until they can make that choice and understand why, I wouldn’t force it. By all means don’t cook meat if you don’t want to, but you can allow it if you’re out and about or using pre made foods.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’m just starting to TTC and vegan, so we’ll see. My sister had 2 successful all-vegan pregancies with 2 vegan kids. They are healthy 4 and 2 year old boys. Doctors never told her she needed to do anything different.

As long as you eat a varied, fruit and veggie-rich diet, you shouldn’t have any issues as a vegan. 

There are stories and studies that being vegan can help improve fertility. I’m running out the door so I don’t have time to link them all, but here’s a couple from Forks Over Knives: https://www.forksoverknives.com/plant-based-diet-helped-me-become-pregnant/#gs.dvI=UVs 

https://www.forksoverknives.com/diet-children-and-the-future/#gs.S2Eg0Ns 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I’m Vegan, not pregnant now, but I did have one miscarriage when I was vegetarian. My doctor had me taking a B-12 supplement. Other than that she said as long was I was eating a well balanced diet I was fine. If you look at the list of no no foods for pregnant women, it’s all stuff vegans don’t eat already…. Most vegan diets are healtheir than others, if you’re doing it right

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - City, State

tm6173 :  

You cannot out-supplement all the nutrients your growing baby needs. There are many nutrients that work synergistically, like calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D and K2.

I was avoiding dairy and meat while supplementing with things like calcium and my baby became a concern for IUGR. I thought I was eating enough and doing enough. My blood pressure and weight gain were low and I had no swelling, and then I was told she was measuring 3 weeks behind and the doctor was very concerned. I’m going to argue that pregnancy is not the time for restrictive diets. I researched and researched and found the Brewer diet. Once I upped my protein (mostly pastured chicken) and started chugging organic pasture raised whole milk (64 oz. a day) her growth evened out and caught up. Babies also need a lot of saturated fat for brain growth and development. Her movements have gotten so much stronger.

If you insist on a vegan diet, for ethical reasons or allergies, be prepared to eat a lot of avocado, like one a day, and a lot of coconut oil etc. In the 3rd trimester for optimum growth you need 70-80g of protein in the form of real food, not protein bars and protein shakes.

If you’re not set on a vegan diet, I highly recommend the Weston A Price diet and the Dr. Brewer diet for both fertility and pregnancy. There are nutrients crucial to fertility (saturated fat being one of them!) If you aren’t giving your body the nutrition it needs, it cannot perform the functions it is meant to naturally do. The standard American diet, and everything that comes with it, like hydrogenated vegetable oils, high refined sugar, factory farmed animals, is partially responsible for the rise in infertility rates in our country. 

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