I'm 6 weeks pregnant and have been waiting and waiting for all of the "exhaustion" and "nausea" that is supposed to accompany early pregnancy... and I've got nothin'!
I really think it's because of my Vegan (mostly Superhero!) diet and lifestyle.
For instance, they say smells can cause nausea and I only use natural products (like cleaning only with baking soda and using vegetable-based detergent and no fabric softener). I'm wondering if that is helping to keep me feeling great?
Also, I know I'm getting amazing nutrition... perhaps that is helping with the "exhaustion" part???
Anybody else having a great pregnancy? Would love to hear from you! :)
hey there! i am not actually a vegan or vegetarian, but i eat minimal amounts of meat (only when i crave it, which isn't too often) and cook vegetarian meals 90% of the time for myself. i just had a baby last week and up to the birth, i had a great pregnancy. the doctor even said i was the picture of health, only gaining about 18 lbs total (baby was a few weeks early). throughout the pregnancy, i ate tons of fruits, veg, whole grains, dairy, and very little meat and coupled that with walking, light jogging, and prenatal yoga. even in the last trimester, there was still no heartburn, indigestion, etc., and i worked up to the day he was born. the labor itself only lasted 7 hrs total, from the time my water broke to the actual birth. the doctor couldn't believe my focus and how well i did it - it was completely natural - no drugs for me! she and i both swear i was able to handle the 9 months and the labor so well because of a great diet and excercise. a week later, and i still have had no need for post natal pain medicine and i am back running around with the baby. i have no doubt that with an awesome diet that you have already that you will do well too. just stay focused and positive and you'll be awesome. good
i would love if you kept a post going about being vegan while pregnant! my husband and i are thinking of trying soon for our first and wasnt sure how hard it would be to do vegan...what steps i should take to be sure the baby is getting everything that it needs. most of all i need to be able to convince my husbands carnivore family that its safe and healthy. (they believe that every meal should have meat in it and i will never convince them otherwise)
Laura, it's like you are writing about my life. I am in the same boat as you, my husband's family doesn't support our choice to go Vegan and treats us like we're insane and unhealthy. His whole family suffers from heart disease, diabetes and obesity so you would think they would support us wanting to be healthy. We are in the beginning stages of planning a family and are heavy into research, I know we will face challenges from others who think a Vegan preganacy is crazy but it helps if we can all support one another. I'm also excited when we do become pregnant to get advice from others who have successfully nativated pregnancy as Vegans.
hey vegan mommy to be! thats so cool. im not gonna have kids for a while, but its awesome that your feeling so awesome during your pregnancy. everyday i keep finding out stuff that totally proves veganism is the way to go!! everyone else, good luck!
I'm about 8 weeks... I had about a week of fatigue maybe around week 2 or 3, but other than that I feel pretty good! I have not gained any weight and have not had any weird cravings. I do have the occasional nausea, but it's usually on the bus home from work, and that always made me kind of nauseous, even pre-pregnancy! I have not actually gotten sick at all. Most of the time I feel great! I really just want to eat veggies all the time! Two of my friends, one vegetarian and one vegan said they had no morning sickness at all. I'm vegetarian, but eat vegan about 90% of the time.
Oh, the only thing is, if I overeat, I do feel really full and bloated, but it's made me really watch my portions, which also seems to be helping me not pack on the pounds!
i'm only 2 1/2 weeks along. i have a 10 year old as well and that was a pretty good non vegan pregnancy. other then a couple fainting spells (too long without food) i felt great!! no morning sickness or anything. labour was only 2 1/2 hours from water breaking to delivery (drug free) i'm really looking forward to this round. it's going to be hard with my greek in laws who eat a little different then i do.....but i'll just have to ride it out. i'm doing as much research as possible to make sure i'm getting all the nutrients i need. happy pregnancy time to you all!!