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hey there-<br><br><br><br>
my hubby and i just found out we're expecting...how did you all (those with kids) do when you were pregnant as a vegan? i am worried about my diet and getting enough calories and protein. i haven't been feeling very well latley either which hasn't helped, so i've been forcing myself to eat every two hours or so..
 

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Congratulations. I think you should keep doing what you're doing: eating small meals every couple of hours. For example have whole wheat toast, a banana and peanut butter.<br><br>
If you are nauseous, there are wrist bands that you can buy that hit certain pressure points. Sorry I'm not more help. I wanted to congratulate you more than anything.
 

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Congratulations! There are a few other threads around regarding vegan pregnancies (try the "search" option on the top of the page ). I had a very successful one ( my son was 8lbs, 14oz! ). He's now 3, and has never had an animal product so if I can be of any help, let me know!
 

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Hey Congratulations!!!!<br><br>
I am very excited for you...there are a number of books about vegan nutrition during pregnancy if you are concerned. I know that becoming vegan has a big secion on vegan pregnancy and I'm sure someone else will remember the names of the other book. You may want to visit <a href="http://www.vegfamily.com" target="_blank">www.vegfamily.com</a> as well-they have great ideas about vegan pregnancy and vegan children.<br><br>
Have fun!
 

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ACKKKK<br><br><br><br>
The vegans are reproducing!!<br><br><br><br>
RUN!!!!!!!!!!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I agree that eating small meals are best when your stomach is uneasy.<br><br><br><br>
I wouldn't worry too much about the calorie issue. Remember that your baby is the size of your baby finger nail right now (and probably even smaller then that!). You arent eating for two. You're eating for you and a mini-moon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Eat religiously well and I'm sure you'll do fine. (For actual numbers, I believe it's extra 100 calories for first 2-3 months, and 300-400 calories after that).<br><br><br><br>
Take your pre-natals, just in case. That way, if you're sick, you have that extra insurance.<br><br><br><br>
Also, adding more green vegetables to your diet will ensure getting enough folate and you'll end up getting more nutritents in the process.<br><br><br><br>
That is the extent of my pregnancy advice, as it's all I know from helping pregnant friends. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Look after yourself and treat your body well. I'm sure you'll have a cheery, healthy baby in a few months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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congratulations!!<br><br><br><br>
i don't have kids so i don't have much advice to give, other than just make sure you get enough B vitamins, folic acid and calcium, and don't overdose on beta carotene. if you take more than one supplement try to make sure they don't all have large amounts of beta carotene (lots of them do for some reason though i find it the easiest nutrient to get from food so i don't know why).<br><br>
go for calcium fortified orange juice, easiest way to get your folic acid and calcium all in one shot. make sure you get enough magnesium to absorb the calcium you take though or it's useless. magnesium is found in bananas i think.<br><br><br><br>
don't stress out about it too much, eating small meals often is the best way for anyone to eat, not just pregnant women, so keep it up. just eat when you're hungry and obey your cravings. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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As far as I know, you need not restrict yourself on beta-carotene but on vitamin A (retinol), which in high doses may cause birth defects.
 

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Congratulations!<br><br><br><br>
I have also read that too much vitamin C (somewhere between 5 and 10 time the DV) can cause a miscarriage. I would have the doc check all of your vitamin levels to see if there is any area you are lacking in.
 

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I found some information in an Indian book on vegetarianism:<br><br>
Advantages of Breast Feeding on the Baby and the Mother<br><br>
1.\tBiochemical and Digestive Advantages of Human Milk: As it is specific for babies.<br><br>
2.\tImmunological: Anti-infective locally and systemically<br><br>
3.\tPractical: Easy to feedanytimeanywhereself demand<br><br>
4.\tPsychological and emotional: Bonding between mother and child<br><br>
5.\tMaternal: Breast cancer incidence 1/5th in mothers who breast feed their baby<br><br>
6.\tContraceptive: At least for a period of 6 months of lactation<br><br>
7.\tEconomic: Enormous expense if breast milk is not available<br><br>
8.\tAntiallergic: Prevents entry of allergens and thus reduces allergic disorders in the baby<br><br>
9.\tObesity: Reduces chances of future obesity and its hazards<br><br>
10.\tBrain Development and Mental Functions: improved because special nutrients in human rnilk and emotional bonding with the mother.<br><br>
11.\tPrevention of Hypernatraemia (SIDS): Because of required amount of electrolytes like sodium and chlorides in human milk. High sodium and chloride in animal milks can produce hypernatraemia and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)<br><br>
12.\tCalcium Phosphorus Balance: Better absorption of calcium and phosphorus<br><br>
13.\tDevelopment: Breast fed infants are better because of constant contact with the mother.<br><br>
14.\tMorbidity and Mortality: The rate of disease and death is low in breastfed, babies and high in top milk fed babies.<br><br>
(Udani P.M., Text Book of Pediatrics with Special Reference to Problems of Child Health in Developing Countries 2 Volumes in Press 1989-90)<br><br><br><br>
Number of infants affected or showing positive test<br><br><br><br>
Parameter\tBreast- fed\tFormula- fed<br><br>
\tn=37\tn=37<br><br>
Eczema\t4\t21<br><br>
Recurrent wheezing\t1\t8<br><br>
Serum IgE 60 lU/ml\t6\t29<br><br>
IgE-antibodies to cow's milk\t1\t15<br><br>
Complement activation in vivo after milk challenge\t0\t6<br><br>
Haemagglutinating antibodies to beta-lactaglobulin\t3\t31<br><br>
Eosinophilia 400 per mm3\t0\t5<br><br><br><br>
(Chandra R.K., 1979 ACT-PED. Scand)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I hope it´s readable.
 

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i have 2 different types of prenatal vitamins and they both have 100% RDA of vitamin A...should I look for another brand or are these ok?
 

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Doses of vitamin A up to 10,000 IUs per day are considered to being safe. However, beta-carotene as a source of vitamin A has not been shown to be of concern at any dose!<br><br>
Look at the labelit it´s below 10,000 IUs for retinol of if it`s beta-carotene in the first place.
 

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the one's i'm currently taking have 100% vitamin A which is 8,000 IU's (38% from palmitate and 38% from beta carotine) the others i haven't tried yet but bought as they didn't have my usual brand though i was dissapointed that they didn't have the same type of iron (as ferous fermarate) like my current brand..anyways i was a little worried about the vitamin A as i've been eating a protein bar everyday and realized they too have 100% vitamin A in them as well so i guess i will be looking for another source of protein..i got some powder for smoothies though that might work..i am just having a really hard time eating so much protein!!! argh!
 

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Yes, that´s a problem nowadays, putting too many vitamins in customized foodstuffs to make them look healthy. You have to calculate, how much retinol you´re taking.
 
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