Being vegan, my parents and in-laws had lots of questions about whether I was giving the baby enough during pregnancy. And lots of people asked if I was "allowed" to be a vegan while pregnant. But when I assured them that the baby was growing at a normal rate, everything looked healthy, I felt great and that my midwives were very supportive of it, they let it go. But I think the real proof was a seven and a half pound baby at birth who is now a roly poly, healthy, happy, little love!
Almost everyone I know doubted whether it was healthy to be vegan during pregnancy. It wasn't difficult to deal with the questions or people giving me a hard time because it wasn't anything new. The most difficult thing was trying to ignore the ones who were trying to use my craving for cheese to get me to cave. One co-worker/friend even brought in whole blocks of cheese to snack on at work just to get to me. I didn't let any of it bother me though. It really wasn't any different to me than dealing with it before I was pregnant.
I think most people knew not to give me a hard time about being vegan during my pregnancy. I was fit, joyful, and visibly thriving. Both Prenatal Yoga and my whole-foods vegan diet made significant contributions to my happiness during my pregnancy.
My husband’s mother had friends who expressed their concern about my being vegan and she stood by me, declaring her trust in my choices. Even today (our vegan daughter is six), she quells her naysaying friends by telling them that Olivia is the healthiest person she knows (never had an antibiotic or an earache) and eats more vegetables and healthy foods than most anyone. It’s a gift to have a mother-in-law who is so supportive of our vegan lifestyle.
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