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Any vegetarians that ate meat once pregnant ?

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User1987654 Fri 18-Nov-16 22:50:03

I'm a vegetarian but thinking I should eat meat once pregnant. I'm taking pregnacare conception vitamins and will continue with the pregnancy vitamins once preggars. I need to have regular b12 injections and due to being a fussy eater, my diet isn't balanced enough. I worry about brain development etc and think I'd be better off eating meat during the pregnancy.

Did any other vegetarians feel the same way? I have been a meat eater in the past, so eating meat won't bother me.

mirokarikovo Fri 18-Nov-16 22:54:38

I stayed vegetarian throughout my pregnancy but I got a bottle of omega-3 oil and had a tablespoon every day either in a smoothy or as part of a salad dressing (mustn't be heated too hot so best not in hot food). Omega-3 oil doesn't have to be from fish - in fact the original research that showed it helps brain development used omega-3 from flax seed - it's just that fish have a more powerful marketing lobby than flax.

And yes my DS is very very brainy so I think it worked smile

Flumplet Fri 18-Nov-16 23:09:00

Craved meat absolutely loads but stayed vegetarian. Ate a truck load of Linda McCartney mozzarella burgers though - soooo meaty. Properly sorted out the craving.

Pinkgeek Fri 18-Nov-16 23:14:46

Phoebe didn't! (sorry, Friends fan here!) wink

mushroomsontoast Fri 18-Nov-16 23:15:30

Nope, and when they tested my iron levels she said it was the highest she'd seen in a long time! Though I put that down to feeling so nauseous all I could eat was cornflakes...

I took vegetarian omega-3 capsules too.

SuburbanRhonda Fri 18-Nov-16 23:17:46

No, I couldn't have stomached meat or fish while I was pregnant.

Didn't seem to affect the babies - one 10lb 3, the other 10lb 6!

itsbetterthanabox Fri 18-Nov-16 23:25:46

Why do you have injections? Are you already anaemic? Think sort that first through diet before pregnancy

flowers221 Fri 18-Nov-16 23:30:20

I'm a veggie and didn't eat meat at all during pregnancy, I had low iron but nothing abit of veg couldn't sort, I now have a very healthy ( chunky ) 9 and a half month old who weighed 8lb 3oz at birth, it's a personal decision but there are loads of meat substitutes available if you don't want to eat meat smile hope this helps!

Whatsername17 Fri 18-Nov-16 23:37:03

I'm vegetarian and haven't needed to eat eat in either of my pregnancies. I have taken pregnacare all of the way through but only because I didn't realise there was a vegetarian alternative.

Barefootcontessa84 Sat 19-Nov-16 07:53:44

Sorry to jump in to respond to pinkgeek! Phoebe ate meat during her pregnancy and made a deal with Joey that he would give it up for her! grin

GinIsIn Sat 19-Nov-16 07:56:11

I'm not a vegetarian and I've found I'm the opposite - I just can't face the idea of meat and fish at the moment. I thought it might be a first trimester thing but I'm 28 weeks now and it's not gone away!

drinkyourmilk Sat 19-Nov-16 10:59:35

fenella I'm the same! Was a staunch meat eater, and now it makes me gag. I've discovered so many amazing veggie meals- will continue to feature heavily once the baby is out.

sjj257 Sat 19-Nov-16 14:30:36

no although I was craving cheeseburgers at one point lol

User1987654 Sat 19-Nov-16 16:52:21

Ooh will need to look for the vegetarian omega 3 oils.
Itsbetterthanabox. Well last year I was feeling tired and thinking my iron was low but actually iron is fine. Apparently they should have gave me injections then for b12 but told me to take tablets. I had a test a few months ago for other things and b12 came up low again ( iron fine) and have been told I should stay on injections. I used to eat eggs all the time but due to stomach issues ( acid reflux)I have been feeling funny towards eggs ( could do with that) and also went through a period of not having multivitamins because of the A issue and forgetting to take pregnacare at my main meal. My thyriod is fine and so no real reason why I should be deficient other then cutting back eggs ( cows milk doesn't agree with me and we use veg marg) and having a period of not taking vitamins. Now back on vitamins. When they do a blood test next, my b12 might be okay again.

BikeRunSki Sat 19-Nov-16 17:01:36

First pg I ate a chicken breasted because I thought I ought too. Threw it up, and barely stopped throwing up for 18 weeks. I had hyperemisis and have pondered whether this was triggered by eating meat. Once I was able to eat again, I ate whatever I felt like, and this never included meat. Second pg I also had hyperemisis, and craved tuna in the later weeks, which I did eat.

AllPowerfulLizardPerson Sat 19-Nov-16 17:07:06

I know I several vegetarian mothers, and only one of them opted to eat meat during PG. AFAIK, all the DC are in normal health. So it's very much a personal choice.

Have you tried goat's milk? It's got a different structure and is reputed to be more digestible than cow. Might be worth a try, at least.

Marmite is high in B vitamins, and as think Floradix is OK for vegetarians and safe in PG and has useful ingredients.

Veterinari Sat 19-Nov-16 17:27:04

I think a poor omnivore diet is just as much of a problem as a poor vegetarian diet

User1987654 Sat 19-Nov-16 20:25:12

Thank you so much everyone. It's really put my mind at ease. I will stick to my vegetarian diet. smile

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