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Hi. I am Laura (20) and DH is Gabriel (21). We are planning to start TTC in October and as a vegetarian, I am a little anxious about being pregnant and making sure I'm getting all the nutrients that a developing LO needs. Plus, DH and I haven't quite come to an agreement yet regarding how to raise our future LO's. He's not vegetarian and I made the decision to be when I was in high school. I don't want to force it upon my children, but I would like to teach them a healthy way of eating.
welcome! i had no issues while pregnant. I was, however, vegan when pregnant and started to eat dairy because with my food adversions, i was not eating enough, imo. I added cottage cheese and greek yogurt for protein. Otherwise, I took a vegan prenatal and a vegan DHA supplement.
As far as your LO, i am in that situation. I fought with DH over it, he is not veg, i have been veg FOREVER almost. We decided to raise her veg, but now that she is 2 years old, she starts to ask for what is on daddy's plate and we just tell her it is yucky. Before DD was born, DH said he would stop eating meat when she started food. THat obviously did not happen.
Being veg while pregnant is no issue at all. My OB didn't even bat an eyelash when I told him I was veg. He just said we would keep a watch on my iron. With dd I ended up having to take an iron supplement in the third trimester. With ds I never needed one at all.
My husband also eats meat but he agreed to raise our kids veg as long as I give them a choice when they are older if they want to eat meat while out. I thought it was a good compromise. When dd points to something with meat in it I just tell her there is dead animal in it and she never wants it anyways.
I'm already trying to make a habit of taking vitamins every day to make sure I'm getting enough iron. Hopefully, since I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, there shouldn't be any issues. Plus, I've recently become virtually addicted to tempeh, so I should have no protein issues! I do have trouble gaining and maintaining weight, but I think that's a metabolism problem, not diet, as I've had that problem since before I chose to go veg. I'm just hoping it doesn't cause me to need any modifications to my diet, because meat makes me vomit.
my ob didn't care at all when i told him i was vegetarian...he just said we'll check your iron later on anyway and if there's a problem, we'll deal with it. when my iron test did come up, i had better levels than some of the meat eaters he deals with. just take your vitamins and keep eating healthy and you'll be fine.