(Closed) vegetarian mommy and daddy?

posted 10 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Do you think being vegetarian while pregnant is irresponsible?

    Yes it is, I think you would be putting your baby in danger

    No, it is safe. I have done it or I would feel comfortable doing it

    I would never do it, but I wouldn't judge someone else for doing it

    I'm not sure how I feel about it, talk to a medical professional

  • Post # 4
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2008

    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
    1003 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    2394 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    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
    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    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
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    7980 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My girlfriend just had twins and was a vegetarian throughout her pregnancy!

    Post # 11
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2008

    @Moose – like on Friends when Phoebe started craving meat 🙂

    Post # 12
    122 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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 # 14
    3761 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

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    @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
    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
    510 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    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:


    protein shake

    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…



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