Just want to ask those of you who've have vegan pregnancies and have had to face criticism of your choice to pursue a vegan pregnancy... Would really love to hear you experience and your strength on this issue!
I am wondering the same. I'm not pregnant yet but i want to have a vegan pregnancy. My friends and family agree with me about me being vegan and even a vegan pregnancy because they know it's best for my body but nobody i know agrees with me raising my kid vegan. How do u deal with defiant family members who will probably feed my kid meat. I cant even keep people from feeding my dog and i have to deal with her throwing up all night
Hey Alexia, thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. It's wonderful you have support for a vegan pregnancy though it's surprising that opinions change once the kid is born? I don't know why. Sounds crappy what happens with your dog. I'd really like to know how to handle these situations too! I don't mind what people think about my own vegan lifestyle however i need to be ready to face the comments about shock horror a vegan pregnancy! :) thanks.
I haven't really had any comments about it. I've been asked by friends if I've had "meat cravings" but I can honestly say that I haven't. I take my prenatals and eat a whole foods based diet so I feel like I'm doing the best for myself and my baby. I say forget the naysayers. You know what is right for yourself and as long as you are getting the recommended nutrition you will be fine :)
Dealing with people's criticisms and comments can be annoying to say the least, but remember that you're doing the right thing for the animals, the environment, and your health & your baby's health-- and that's all that really matters. Don't apologize, feel guilty or embarrassed for a decision that is based on facts, integrity and compassion. People's non-supportive comments are generally based on inaccurate, outdated info and what the meat/dairy industries are spoon-feeding them. Here's a nice post I wrote on my website about being PROUD and CONFIDENT in your decision to raise a vegan child: http://www.raisingvegkids.com/3/post/2013/01/be-proud-and-confident-in-your-decision-to-raise-a-vegan-child.html
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I am struggling with the same issues. It's almost depressing but I am very thankful and gratetful my husband is 110% supportive in my diet and "real food" choices. I have been a "flirt" for years even through culinary school cooked mostly vegetarian. I didn't even know I preferred it until I drew attention to my good eats:) Anyways- my husband and I are trying to conceive and I been 95+% vegetarian, trying to stay vegan.. Eating around any of my family members is extremely difficult.
I wish I could surround myself with people who think more like meI too want to have a healthy vegan diet and get prego with out so much crap. I suppose I need to choose my battles and this one will be a tough one but I am trying.
I am currently 33 weeks pregnant and vegan, this is my 3rd child, but first vegan pregnancy. In the beginning, people kept asking me if I was going to eat eggs and cheese to "nourish" our baby. The only response that worked to back people off was to tell them that I tried to incorporate those foods back into my diet but that they were making me sick. Instead I told them that I am getting my protein, calcium and iron from plant-based foods and that I am craving greens! That was seriously the only thing that worked. Now that I am in my last trimester and doing great, everyone stopped caring about me being a vegan :)
For anyone in a similar position, I am posting amazing vegan recipes on my blog, http://stepsinstilettos.com and also have a section dedicated towards plant-based kids called Baby Steps! Feel free to subscribe for weekly updates! I know the more support I have in my plant-based pregnancy, the better I do!
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