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Hello!<br><br>
I would just like to get some emotional support from any other pregnant veggies out there as well as some stories about how your pregnancies are going! I myself am a first time mom and am 9 weeks along right now and am very ecstatic. This is going to be a very interesting time in my life because not only am I going to have a baby but it is going to be completely veggie. ( I myself am ovo-vegitarian, I don't eat dairy) So far I haven't had any morning sickness ( I only get nauseated if I don't eat every couple of hours.) and I have only vomited once. Also I have only gained a pound, but I eat like a pig! I am wondering if this has anything to do with the way I eat and what I eat. I know this is very abnormal when compared to omni moms-to-be, can you guys share your stories with me and tell me if this is normal. I don't want the doctor to yell at me because I am not gaining enough weight. I am very adamant about researching what i should be taking in, and the proteins and nutrients that I am getting. I am also takin whole food supplements. Please share your stories!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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hello aeonmoon and congratulations!<br><br><br><br>
i'm not pregnant but i do have a 17-month old son.<br><br>
we are both vegans and it is very exciting to know that we veggies are growing in numbers and soon we shall take over the world!! **insert mad scientist laugh here**<br><br><br><br>
i wouldn't worry about gaining weight in the first trimester - many mommies-to-be actually lose weight with the nausea experienced. i always thought the term "morning sickness" was amusing as i was normally queasy in the evenings.<br><br><br><br>
i gained about 25 pounds by the end of my pregnancy and i had a very healthy baby (6 pounds 15 ounces, 22 inches long). some people were disturbed that i wasn't eating animals during my pregnancy. these were usually the same people who saw nothing unhealthy about only eating french fries during their own pregnancies.<br><br><br><br>
i think that it's excellent that you're reseaching the nutrients and proteins that a pregnant woman requires. i found it easy to reach them. i also have an outline of the reccomended daily intake for vegans that i can pm you if interested. it's different for veg*ns because our needs are different from omnis.<br><br><br><br>
during and shortly after the birth of my son i was in the care of midwives. are there any in your area? i found the care received by them was incredible. your appointments are longer (45-60 minutes each) and they generally have more insight into the veg*n lifestyle. also, a friend and i had similar labours (we couldn't birth on our backs) and she (under a doctor's care) had a c-section and i had a natural delivery using a birthing chair.
 

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I'm not pregnant yet but my area of research is pregnancy, a topic that I love.<br><br>
I totally agree with Raine's suggestion of midwives. They are usually amazing women who really care about your pregnancy whole experience not just the medical aspects of it. You may also want to read up on doulas too.
 

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hi, congrats on your pregnancy!<br><br><br><br>
I am not pregnant currently but I do have a daughter so I was at one time, 3 long years ago. Pregnancy can be a time of so much concern and worry especially over nutrition for yourself and the unborn baby. My advice is to not worry so much. It sounds like you are health concious and will do a good job with getting all the necassary nutrients. You really probably shouldn't worry about gaining in the first month.<br><br>
Even omnis have trouble with getting enough nutrients...my sister is currently pregnant, (2 wks to go) and her doctor told her that she wasn't getting adequete protein. She is a big meat eater! Of course after that doctor visit she went home and ate a steak for protein....how creative.<br><br>
Anyway, If you eat healthy and a wide variety of things (and make sure to get your omega 3's) I don't think you have much to worry about. Just to let you know, I had a healthy 10 pound baby and I'm a vegan (I was vegetarian at the time though).<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Thanks for all your stories they are of a big help and comfort to me. I have read that a woman's caloric intake only goes up about 300 calories. Is there a paticular amount of calories I should be taking in or should I just continue eating as I have been? I eat something at least every two hours and normally it is fruits and vegetables or a peanut butter sandwich (on top of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.) Lots of doctors and nurses have tod me that it is quality not quanity. What were your daily menus like? Oh, and what did you eat for protein? I read on labels and there seems to be protein in everything; does the protein in things like cereal count towards my 60 grams a day? Tnk you!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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300 Calorie Snacks - taken from Simply Vegan<br><br><br><br>
2 apple raisin spice muffins<br><br>
1/2 cup soymilk<br><br><br><br>
1 serving hummus spread<br><br>
1 slice whole wheat bread<br><br><br><br>
1 cup soy yogurt with<br><br>
2 tbs nuts & dried fruit<br><br><br><br>
1 bagel with<br><br>
1 tbs almond butter<br><br><br><br>
3 ginger cookies<br><br>
1 cup soymilk<br><br><br><br>
The caloric intake only needs to go up after the first 12 weeks.<br><br><br><br>
I strongly recommend you try and get a copy of this book. It was a huge source of info and comfort for me during my pregnancy.<br><br><br><br>
A doula is a woman, very experienced with births. She comes to your home or hospital during delivery and her sole job is to provide EMOTIONAL support and well as back rubs! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Well, she does other things too but that the just of it. They don't come cheap, but are worth every penny - or so i've heard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> . i didn't have one and although my husband is a sweet luv, there were times during my labour when he was in the kitchen chattin' it up with family members. At one point during hard labour he was having a conversation with the midwife. So i bit him. HARD. :O
 

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Aeonmoon, I am not currently pregnant, nor was I Veg*n for my pregnancy nor the first 4 1/2 years of my child's life. However, I had a very difficult pregnancy, and I can help you if you have any questions regarding thing that are worrying you. I was 35 when I got pregnant, and I developed pre-eclampsia (runs in my family) in the first 5 months of pregnancy. I carried to term, but it was hell. I gained 100 lbs and was sick for most of the pregnancy.<br><br><br><br>
I also had every single non-serious symptoms and problems that you can have. Several that weren't even listed in the books (WTEWYAP). On issue wasn't even on the internet....I was lucky that my OB knew what it was.<br><br><br><br>
As an older pregnant woman with a high risk pregnancy, I was very absolutely commited to being in a hospital, which was lucky because I ended up in 30 hours of induced labor with a C-Section.<br><br><br><br>
My best advise to you is to not believe everything that you are taught about "natural" birth. I did, and it was a real problem for me.<br><br><br><br>
If you have any symptoms of which you aren't sure, be sure to post. I can't give you any advise about weight gain, the pre-eclampsia put that part out of my control! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Thanks for the replies, and the snack ideas<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Now I have even more questions, I think I'll start a new thread on this one. but if you guys can tell me about natural birth, what it is and what to let the doctor do and not do, that would be a great help. How did your guys' labor go?
 

