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#1 Old 10-19-2017, 05:59 PM
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New vegan + new pregnancy

Hi! I transitioned to vegan on the 21st of September, it was pretty sudden after a few failed attempts until I finally made the ethical connection for myself and immediately stopped consuming all animal products.

Fast forward to today, my period was late which I wasn't too concerned about because I had only just switched birth control two months ago and figured my body was still adjusting. I took a test anyway and it was pretty damn clear, though I still haven't had it confirmed by my doctor so it could still be a false positive.

ANYWAY.

My first instinct was to literally run and buy pregnancy vitamins just in case, which I then found out contain fish oil (I still took them :/ which made me feel like a failure).

I guess my question is that because I have only been vegan for such a short time (1 month to be exact) is it safe for my "assumed" fetus to continue? I've just recently finished my last exams and so I have a lot more time on my hands to do meal prepping to make sure I get everything I need, but this is certainly one area that I haven't done ANY research and my brain is a little all over the place right now.

Overall I do eat very healthy (except the last three days where I gave in to a rather unusual and almost uncontrollable desire to eat a packet of ginger nut biscuits for lunch).

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#2 Old 10-20-2017, 03:09 AM
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Hi! I transitioned to vegan on the 21st of September, it was pretty sudden after a few failed attempts until I finally made the ethical connection for myself and immediately stopped consuming all animal products.

Fast forward to today, my period was late which I wasn't too concerned about because I had only just switched birth control two months ago and figured my body was still adjusting. I took a test anyway and it was pretty damn clear, though I still haven't had it confirmed by my doctor so it could still be a false positive.

ANYWAY.

My first instinct was to literally run and buy pregnancy vitamins just in case, which I then found out contain fish oil (I still took them :/ which made me feel like a failure).

I guess my question is that because I have only been vegan for such a short time (1 month to be exact) is it safe for my "assumed" fetus to continue? I've just recently finished my last exams and so I have a lot more time on my hands to do meal prepping to make sure I get everything I need, but this is certainly one area that I haven't done ANY research and my brain is a little all over the place right now.

Overall I do eat very healthy (except the last three days where I gave in to a rather unusual and almost uncontrollable desire to eat a packet of ginger nut biscuits for lunch).

halp

Hi Louna,

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the world's largest association of Registered Dietitians), properly-planned vegan diets are safe/healthy for all stages of life, including pregnancy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27886704

A reputable book about vegan pregnancy is The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book : https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Ve...pregnancy+book , The author, Dr. Reed Mangels (female), is the nutrition advisor for the Vegetarian Resource Group: http://www.vrg.org/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_Mangels

You might also find it useful to make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian who specializes in prenatal nutrition and in vegetarian/vegan nutrition.

In the United States, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website: http://www.eatright.org . Just click on the "Find an Expert" button, located in the upper-right-hand portion of the webpage.

In the U.K., you can find a local Registered Dietitian on the Freelance Dietitians website: http://www.freelancedietitians.org/

In New Zealand, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through the Dietitians New Zealand website: http://dietitians.org.nz/find-a-dietitian/

In Australia, you can find a local Accredited Practising Dietitian through the Dietitians Association of Australia: https://daa.asn.au/find-an-apd/

In Canada, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at the Dietitians of Canada website: http://www.dietitians.ca/Find-a-Dietitian.aspx .

In the Nederlands, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at http://www.nvdietist.nl/ .

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Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
- United Nations' World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/topics/diet/en/

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#3 Old 10-20-2017, 05:46 AM
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Hi! I transitioned to vegan on the 21st of September, it was pretty sudden after a few failed attempts until I finally made the ethical connection for myself and immediately stopped consuming all animal products.

Fast forward to today, my period was late which I wasn't too concerned about because I had only just switched birth control two months ago and figured my body was still adjusting. I took a test anyway and it was pretty damn clear, though I still haven't had it confirmed by my doctor so it could still be a false positive.

ANYWAY.

My first instinct was to literally run and buy pregnancy vitamins just in case, which I then found out contain fish oil (I still took them :/ which made me feel like a failure).

I guess my question is that because I have only been vegan for such a short time (1 month to be exact) is it safe for my "assumed" fetus to continue? I've just recently finished my last exams and so I have a lot more time on my hands to do meal prepping to make sure I get everything I need, but this is certainly one area that I haven't done ANY research and my brain is a little all over the place right now.

Overall I do eat very healthy (except the last three days where I gave in to a rather unusual and almost uncontrollable desire to eat a packet of ginger nut biscuits for lunch).

halp

The Vegetarian Resource Group has also published this article about vegan nutrition during pregnancy:

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/veganpregnancy.php
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Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
- United Nations' World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/topics/diet/en/
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#4 Old 10-20-2017, 01:27 PM
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Good advice in the above posts, I second that. Do your research and when someone questions what you are doing you will have all the answers.

And congratulations! (TBC).
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#5 Old 10-20-2017, 01:29 PM
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You can also check this

http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/preginfchil

They use a lot of good sources and are well respected.
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