(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 # 18
    Member
    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    My mom was for 2 kids! Im 24 and my brother is 27 i think. We’re just fine! And also i might add my mom was really strict with sugar with us and my brother still hasnt had a cavity!

    Post # 19
    Member
    2788 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    My mom and Dad have been vegetarians since the early 70’s.  My mom was vegan when she was pregnant with both me and my brother.

    We are completely healthy, fine and don’t have any sort of deficiencies or other medical issues.

    Post # 20
    Member
    2206 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think you’re probably worrying about nothing. India, for example, is filled with vegetarians, and it seems like they make plenty of babies just fine over there. It is a great idea to talk to your doctor about your diet before you TTC, but we should all do that.

    Post # 21
    Member
    751 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Two of my best friends are vegetarians and both had beautiful, healthy babies – one of them was almost 10 lbs!  I too am a veg and when pregnant will remain one.  Like EVERY OTHER PREGNANT WOMAN just be responsible about getting the proper nutrition and you and your baby will be fine. 

    Post # 22
    Member
    1102 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m vegetarian and don’t plan on changing my diet when pregnant (not that we are TTC yet), although I probably would if my dr thought it was necessary. As far as I’m aware though it’s not normally necessary if you are getting all the right nutrients, so hopefully I will be the same. A friend of mine who is vegie was told during pregnancy to try and get a bit of meat into her so she just had small portions occasionally. She is back to being full vegetarian now. As someone else said, there are many cultures around the world where all women are vegetarian and their babies do not suffer for it.

    Post # 23
    Member
    295 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    For what it’s worth, the Mayo Clinic guide to pregnancy addresses this specifically and says it’s 100% fine—you just need to be aware of what you’re eating and make sure you’re getting enough protein, calcium, iron, etc. (But honestly—that’s a problem for non-veggies too, since you need so much more of everything!) So, like everyone said—I wouldn’t worry, especially as you do milk/eggs.

    Post # 24
    Member
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m not vegetarian, but something that comes to mind is getting enough reliable omega-3s (DHA specicially). I know women are recommended to eat fish, especially while pregnant; and there’s some disagreement whether plant sources can provide the same DHA as fish does.  You might want to talk with your doctor about that.

    Post # 25
    Member
    2194 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @loladidntdoit: I hear ya on the “meat isn’t even food” thing–I say the same thing all the time! I’ve been veg since 8 and vegan since 13 and animal products just aren’t food to me.  I don’t look at them and see things that go into my mouth.  I actually find shoes or curtains more appetizing! 😛

    There is a HUGE veg mama community out there.  I know many vegetarians and vegans who have given birth to big, healthy, beautiful babies with no complications whatsoever whilst adhering to their regular diet.  You should look for some of these websites, forums, etc.; there might even be a group that meets regularly in your area.  I don’t know of any off the top of my head since I’m nowhere near TTC yet, but I do know that these things exist.  Good luck!

    Post # 26
    Member
    1003 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    View original reply
    @abbyful: Really?! My friend is currently 8 and a half months pregnant and was told by her doctor not to eat fish. At all. In fact, that is what every pregnant mama is told here because of the high levels of mercury and other deadly metals that are found in their meat.

    Post # 27
    Member
    995 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’m a veg and I will NOT be changing my eating habits:-)

    Post # 28
    Member
    295 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    The DHA bit is actually a good point—here (as in Canada, it seems) there are lots of cautions about eating fish, particularly fish higher in the food chain with higher levels of metals. So my doctor recommends fish oil supplements to get omega-3s/DHA (with or without pregnancy!) This leads to a dilemma for vegetarians, though—are you willing to take animal-based supplements? Something to think about early on, as there are several. You can get omega 3s from other sources, but it’s trickier. Might be a gray area you’re willing to bend on—might not.

    Post # 29
    Member
    92 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    As long as you are getting the protein and iron and such that you need, you should be fine.  As a vegetarian you probably already know what to substitute (instead of meat) to get certain nutrients, and if not your doc will probably advise taking supplements.

    Meat eater or not, I would always talk to a doc about diet before TTC.

    Post # 30
    Member
    5262 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    This is a gross overgeneralization, but in my experience many vegetarians are more conscious of what nutrients they’re getting. I don’t think it has anything to do with vegetarianism itself, but it does have to do with the initial worry of “will I get enough of x, y, and z?” I personally am way healthier than I was when I ate meat – my doctor even commented on it after I made the switch about 10 years ago. Don’t let anyone bully you into thinking a vegetarian diet is bad for mommas to be! 

    Post # 31
    Member
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @sceeder, I’ve always heard/read to not eat long-lived carnivorous fish (such as mackeral and shark) because they build up mercury over their lives; instead choose fish like trout, catfish, sardines, etc.

    The topic ‘vegetarian mommy and daddy?’ is closed to new replies.

    Find Amazing Vendors