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Herbivore Nation – Pregnancy March 26, 2008

Alright Fertile Myrtle, now that you’re officially knocked up, there’s one item of business that takes precedence: eating like yours and your baby’s life depend on it!  This does not mean inhaling everything on the food chain.  Simply put, pregnancy is a time when it is vital to maintain a healthy diet for your safety and the safety of your developing fetus.  Although your doctor, family, co-workers, friends, and perfect strangers will all have differing opinions regarding the best approach to maintaining a healthy diet, ultimately you are the “decider”… sorry, just had to put that one in there.  One diet that is naturally high in the vitamins and minerals you and your baby need, is the Vegan Diet. Yes, Vegan. Nope. No meat.  None.  Okay, I know it’s a little unconventional, but trust me, you can get the whole kit-n-kaboodle with a Vegan diet.    I’ve outlined some suggested foods and intake guidelines to help you along.  No matter what stage of pregnancy or type of diet you have (herbivore, omnivore, carnivore), you can benefit from just implementing a few of the choices.  Even if you prefer to throw an animal or two in there, you’ll still come out on top because you’ll be full of the natural, organic, plant-based good stuff.  Alright already, somebody yank me off my soapbox!  Here are the goods…

Breakfast Options

  •  1/2 cup of oatmeal w/ maple syrup/dried fruit or apples and cinnamon
  • Whole grain cereal w/ soy milk
  • Fruit smoothies (limit to twice a week due to high sugar content)
  • Slice of whole wheat toast w/ fruit spread
  • Whole wheat bagel & banana
Lunch Options
  • Veggie sandwich on whole grain bread w/ avocado, lettuce, tomato, & onions
  • Veggie burger on whole wheat w/ mustard & ketchup (throw some veggies on for extra nutrients)
  • Baked potato w/ broccoli & tofu sour cream (non-dairy)
  • Falafel sandwich w/ humus or tahini
  • Split-pea soup
  • Steamed collard greens
Dinner Options
  • Whole wheat pasta w/ marinara sauce
  • Stir-fried tofu w/ mixed veggies & brown rice
  • Spinach lasagna
  • Vegetable stew
  • Sweet potatoes
Snack Options
  • Popcorn w/ nutritional yeast
  • Dried fruits
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Trail Mix
  • Whole grain crackers w/ organic peanut butter
A few things to consider during pregnancy…
Weight Gain – Your physician will certainly be concerned about your weight especially AFTER you tell him/her that you’re maintaining a Vegan/Vegetarian diet.  It is a legitimate concern, the weight you gain during pregnancy impacts your baby’s size & health at birth.  However, with a variety of fruit, vegetables and legumes on your side (or rather, in your tummy), you will gain weight moderately and proportionately. 
Calcium – If you’re not drinking milk, how are you going to get calcium???  As if the only source of calcium is cow’s milk! NAWT!  Superior calcium sources include blackstrap molasses, broccoli, collard greens, almonds, soybeans, calcium-fortified orange juice & soy milk. So there!
Iron – Anemia is prevalent in pregnancies across the U.S., not just vegans’ or vegetarians’.  Although iron supplements are highly suggested, vegan pregos should add iron-rich foods to their diet: whole grains, dried beans, green leafy vegetables and tofu. 
Protein – Oh yeah!  Now this is the Big Kahuna! If you don’t eat meat, how are you going to get protein??? Here’s how: lentils (soup), tofu, soy milk, & bagels.
Folate – Vegan diets tend to be high in folate, but just for added measure: enriched bread, pasta, cold cereal, dried beans, green leafy vegetables, & orange juice.
These are all just suggestions.  During pregnancy, as we all know, especially in the first 3 months, if you can keep it down, eat it!  There’s no set rule (except of course drinking or smoking).  Be creative with your food choices, as much as you can and enjoy every minute of your pregnancy.  With all this in mind, remember that the only start your baby gets is the one you give him! So try to make it a healthy one. 

2 Responses to “Herbivore Nation – Pregnancy”

  1. 🙂

    Good read! Thank you!

  2. Madelyn Says:

    Just a couple of additions:

    Cauliflower is another great source of protein.

    Using an iron skillet really helps with iron.

    Mangoes have a lot of folic acid.

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