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Part II: “A Vegan Pregnancy is Selfish: You will kill your baby…”

This is the second part the series “A Vegan Pregnancy is Selfish: You will kill your baby.” I try to dispel the myths surrounding plant-based pregnancy diets and share the benefits of chia seeds as well as offering moral support for those who want to do not just vegan and vegetarian pregnancies but home births as well. I want to convey that vegan pregnancies will not ‘kill your baby’ when properly planned and under the right care provider.

I also talk about how chia seeds are excellent for hydration, labor, calcium, and other minerals, as well as Omega 3-6-9 that outshines flax seeds.

Here is what I’ve been eating during my pregnancy for optimal health!

Foods To Eat

  • Quinoa
  • . Chia SeedsThey are incredibly rich in calcium. You get 344mg of Calcium for 2 ounces. Always soak your chia seeds for at least ten minutes before eating them. I put them in my smoothies sometimes. 2 tbsp gives you 42% of required fiber for the day. And this is an excellent source for EFAs and has a 4:1 ration of omega 3:Omega 6. profile.
  • Tempeh
  • 1 Gallon of water a day
  • Coconut water if you feel water isn’t enough to hydrate you or replace electrolytes. Coconut water is the perfect isotonic beverage; especially to drink first thing in the morning if you wake up feeling dehydrated and also great to drink if you are working out or right after. However, it does take a lot to package and ship coconut water if you don’t have local access to it. So, you can use chia seed drink as a replacement to this if you don’t want to contribute to the energy and resources it takes to ship coconut water to your grocery store.
  • Greens, greens, greens: Kale, mustard greens, okra, collards, chard. Kale is my favorite I have heard spinach should be avoided but can’t verify this.
  • Legumes
  • Whole Grains
  • Wildwood Plain Soy Yogurt brand (only one in the USA that doesn’t add sugar and is organic)
  • I make most of my baked goods from whole grains and sweeten them with apple juice, banana, or fresh pineapple or fresh dates.
  • Walnuts are a very healthy nut with great oil. Almonds are great and so are sesame seeds (I eat them in the form of tahini)
  • Papaya (have heard to avoid during 1st trimester, but not sure why)

This list is not nearly as extensive as I would like it to be, as there are many foods to eat, but I’m just going to say it straight up: AVOID THE SHIT if you can. Junk food, highly processed crap that has NO nutritional value at all. I know it’s hard when you have those cravings and I admit that I still eat french fries in moderation, but it really is best to try to avoid eating refined flour, refined salt, processed refined sugar products. Your meals should be whole grainy, high protein, and very colorful. And I can’t emphasize enough, those greens! Kale is exceptional for calcium. Okra is exceptional for childbirth prep and is very amazing. Whole grains will keep you regular. I POOP 3 TIMES A DAY DURING PREGNANCY. They tell you constipation is ‘normal’, but it is not.

Hugs and baby blessings,

Breeze

I am not a doctor or practitioner of medicine. Please consult your doctor before attempting any of these suggestions. This is what worked for me, as each person is different.

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12 thoughts on “Part II: “A Vegan Pregnancy is Selfish: You will kill your baby…”

  1. Ceylon on said:

    Breeze Harper,
    Hello. I am sure your earrings are hand-made. Who created them? I would like a pair myself.
    Ceylon

      • Ceylon on said:

        Breeze Harper,
        Hello. I thank you for the response. Originally, I learned about your book through shelfari.com. I briefly read it at a Health Food Store. In addition, I have been checking on-line in regards to Healing Fibriods Naturally. Again, I reunited with your book and information on-line. I am not 100% Vegan, but I noticed a difference when I add more plant base foods. Do you have any suggestions to start to heal fibriods naturally? I have multiplied fibriods, one the size of a golf ball.
        I look forward to your response.
        Ceylon

    • @Ceylon. I used Queen Afua’s “Sacred Woman” book to shrink my fibroids. If you haven’t already, I talk about using her to ‘decolonize’ our wombs here: http://sistahvegan.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/queen-afuas-sacred-woman-and-decolonizing-the-womb/

      • Ceylon on said:

        Breeze,
        Hello. I thank you for forwarding the video in regards to Queen Afua’s book. I currently have it checked-out from the library. I am going to view the suggestive pages you mentioned within the video. Do you have a recipe for a Green Smoothie?
        In addition, I have natural hair, as result of economics for 2 years and 5 months. I maintained it through Flat -Ironing/Blow Drying/ Organic Olive Oil:Shampoo/Conditioner. I know I am long overdue for a trim. My hair has grown a lot without a relaxer. It is challenging to obtain Natural Hair Support. Do you have any suggestions? It has gotten to the point -Where I am not 100% happy with my hair.
        Thank you
        C

  2. Awesome! Thank you for sharing your journey with a vegan pregnancy. More sistahs need to see the variety in birthing. Have you also tried Moringa? Moringa is superfood from Africa it fights malnutrition and is awesome for pregnancy & while nursing for milk production. I had an unassisted pregancy & birth:
    http://supremewellness.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/sakinahs-birth-story/

  3. @Ceylon: There is a huge natural hair community online…check out Youtube for lots of great info and links to blogs (ie: curlynikki.com, kimmaytube, afrobella, just to name a few). I have been natural for 3 + years and they have helped me tremendously…

  4. Breeze, thank you so much for sharing your vegan pregnancy journey…you look absolutely gorgeous and its so comforting to see more information circulating that a plant-based diet is not just a “fad” but a wonderful, healthy lifestyle…especially for women of color. Best wishes for continued success and for the birth of a healthy, happy child…

  5. I just discovered your blog. Your research is amazing. I’ve been going back and reading older posts and I love it all.

    In terms of why to avoid papaya: I know that papaya is commonly used, especially the seeds if I remember correctly, to induce abortion. I imagine this is why it should be avoided early in the pregnancy. It can also be linked to cultural practices of referring to the vagina as a papaya, and beliefs that women don’t eat papaya.

  6. Pingback: ‘Vegan’ shaming pregnant women for being ‘irresponsible’ for eating a well planned vegan diet | The Sistah Vegan Project

  7. Hello Breeze, Thanks for all your information! Do you think it’s necessary for vegans to take a prenatal vitamin/ b12 & folic acid supplement throughout pregnancy?

    • I think it depends. If you’re getting all you need through a plant based diet, then most likely you don’t need to take supplements every day. I could never get everything I needed, through foods alone. And this was due to my lack of time and taking care of work, kids, etc, so I took a prenatal vitamin, however, I didn’t take mine 3 times a day, but maybe 1 or 2 of the 3 per day they suggested since I was doing a lot of raw greens, legumes, etc. It’s all dependent on your situation. In addition, I did take Floradix because I get anemic really easily during pregnancy… for other women, they don’t need it. I hope I’m making sense.

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