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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!

Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide

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.

The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book

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.


Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven

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:

If you’ve already been through a vegan pregnancy, which books and websites would you recommend to expectant mothers?

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  • Wail says:

    Excercizing during pnagrency is great. It makes having babies significantly less painful and makes it easier to bounce back from baby weight.When I was pregnant with my son I walked three miles every day (1.5 in the morning and 1.5 at night), and then alternated days of 60 minutes of pilates [special pnagrency pilates videos are available in stores and online for a fairly reasonable price] and 90 minutes of cardio/light weight training [think using a can of soup as a weight, nothing really hard] from when I found out until about a week before I had him. I also bought an excersize ball [I think it was about $ 20 or $ 30] and sat on it any time I would have normally sat on the couch-excersize balls strengthen back muscles and lightly work ab muscles just by sitting on them so if I was having an especially busy/bad day I would just do that instead of my workout regimen.Working out during my pnagrency was such a good idea for me! My labor was at worst uncomfortable (I played connect the dots until it was time to push), I only gained 23 pounds during my pnagrency, and it only took me three weeks to lose my baby weight and an EXTRA five pounds!Before you start any serious excerize you should always ask your doctor about risks because of your particular medical situation/background, but generally it is always a good idea to do as much as you can and have fun while you’re doing it!Good luck and enjoy!

  • noona says:

    There are no antibiotics or hormones present in “non-organic” meat. “non-organic” meat is actually safer than “organic.” I use quotations because there is no such thing as organic, (at least what you think organic is) and if you buy organic products you are being duped. Not only that but organic isn’t really environmentally friendly. Take your pick. Also, if you are concerned about e.coli… because there are greater incidences in (organic) vegetables than in “non-organic” meat….oh, and if you are breast feeding your baby, guess whats in your milk? oxytocin….which is a hormone…which does absolutely nothing to your baby. Neither would your imaginary “hormones” in meat. but don’t take my word for it and look it up. don’t google it either. look for peer reviewed studies. I say this only if you truly care about the health of your kid. happy pregnancy.

  • Jessica says:

    what should i feed my 6 month baby?

  • Annaliese says:

    I’m not expecting, and I’m not a vegan (yet…) but I think that it is so awesome that these resources exist for the growing vegan population! I’m thinking about making two big transitions right now, one to becoming a full fledged vegan, and the other to motherhood, and knowing that there are books out there that will help me through a time that could easily become one of the most nerve-racking gives me huge peace of mind. Thanks PETA! This is why I love this site.

  • Sarah says:

    Actually, Katie, like Ashley said, zinc and iron are found in leafy greens, nuts, legumes, etc. and in FACT are a better source of these nutrients than meat because they comes straight from the plants, whereas animals get ALL of their nutrients from the food they eat, or should be eating in nature (grass, not low protein corn). But in captivity, they’re fed awful diets, and their protein and other nutrient content decreases. Plus if you eat non-organic beef, chances are you’ll get a whole array of weird antibiotics and hormones and the side effects that come from poorly treated meat, like the potential for e. coli. Babies like veggies and their nutrients!

  • Melissa says:

    Despite the scare tactics of some of the commentators thus far, I’m really glad that PETA put out this article. People always try to tell vegans that they’re doing something wrong to their own bodies and that of their children when they raise them vegan, so clearly the same things will come up when it comes to pregnancy. It’s great to see that there are good resources out there for vegan-moms-to-be.

  • Ashley-P says:

    Katie: Zinc and Iron are found in a variety of vegan foods, including leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

  • chander kumar soni says:

    nice one.

  • Katie says:

    Don’t forget the fact that if an expectant mother does not get enough zinc and iron (best found in BEEF) their children will suffer from birth defects like cleft palate, requiring many surgeries and life-long disfiguration.

  • Traysea says:

    I’ve read all three of these books and I’d have to say that “The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book” is by far the most informative and useful out of the 3.

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