- 10 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
Vegetarians who have a problem taking fish oil can just take flax oil supplements…they contain the necessary Omega-3 DHA nutrient…the same as fish oil.
and @loladidntdoit…LOL that’s funny because I am going through a grapefruit phase! I can eat it morning, noon and night!
@sceeder, I think we will have to agree to disagree on this. I work at a hospital (not in patient care, I’m a computer person, but I work with a good number of nurses and doctors), and I have seen plenty of pregant nurses and doctors eating fish themselves and/or recommending pregnant women to eat fish or take fish-oil supplements; just avoid eating the high-mercury fish. And I know MayoClinic doesn’t recommend avoiding fish 100%.
My Fiance was actually raised vegetarian, yep. So yes, his mom, dad, sister, and he are ALL vegetarians. Like you and your Fiance, they have eggs and dairy, but NO meat. At all. Ever. Future Mother-In-Law never had any problems conceiving or carrying both of her children to term. Both are healthy. I think you will be fine, but you could discuss your concerns with your OB and a nutritionist just to put your mind at ease.
I love the point about meat-abstaining cultures! I might also add that meat can contain antibiotics, hormones, and bacteria that it couldn’t hurt to avoid during pregnancy. Also, if you switched from a long-term vegetarian diet to eating meat suddenly, couldn’t that cause a pretty upset tummy?
This totally reminds me of a Friends episode where Phoebe wanted meat and Joey abstained from meat to make things “even” so she could eat meat, guilt-free! =]
I’ve been researching this because, while i am not pregnant right now, my Future Mother-In-Law is already freaking out about me being pregnent while a vegetarian and saying she plans to slip meat into our kid’s food as often as she can because she thinks raising your kids vegetarian is irresponcilbe and unhealthy. *sigh* Her son has been vegetarian for almost 11 years now and she still freaks out. Anyhow, these are the few resources I’ve found, and liked, that i plan to whip out to educate her (myself, and anyone else who naysays!) when I do get pregnant!
I don’t have much else right now, but I am sure once i become pregnant that I’ll be doing mondo amounts of research.
I know this is an old topic, but I just came across it. I am a vegetarian, husband is not. There is nothing irresponsible about being a veg! It’s actually MORE responsible for obvious reasons 🙂
I did talk to my OBGYN about it b/c we are TTC. She had no worries about it. Just mentioned to make sure I get enough protein, iron, and folic acid. I was able to find a plant-based DHA supplement (since most of them contain fish oil). My doc said she would be more concerned if I were vegan.
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