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#1 Old 12-18-2016, 11:16 AM
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Going vegan during pregnancy

Stopped eating meat about six weeks ago. Got pregnant around the same time. I thought I would have to worry about meat cravings, but that's definitely out of the question! MEAT IS SO STINKY NOW! The smell sensitivity that comes along with being pregnant combined with my lowered tolerance for meat smells has me constantly plugging my nose.

In fact, today my friend and I went out to get some shopping done. At the end of the day she showed me a scrap of paper with tally marks on it. She said she started keeping track of the number of times I said "P.U." (that's an expression some people say when they smell something bad). We were together for about two hours and there were eleven tallies. Eleven. Eleven times something had smelled so bad to me that I felt the need to say "P.U." IN TWO HOURS. Even though I wasn't exactly surprised, I was a little embarrassed and thought maybe I'm too dramatic/whiny. I'm sure a lot of it's the pregnancy, but do any former meat eaters find themselves surrounded my more bad odors than normal? Do you eventually get used to it again? Do you think I'm being rude/dramatic or do you guys do the same thing?

Thanks for your input.
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#2 Old 12-18-2016, 02:41 PM
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That's a strange thing for someone to do!
All smells bothered me a lot in the first trimester- I wasn't even full veg then

I avoid places where I'll find meat. I shop at Aldi where I can totally avoid it, and stay away from anywhere there's a fresh meat counter, or those awful rotisserie birds. I can't tolerate Whole Foods for that reason-fish is next to the vegan cheeses!

Are you on prenatal vitamins? I'm curious because I'm now discovering the difference in folate- the natural methyalted kind and the artificial

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Stopped eating meat about six weeks ago. Got pregnant around the same time. I thought I would have to worry about meat cravings, but that's definitely out of the question! MEAT IS SO STINKY NOW! The smell sensitivity that comes along with being pregnant combined with my lowered tolerance for meat smells has me constantly plugging my nose.

In fact, today my friend and I went out to get some shopping done. At the end of the day she showed me a scrap of paper with tally marks on it. She said she started keeping track of the number of times I said "P.U." (that's an expression some people say when they smell something bad). We were together for about two hours and there were eleven tallies. Eleven. Eleven times something had smelled so bad to me that I felt the need to say "P.U." IN TWO HOURS. Even though I wasn't exactly surprised, I was a little embarrassed and thought maybe I'm too dramatic/whiny. I'm sure a lot of it's the pregnancy, but do any former meat eaters find themselves surrounded my more bad odors than normal? Do you eventually get used to it again? Do you think I'm being rude/dramatic or do you guys do the same thing?

Thanks for your input.

Welcome to VeggieBoards! Thank you for sharing the wonderful news of your new child.

The Vegetarian Resource Group has a nicely-done webpage regarding vegetarian nutrition during pregnancy: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/veganpregnancy.php

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

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

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#4 Old 12-18-2016, 06:40 PM
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Stopped eating meat about six weeks ago. Got pregnant around the same time. I thought I would have to worry about meat cravings, but that's definitely out of the question! MEAT IS SO STINKY NOW! The smell sensitivity that comes along with being pregnant combined with my lowered tolerance for meat smells has me constantly plugging my nose.

In fact, today my friend and I went out to get some shopping done. At the end of the day she showed me a scrap of paper with tally marks on it. She said she started keeping track of the number of times I said "P.U." (that's an expression some people say when they smell something bad). We were together for about two hours and there were eleven tallies. Eleven. Eleven times something had smelled so bad to me that I felt the need to say "P.U." IN TWO HOURS. Even though I wasn't exactly surprised, I was a little embarrassed and thought maybe I'm too dramatic/whiny. I'm sure a lot of it's the pregnancy, but do any former meat eaters find themselves surrounded my more bad odors than normal? Do you eventually get used to it again? Do you think I'm being rude/dramatic or do you guys do the same thing?

Thanks for your input.


Hi Cathy, Congrats on the new little family member! Such a change coming in your life and we hope that it is all fabulous!

When I saw that you're put off by meat, just wanted to suggest that you talk to your doctor about whether you should be supplementing with B12 right away. I've just been doing a great deal of reading about it and finished lately a bit about how something like 62% of pregnant women are deficient in B12. Seeing as how it is critical to your babies development it's one of those totally necessary vitamins to not become deficient in. It's tied to your folate levels and such and has to do with brain and spinal cord development things in little kidlets. So talk to your doctor about it.

Anyway, good luck and nice to see you here.


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23356638

A review of eighteen studies shows the following breakdown of who is at risk for B12 deficiencies in the general population:

pregnant women 62%
children 25-86%
Adolescents 21-41%
Seniors 11-90%
Vegetarians/vegans 68-83%
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I was pregnant and vegan while working as a cook in a breakfast restaurant and it was stinky but no more than normal. The second time I was pregnant I had quit but the smell was just a regular amount of gross still. I mostly don't(and didn't) mind BBQ smells though. I think it's because there are good memories tied to that.

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#6 Old 05-09-2017, 01:57 PM
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Hello hello!
I was vegetarian (after being vegan for a long time) when I got pregnant 7 months ago and found the same as you! Since going vegetarian the smell of most animal products actually drove me back to veganism (which I know is doable while pregnant but not something I wanted). To compound things, hubby was a vego for decades but recently started eating meat again and it's not the meat that smells bad it is HIM. He always smells like old milk (coffee in the morning) and meat. DISGUSTING. Literally can't kiss him.

Congrats on your bub !
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