Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting

When your birth doesn’t go to plan…

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting | 3 comments

Me and Misha

It has taken me almost eight months to write this. But the other day as I was driving, I realized that the trauma that marked my beautiful son’s birth is still far too raw. And so on my first mother’s day, I feel compelled to tell our story. 

I had the perfect pregnancy. I thought I would have the perfect natural birth as well. There was really no reason I shouldn’t have: apart from my “advanced maternal age,” I was fit and healthy. And I was doing everything I could to prepare myself for it: regular exercise, perineal massage, kegels, and towards the end I was taking my evening primrose oil and drinking my raspberry leaf tea. Ken and I took an awesome childbirth class that provided us with an arsenal of methods for natural pain relief. I had my birth ball, massage equipment, yoga mat and music ready to go, along with my very elaborate birth plan that specified that I wanted a water birth with no pain relief… I was so idealistic, so naive. I had such a romanticized notion of what my son’s birth should be like. In the end, it was everything I hoped it would not be.  

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Everything I needed to know about staying fit during pregnancy…

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting | 0 comments

Everything I needed to know about staying fit during pregnancy…

I’m no fitness goddess by any means, but I love a good workout. There is nothing that makes me feel more powerful than the feeling of sweat dripping down my back, knowing that I pushed my body to its limit and that I was strong enough to do it. It’s at once my release and a source of energy. It helps me face life and all of its stressors and obstacles head on. So of course, while I was pregnant I had no intention of giving any of that up! However, in the early months of my pregnancy I read a lot of different guidance about fitness and exercise.

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Everything I needed to know about nutrition to have a healthy vegan pregnancy…

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting | 0 comments

Everything I needed to know about nutrition to have a healthy vegan pregnancy…

A couple of years ago at my annual gynecological check up, my midwife asked if I was intending to have a child. I answered eventually.  Then she told me that when I became pregnant that I should include at least eggs and fish in my diet; she said that she was concerned that I would be lacking too many essential nutrients if I remained vegan. I told her that I was convinced I could have a healthy pregnancy as a vegan and that is what I intended to do. And I started looking for a new ob/gyn practice! 

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So this happened….

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting | 1 comment

So this happened….

My little cutie decided to make an early appearance. Isn’t he gorgeous?

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My big fat vegan pregnancy…

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting | 0 comments

My big fat vegan pregnancy…

This time a year ago my partner Ken and I started discussing seriously whether or not we were finally going to take the plunge and start trying to have a child. We had been together through ups and downs for about 18 years at that point. It seemed like if we were ever going to do it, this was the time. 

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