Post # 1
I wanted to see if there were any vegetarian expecting ladies on the boards. I’ve been one for 9 years and am 5w along so I still have a ways to go 🙂
I thought I would ask other ladies if you changed anything while pregnant in your diet and if so, what did you change? Did your doctor recommend anything specifically? I am going to my first appt in about 4 weeks so I’ll also be asking mine about this too
Post # 3
I might as well be vegetarian. I haven’t touched meat since about 6 weeks! Damn those food aversions. Looking forward to reading what people post, since my diet has been sorely lacking.
Post # 4
I’m ovo/lacto vegetarian, and have been for almost 13 years. I didn’t make any major diet changes while pregnant – mostly trimmed back my coffee consumption and tried to keep my snacking to nutrient dense whole foods instead of junk as much as possible (but *damn* the grocery store doughnut case was my weakness!). My midwife favored ovo/lacto vegetarianism as a healthy diet for pregnancy and didn’t encourage any changes.
Post # 5
I’m basically vegetarian although I don’t use the label… but the reality is I hardly ever eat meat.
I’ve been sticking to my normal diet of fruit and veggies and grains, although I’ve noticed that I’m craving eggs and have been eating a lot of those, too. My only issue has been anemia. My doctor told me to eat more dark leafy greens, but that wasn’t enough to solve the problem, so I’ve had to take an iron pill — prolem solved.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I’ve been vegan for 14 years. The biggest change is that my prenatal is gigantic and gross, since vegan pills aren’t often coated. I’ve been having a bit of a hard time taking them, but I manage to, every night.
With my terrible morning sickness (i’m 11 weeks), my doctor was far more concerned about my vomiting 3-4 times a day than being vegan. In the first trimester, it’s really difficult to eat (for some), so nutrition hasn’t been a huge concern (aside from the vitamin).
As I’m approaching the second trimester, I’m trying to eat like I normally would, but veggies and I aren’t friends right now. I’m eating a lot of fruit, and I’m really trying to amp up my protein. I have my 12 week appointment next Thursday, and I intend to talk to my doctor more about it then.
I’ve always been healthy, so I don’t expect my pregnancy to change that.
Post # 7
Meeeee! Dear Fiance and I are both vegetarians, both for about 20 years… wow, that makes us sound old!
I haven’t changed anything really except for generally trying to eat healthier. I take New Chapter Perfect Prenatal vitamins and Opti3 Omega-3 EPA & DHA capsules (vegetarian / vegan).
Post # 8
My best friend is vegetarian (ovo/lacto technically) and she did change when she got pregnant by adding back some fish to make sure she was getting protein, but she mostly eats shellfish. She actually stuck with it after she gave birth too, she continues to eat shellfish, so I guess now she’s ovo/lacto/pescatarian 🙂