As I sit here typing I can feel my unborn son wriggling and kicking. It is an amazing feeling. I am 27 weeks pregnant. Just 13 weeks to go. Does that at least partly excuse my absence from the blog world recently? I thought that I would post about the my exciting news months ago but somehow the last few months have just flown by.
I don't usually post photos of myself but as this post is a special one I thought I could make an exception. This is me at 27 weeks pregnant at my cousin's wedding on the weekend. I am feeling good, healthy and excited and about becoming a mother.
Vegan and pregnancy go together very well I am finding.
Lots (actually most) of the foods on the banned-due-to-listeria-risk
list are non-vegan and I really have not changed my diet much at all.
Well, except I ate much less in weeks 7-14 and a little bit more since
So what changes have I made? I am taking iron and vitamin D supplements more regularly. I stopped taking Udo's oil
in first trimester (flaxseed has a small association with increased
rate of miscarriage). I started taking it again in second trimester to
make sure I am getting that bit extra omega. I changed from regular
Udo's Oil 3:6:9 to the one with the microalgae DHA
added. I have only been taking this about twice a week because
unfortunately I have had yucky reflux and although I don't mind the
taste of the Udo's oil on the way down I don't like it one bit when it
tries to come back up. (TMI?)
I must confess I have
not been 100% vegan during the pregnancy. I have
still eaten Vegetarian when out, particularly in situations where there
is no Vegan option. And I have had a few things with a little dairy in
them at home on a couple of occasions. But I would say I have been 99%
vegan and I am not going to feel guilty about the 1%. I think that for
me this journey to veganism is about being kind to the planet, animals
and myself, doing my best and not sweating the small stuff. I think
that right taking care of myself and the baby is more important than
being a fundamentalist of any stripe.
Some catch up posts on what I have been cooking and some vegan pregnancy book reviews to come.