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Diabetic Vegan Pregnancy

A few days ago I got an email from Flaming Vegan, asking why I haven’t posted lately.  There’s a big reason why I haven’t shared in a while- I just had my baby girl, December 10. 

It was a vegan pregnancy and all went well, really well.

Apart from being a vegan pregnancy, I am also a type 1 diabetic.  So let’s call it a diabetic vegan pregnancy

I have to say that health is the number one wealth.  It has only been ten days and I feel perfectly normal. Actually, I felt pretty normal the morning after Luna was born.  I woke up and was ready for a shower and to come back home.  I want to share my experience with you to convince yourself that it is doable.  Many people might tell you a vegan pregnancy is not healthy for you or your baby, but it is.  My baby is very healthy. Type 1 diabetics usually have a higher incidence of complications and of poor outcomes – not me!

I followed a healthy vegan diet throughout my pregnancy and my blood sugars were really well controlled most of the time. (I wish I could say all of the time, but pregnancy hormones make your blood sugars crazy at times). My baby girl was born naturally at 39 weeks, and weighed 6 Lbs 9 oz.  Most babies of diabetic women are born with higher-than-average weights (fetal macrosomia) due to poor blood sugar control and end up in c-sections.

This was not my case.  I ate healthy vegan meals and exercised almost every single day.  I put on twenty-five pounds and lost them by the third day. I am breastfeeding and feeling great.  Managing type 1 diabetes while pregnant is very difficult, but I really feel that a vegan diet helps. I always had energy throughout the day, so that kept me going.  I never had morning sickness either.  It was really a great time. 

So I wanted to encourage anyone who is vegan or diabetic (or both) to keep eating healthy. It really pays off.

Some examples of my meals are bean burritos, lentil soup, tomato sandwiches, black bean soup, miso soup, veggie stir frys, mushroom and onion burgers, Mediterranean dishes like hummus, baba ganoush, tabouili, vegan dolmas, tofu sandwiches, almond or peanut butter sandwiches, and many many nuts as snacks.

Many people worry about whether a vegan diet can provide all essential nutrients. But like any other diet, careful planning can easily fulfill nutritional needs.

Have you ever had a vegan pregnancy? Share your thoughts, tips, or favorite recipes here. 

 

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  1. Melissa Nott
    Melissa Nott
    Congratulations! I love the name. You make a vegan pregnancy sound very appealing. Thank you also for the example list of foods you ate. I think a lot of people will find that very helpful, pregnant or not.
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    1. Norma Plum
      Norma Plum
      Thanks Melissa! It really was a good pregnancy!
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  2. lorraine
    Voted and Congratulations. I've just become vegan and am hoping to have a baby in a year or so. Please can I ask how you plan to ensure your child has enough vitamin B12 growing up? Its something I've not been able to find much out about myself. Many thanks, Lorraine
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    1. Norma Plum
      Norma Plum
      Thanks Lorraine! As I always do, I go one step at a time, first became a healthy vegan myself, then made sure to have a healthy pregnancy (supplementing with B12, vegan Omega 3's, DHA, Calcium, prenatals), and now am breastfeeding (still taking supplements). I believe the first food for a vegan baby should ideally be breast milk. (to enhance their immune system, protect against infection, and reduce risk of allergies). For this, I make sure to be well nourished as I did during pregnancy. I try to make sure that what I eat will actually help her (ex. lentil soup with a little lime juice - vitamin C helps absorb Iron). I plan to breastfeed exclusively for Luna's first six months of life and then complement with nutritionally adequate foods; paying particular attention to iron, calcium, vitamin D and zinc intake, as well as getting enough vitamin B-12. I'm sure we'll do a lot better than moms who breastfeed and follow a SAD diet filled with fast/ junk food.
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  3. Erin Rohne
    Erin Rohne
    Congratulations on a healthy pregnancy and a beautiful baby! :)
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    1. Norma Plum
      Norma Plum
      Thanks Erin!
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  4. mayte
    Congratulations Norma!! May God Bless you and Luna always. Please keep us posted as she grows. I am sure she wil grow healthy and beautiful.
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    1. Norma Plum
      Norma Plum
      Thank you Mayte, I'm giving her all the love, care and best nutrition I can. :)
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  5. Karine Jaar
    Karine Jaar
    Voted Norma !!!! You can be sure that i'll do extactly like you did ;) Luna es una muneca ;). xoxo
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    1. Norma Plum
      Norma Plum
      Gracias Karine! XOXO
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  6. sydneycraig13
    sydneycraig13
    Oh my gosh, I'm so late to the ball-game here but I'm so glad I found this post! I am a new vegan and also a type 1 diabetic and I was just wondering how diabetes, a vegan diet, and pregnancy mesh! Thank you so much!
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    1. Norma Plum
      Norma Plum
      It's a great combo Sydney. My daughter is the healthiest baby and I am just starting to wean her, she is 26 months, yikes! I also have a friend with vegan triplets. :)
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