(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 # 32
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @abbyful: Those fish can also carry toxic amounts of mercury in their body fat. Here in Canada I have actually have seen mercury posioning in people first hand and it is really horrible. I useto live near a First Nations community that has been completely affected by mercury contamination, and it isn’t something I would take a risk on (but that is me).  That is kinda interesting to know! Because yeah, every doctor recommends staying far away from fish while pregnant and recommends instead flax, spinach, tree nuts and canola oil. My friend has a huge list on her fridge. But never, never fish.

    Post # 33
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    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!

    Post # 34
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @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%.

    Post # 35
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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.

    Post # 36
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    Helper bee

    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?

    Post # 37
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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! =]

    Post # 38
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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!

    http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/veganpregnancy.htm

    http://www.parentingweekly.com/pregnancy/pregnancy_health_fitness/vegetarian_diet.htm

    http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/articles/vegetarian-pregnancy.php

    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.

    Post # 39
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    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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