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Hi, everyone! I'm new here, but not to being a vegetarian. I have been semi-meatless (occasionally still have chicken-maybe once a month) for a few years now. I'm married and have two children (ages 10 and 7). We live in Georgia, just south of Atl.
I was not a vegetarian when I was pregnant with either of my children. Well, I just found out I'm pregnant again!!! I'm just wondering if there's anything I should do differently now that I'm eating for 2. Is it honestly okay to abstain from meat when preggo?
I was at the grocery the other day and I was looking at the frozen pizzas. I picked up the DiGournio spinach, mushroom and garlic pizza (YUM!) and put it in the cart. Then, all of of sudden I'm practically drooling over the supreme pizza, being fully loaded with sausage and pepperoni! Ugh! But I seriously wanted it. I didn't buy it, but man-that was weird! Could the baby want meat!? Lol
I did not eat meat while pregnant and had no issues. I did make sure i was getting enough protein and ate cottage cheese and greek yogurt, which are really high in protein. Egg whites are as well as tofu and beans. I have heard from a lot of women that they crave meat in pregnancy. I never did, but I had not eaten meat at that point for over 15 years.
Congrats on your pregnancy and welcome to the board!
I don't know why I wonder about eating veg. while p/g, I certainly do very well physically, normally! I workout 4-5 days a week and have plenty of energy, and homeschool our children every day. This is just new to me!
The only thing I've noticed, in the last week and a half or so, is that when I go to exercise, I feel SO physically tired! Like the weight of my arms raised above my head is WAY heavier than normal, and knee-lifts are near impossible! I am not sleepy or fatigued, just quickly, physically weakened. I've upped my water but I think I'll up my protein too. Beans are easy and so is tofu.
well, if you are in your first trimester, fatigue is normal, or at the end. basically pregnancy makes you fatigued I found greek yogurt and cottage cheese and egg whites were the easiest and healthiest way to get in some protein.