Vegan Pregnancy, Infancy, and Childhood

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Any resources for vegan pregnancy, infancy, and childhood?

I feel our family has a healthy and complete diet (in no small part thanks to you!) but do you have any specific recommendations or guidelines for those who would like to follow a vegan diet through pregnancy, infancy and childhood? Is the most important thing (apart from healthy, whole foods) kid-friendly B12 and DHA, and probably D?

hcdr / Originally posted below American vegans placing babies at risk

Answer:

There are two great new resources for those who want to raise their families on plant-based diets: one by Reed Mangels and one by Jack Norris and Ginny Messina. Ask for them at your local library.

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  1. I adopted a vegan diet about 8 months ago for my holistic cancer-slaying journey. I am not planning to be pregnant again, but I do have young children. Some of my children opted to follow my eating plan and others, including my husband, opted to continue with the meat and potatoes diet. I did so much research and found this website to be most helpful when asking questions, especially where young children and teens are concerned. http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/veganpregnancy.php

    There are plenty of FaceBook groups that will welcome and assist you as well.

    1. Judi: Best of luck with your cancer-slaying journey. (I like how you put that!) It’s hard when you know something is healthy and not all of your loved ones follow suit. But you will be a role model for all of them. I agree that VRG is a great resource for learning about how to feed kids in a healthy way.

      Thanks for your post. I think parents of young children really need this kind of advice. Good luck!

  2. I currently am about 3 months pregnant and have recently started eating a more plant based diet. I do eat some animal products once in a while but not on a regular basis. How do I make sure I am getting enough b12? I take a prenatal vitamin with 2.5mcg of b12 but am wondering if i should also take a b12 supplement. If so, how much? I am concerned about getting too much b12 as I do not want to harm my baby. I will also ask my doctor but am not sure if he will know which is why I am asking on this website. Thanks!

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