Looking to enjoy an animal-friendly pregnancy, birth, and beyond? Read on for some tips I picked up along the way…
First, a little about my experience: I decided to eat a vegan diet four and a half years ago and shortly thereafter began adapting the rest of my lifestyle to be cohesive with veganism. Why? For sake of brevity, I’d say in this order: 1) for animals, 2) for my health, 3) for the planet.
Before, I was a type of pescetarian for some years. I ate fish on a regular basis (I’ll admit, I was addicted to sashimi grade raw fish — blech!), scrambled eggs on special occasions, and I didn’t consume much dairy or cheese directly, but also didn’t notice or care if it happened to be hidden in foods (which is most of them, it turns out!). So for me, the switch to a vegan diet was a pretty much a matter of ordering vegetable sushi, scrambling tofu instead of egg, and checking labels for dairy and other hidden animal ingredients.
My oldest son had just turned one a few months prior to this lifestyle change. He was starting to eat food other than breast milk, and it ended up being plenty of time to get adjusted before my next pregnancy, which was fully vegan and perfectly healthy.
Both of my kids are vegan (M is five, J just turned 2) and so is my husband, so that makes things easy when it comes to dining out, stocking the pantry, cooking meals and so on.
Skip ahead to sections:
1). Vegan While Pregnant & Birthing
The Orange Drink
Candles Used During Labor
Artificial Induction & Pain Management
Consuming Your Placenta
- Mother’s Breast Milk
- Donor Breast Milk
- Plant-Based Formula
- Conventional Formula
- Homemade Formula
- Lanolin Nipple Cream
And coming soon in the next post…
3). Vegan While Raising Baby
- Baby Foods/Plant-Based BLW
- Baby Products
- OTC Medicines