When I was pregnant I didn’t write too many posts about the fact that I was a vegan pregnant because I thought I was just another one and that the internet has enough information to women who decide to keep vegan during pregnancy (you can read my posts here). But I’ve noticed that many women don’t know if they should keep a vegan diet and sometimes they don’t get any support for it too and they think it’s not that easy to find good information about it also.
In the cookbook giveaway we’ve ran here a few weeks ago I asked what people would like to read in the new website and many answers were related to pregnancy and raising a vegan child so we decided to offer something more to my dear mom-to-be and already moms readers. We teamed up with PCRM to try to help people to be more certain about a safe vegan pregnancy and also if – and how – to raise a vegan child.
At PCRM’s website it’s possible to find a lot of useful information, including one very helpful chart and a menu plan. Here’s what they say about a vegetarian diet during pregnancy (and although they say vegetarian, everything they suggest is vegan):
“Pregnancy means eating for two. But it helps to remember that one of you is very small. So while you will need more nutrition, your overall diet will not be dramatically different from your normal eating pattern. Calorie needs increase only modestly during pregnancy. In the first trimester, no additional calories are needed at all. However, an extra 340 calories are needed per day in the second trimester, and an additional 452 calories are needed per day in the third trimester. All pregnant women need to choose their meals wisely. It is important to eat foods that are rich in nutrients, but not high in fat or sugar, or excessive in calories. A vegetarian diet, based on nutritious whole foods, is a healthful choice for any pregnant woman.” (Source: PCRM)
They also have information about the nutrients and the amount of them you will need during pregnancy. Check it here.
PCRM was also kind enough to put their team available to answer questions for our readers, so let us know what do you want to know about being vegan during pregnancy!