So you are vegan and how great is that!! And now....oh ...you are pregnant??!! :O
Or PREGNANT!!? :D
Whether it was planned or it was a surprise there are a lot of things to freak out about but one thing that you don't have to freak out about is being a VEGAN :)
Yes, you can totally do it and yes you can do it easily!! You have to have common sense, if you don't have common sense then get some and then get a little more BEFORE the baby arrives ;)
Pick a good multivitamin, some people say they don't work but you know what? A good quality brand can't hurt you and I feel like they help you cover your bases especially in the first trimester when you may not be able to keep a lot down. I used New Chapter - Perfect Prenatal and I felt like they worked for me.
Watch your Iron. Again, this is something that every pregnant women needs to be aware of and your doctor or midwife will be on top of it. Eat iron rich foods!! I had steal cut oats with fruit and hemp hearts on it every morning . Here are more examples!
Take Vegan DHA - sourced from Algae. I found this made me feel better and it's very good for your growing baby's development
Ok well this isn't really advice , it's actually just a statement. Being a vegan with a bun in the oven is good for many reasons. One thing that I find people will say is that it is "hard". That may be true in some cases depending on where you live and your lifestyle. Sometimes things that people consider "hard" just take a little adjustment time and you will find that with at little effort you get used to it. It is important to avoid processed foods as much as possible. You do need to prep food, cook and plan ahead. However, when you do this you are eating less processed meals, you know exactly what is going into your food and you are preparing for life with a child which some would say is "hard" ( in the best possible way ) . Teaching your child to spend time preparing food and to have them see you do that as well is a wonderful thing. Your child will grow up with that same respect for food and where it comes from and have great memories as well . I have found that my little boy ( who is 5 now ) loves to help me prep and cook and never complains about his vegetables - he loves them.
Eat lots of veggies, Eat lots of fruit. When you eat bread and pasta go for whole grain always. Drink lots of water. Eat organic and local whenever possible!
Don't listen to advise ;) Seriously, people will drive you bonkers with all of their comments and suggestions about what you should and shouldn't do. Don't do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. If someone tells you you "should" do something, spend time researching it from real sources. Trust your instinct and make your decisions with love for your baby and what feels right to you. Happy Baby Growing!!! xoxo