Must-Reads for Vegan Moms-to-Be
Are you a vegan who wants to know what to expect when you’re expecting? If you’re wondering about nutrition and how the foods you eat will affect your unborn bundle of joy, the following books and resources have the information you’re seeking. Fortunately, maintaining a vegan diet throughout pregnancy is a terrific way to ensure that your child gets a healthy start. So grab one of these books, cozy up on the couch, and get ready to learn all about a vegan pregnancy!
If you’ve got questions, this informative and easy-to-read pocket guide has the answers. Author Sayward Rebhal’s conversational tone makes reading her book feel like a casual dialogue between you and an intimate girlfriend. She shares well-researched nutritional information, strategies for meal planning, and advice on how to handle questions from skeptical omnivores. If you like Rebhal’s Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide and want more from this no-nonsense author, check out her beautiful blog, Bonzai Aphrodite.
How much protein do I need? Which foods should I eat, and which should I avoid? How can I ensure a vegan-friendly hospital birth? These are just some of the questions that may be on the mind of an expectant vegan mom. With information on nutrition and exercise, 150 healthy recipes, and answers to all your burning questions, registered dietitian Reed Mangels will take you through every stage of pregnancy from conception to labor and delivery and beyond. This comprehensive resource guide is perfect for vegan moms- and dads-to-be.
If you loved the sassy straight talk that Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin dished out in Skinny Bitch, then this is the pregnancy book for you. The ladies tell you what to eat, why you should breastfeed, and which lotions you should avoid slathering on your body. Freedman and Barnouin delve into taboo topics such as the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy (e.g., farting) and how long you can expect to go without sex “post-push.” Bun in the Oven gives you the lowdown on a healthy vegan pregnancy—with a heaping side of tart-tongued humor.
Here are some other resources that you can check out:
- “Pregnancy and the Vegan Diet” by Reed Mangels
- Vegan Pregnancy (A collection of articles from VegFamily.com)
- “Vegetarian Diets for Pregnancy” from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
- “Super Foods for Vegetarian Pregnancy and Lactation” by Cathe Olson
If you’ve already been through a vegan pregnancy, which books and websites would you recommend to expectant mothers?