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i just found out i'm a few weeks along! this will be our first baby and we are overjoyed!!! (i still can't believe I'm pregnant!) the morningsickness has been tolerable so far though it's starting to get worse a little i think the last few days..anyone have any tips to help? i've been eating every couple of hours as well. maybe there's some foods i could eat to make me feel better? (popscicles have been a mainstay though and i am trying eating lots of fruits and veggies,grains,protein,etc) it's hard though as i have to force myself to eat these days! luckily i'm not craving to much junky stuff so far,my very first craving was cheese popcorn though! yuck! go figure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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well, i'm pregnant and due in november and my youngest will be 1 on 7/4...she is a vegetarian and i am part-time, but i am seeking more knowledge so that we can all become strictly vegan AND get the proper nutrition a the same time...<br><br><br><br>
i do dig the snack ideas and i did have a very complicated pregnancy with my youngest - sort of like equipor's - but this pregnancy has been easier with my dietary changes...
 

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Well I have heard that ginger is supposed to be really good, and once I drank some ginger ale and that made me feel a heck of a lot better! Also watch out for those supplements that the doctor gives you, their crap! You only take one a day and they are only 20% absorbable. We got some whole foods supplements which are supplements made out of compressed foods. Their absorbtion rate is 90%. The ones I buy are made by new chapter, they are a bit expensive, but I didn't like the other ones. I also switched to a liquid iron supplement as opposed to the ferrous sulfate tablets they were giving me... they made me constipated!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> That really threw my system out of whack. Oh yeah and a good book to check out on vegan diet and nutrition is called "Becoming Vegan" excellent book. A lot of people recommended it to me when I was first finding out information, and it helped a lot. It even had a whole section on vegan pregnancy and raising a vegan child! I think that becoming a veggie was the best thing I ever could have done for myself and my pregnancy is coming along really well! How have your guys' doctors reacted to the fact that you guys are veg*n?
 

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I loved being pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I gained 37 pounds and unfortunately had to be on bed rest for2 1/2months(she just couldn't wait to see me.) My doctor was fine with my ovo-lacto(no milk just cheese) diet. I found some great vegetarian pregnancy books online and at barnes & noble. Good luck and please email me personally with any questions.
 

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i'm 4 weeks along and due March 3, I've been taking the wild oat's brand prenatal multi vitamins (vegetarian) since before I conceived--do you think that's a good one? (i don't see my midwife for another 2 weeks) how does one know if your absorbing it? (I'm not constipated at all as I've been having at least 2 BM a day) i have been eating 6 small meals a day plus snacks and happy to report i'm feeling great now (no more morning sickness!) i have been really concentrating on protein latley as one of my prenatal books says you should be getting 70+ grams of protein a day! (I don't think I've ever come close, so i've been having a smoothie +protein powder almost daily)but anyways I think I need more calcium as well..any ideas? (I won't drink plain soy milk btw)
 

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Calcium<br><br>
Soyfoods<br><br>
Cultured soy yogurt, fortified, 1/2 c (125 mL) 367<br><br>
Soybeans, cooked, 1/2 c (125 mL) 88<br><br>
Soybeans, dry roasted, (soy nuts), 1/4 c (60 mL) 60<br><br>
Soybeans, green, 1/2 c (125 mL) 130<br><br>
Soymilk, fortified, 1/2 c (125 mL) 100-159<br><br>
Tofu, firm, calcium-set, 1/2 c (126 g) 120-430<br><br>
Tempeh, 1/2 c (83 g) 92<br><br>
Legumes (cooked, 1/2 c/125 mL)<br><br>
Black beans 46<br><br>
Chickpeas, garbanzo beans 40<br><br>
Great northern or navy beans 60-64<br><br>
Pinto beans 41<br><br>
Vegetarian baked beans 64<br><br>
Nuts, seeds and their butters<br><br>
Almonds, 1/4 c (60 mL) 88<br><br>
Almond butter, 2 tbsp (30 mL) 86<br><br>
Sesame tahini, 2 tbsp (30 mL) 128<br><br>
Breads, cereals, and grains<br><br>
Cereal, ready-to-eat, fortified, 1 oz (28 g) 55-315<br><br>
Fruits<br><br>
Figs, dried, 5 137<br><br>
Orange, 1 large 74<br><br>
Orange juice, fortified, 1/2 c (125 mL) 150<br><br>
Vegetables (cooked, 1 c/250 mL)<br><br>
Bok choy (Chinese cabbage, pak choi) 167-188<br><br>
Broccoli 79<br><br>
Collard greens 239<br><br>
Kale 99<br><br>
Kale, Scotch 181<br><br>
Mustard greens 109<br><br>
Okra 107<br><br>
Turnip greens 208<br><br>
Other foods mg<br><br>
Blackstrap molasses, 1 tbsp (15 mL) 172
 
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