If you have been following along with us from day 1, you will know that I have been eating a vegan diet since July 2017. Throughout my whole life I haven’t been a super big fan of meat. I would eat it but I would go into spirts of hating it and then eating it again. Finally in July 2017, I gave up meat and dairy. I started to notice my body reacting to it. I’d have the worst stomach pains and cramps all too often. I knew that changing my diet would be the only way I would feel better and I was right! It worked like a charm and my stomach aches and pains went away.
Although I knew that a vegan diet was right for me, I never wanted to put the pressure on myself that I’d never ever eat meat or dairy again. I told myself that I would pay attention to my body and what my body wanted. From July 2017 to March 2019, my body didn’t want meat or dairy. I didn’t crave it, I was perfectly healthy and happy with the vegan diet. Plus, I felt great too!
In January 2019, I went to my OBGYN for an annual visit. Matt and I knew we wanted to start to try to have a baby but I wanted to make sure that my vegan diet was healthy for the baby and me. My doctor assured me that as long as I was taking my prenatal vitamins with the essential vitamins (folic acid, vitamin B12, iron and calcium) that I should have nothing to worry about. In February 2019, I found out that I was pregnant.
For the first 6 weeks of my pregnancy, I was perfectly content with my vegan diet. In fact, nothing fattening or “unhealthy” even sounded good.
That all changed on week 7!
I was actually in Arizona working on things for The Middle Edit when I had this uncontrollable craving for cheese…liquid cheese to be exact. Queso dip- I couldn’t get it out of my head! I didn’t want to deprive my body of what it was so loudly craving so I ate the cheese. During the first trimester, I felt terrible. Week 7 to week 14 was really rough and my cravings switched from wanting everything healthy to wanting nothing healthy. It felt like I had a hangover and needed all the greasy, cheesy food possible. That finally calmed down though after my first trimester.
Since week 7 of pregnancy, I’ve ate cheese/dairy of some sort every single day. My body was still craving dairy. I listened to my body, even though I know dairy doesn’t make me feel the greatest, I trust my body that it knows what it needs. Ranch dressing, yogurt drinks, parmesan cheese on pasta are my absolute favorite things right now!
Although I’m loving all the dairy right now, I am confident that after I give birth, I will no longer crave dairy and my body will go back to hating it. My body feels and looks its best when dairy (& meat) are eliminated from it. My body (internally) was in the best place it could be at the time I got pregnant. So far, I’m 26 weeks pregnant and I’ve gained 9 to 10 pounds. I give 100% credit to my vegan diet beforehand for this. It taught me how to eat a better, more balanced diet, in smaller portions. I’m excited to go back to my vegan diet afterwards and get my internal body back on track. But for now, I’m going to eat all the ranch dressing and parmesan cheese I can get while my body somewhat likes it!
I would love to hear if you were a vegetarian during pregnancy?