Fertility and Vegetarian Diets or Vegan Diets.
If you’re vegetarian or vegan planning to get pregnant, read on…
NOT because I’m going to try to talk you out of the diet. Heck no.
BUT there are some things you might want to know. So you can make sure your diet and lifestyle don’t get in the way of getting pregnant.
Traditional Fertility Foods
Traditional cultures often have “fertility foods”. They are highly prized foods given to new married couples to boost baby-making.
They are usually meat or milk, fish or shellfish. Animal products.
Weston Price – he studied traditional cultures and diet – found no communities living on ONLY plant foods for generations.
Plant foods miss some important nutrients. Or have them in lower amounts.
So you have to be more savvy with what you eat to stay fit and healthy. And baby-fit and healthy.
Fertility and Vegetarian Diets – Protein
It’s tougher to get complete proteins on a vegan diet.
Egg and sperm health need good quality protein in decent amounts.
Healthy vegans will eat a range of plant proteins like corn, soy, quinoa, leafy greens, spirulina and more.
If you choose soy, it’s best to eat it only in moderation when trying to get pregnant. The natural oestrogen’s ( phytoestrogens) in soya can affect your cycle. Make sure it’s not GMO soya. There are worries around GMO and impacts on fertility. Fermented organic soy products miso and natto can be good choices.
Fertility and Vegetarian Diets – Vitamin B12 and Other Good Stuff
Healthy vegans will also know that it’s tough to get Vitamin B12 on a plant diet. Many get more B12 in their diet from supplements. B12 is important to healthy development of a baby.
Some vegans lack the mineral iron, because its not easily absorbed from plants. Iron is good for egg and sperm health,
Certain Omega 3 fats may be lower in vegan diet. Try to get related fats from flaxseed and walnuts to help the body to make some of the missing ones.
Vegetarians eating eggs and high-quality, organic dairy are probably okay, as long they are eating a wide range of nutritious foods.
So my message ISN’T don’t be a vegan or vegetarian …
…it’s PLEASE take a careful look at your food and lifestyle choices. Make sure you are maxing health and fertility before trying for a baby.
Invest time and effort in your care for a better chance of natural conception and a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Love, Kathy x
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