Being vegetarian during pregnancy

My diet has always been a topic of conversation ever since I went vegetarian and especially when I decided to go vegan just before I became pregnant. Most people just find it interesting, others are intrigued about what I might actually eat in a day and some have literally no idea how one could possibly survive without any animal products. When you’re then adding pregnancy to the equation, people are generally worried that the baby won’t get everything she needs in order to be as healthy as she could possibly be.

But eating healthily comes in so many different shapes and forms. Even before I was pregnant I was always very conscious about the nutritional challenges of a vegan/vegetarian diet and that, unless done right, it could do a lot more harm than good. It’s for good reasons that some people who decide to go vegan without thinking too much of it, revert to eating as before just a few weeks later because they’re feeling horrible and deprived. Changing your diet quite drastically requires discipline and you have to learn how to make it work for you first. I have always been exercising quite a lot, had stressful jobs, have generally been very active and knew that I needed a diet that could accommodate for all that – and I will tell you how.  Continue reading “Being vegetarian during pregnancy”