Vegan pregnancy

viveresano

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Hi guys, I'm new here..
Anyway this morning I went to the hospital because my girlfriend is pregnant and I want to have a diet to be sure she is assuming all nutrients for her and the baby. We are vegan. The specialist terrorized us saying that she must assume dairy milk and cheese for calcium. We told her we get calcium from almonds, spinach, etc and the doctor answered our body can't assimilate that calcium. Unbelievable, isn't it? I'm confused..don't know what to say..
 

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Hello!

Congratulations!

I've heard and read stories of children being vegan from birth so I highly doubt what you have been told is true, in the UK we have the NHS and I've found this page on their website which may be of some interest :) Click this

And if for whatever reason you can't view that link I've attached a lot of text to my post below...

Vegan diets for children

If you’re breastfeeding and you’re on a vegan diet, it’s important that you take a vitamin D supplement. You may also need extra vitamin B12.

Take care when giving children a vegan diet. Young children need a good variety of foods to provide the energy and vitamins they need for growth.

A vegan diet can be bulky and high in fibre. This can mean that children get full up before they’ve taken in enough calories. Because of this, they may need extra supplements. Ask a dietitian or doctor for advice before introducing your child to solids.

Energy
Young children need lots of energy to grow and develop. Give vegan children high-calorie foods, such as hummus, bananas and smooth nut and seed butters (such as tahini and cashew or peanut butter). They still need starchy foods. However, don't give only wholegrain and wholemeal versions to children under five years old because they're high in fibre. For extra energy, you could add vegetable oils or vegan fat spreads to foods.

Protein
Pulses and food made from pulses are a good source of protein for vegan children. Nut and seed butters also contain protein. Always use smooth versions for babies and children under five years old. Breastfeeding until your child is two or more, or giving them soya-based formula milk if they are vegan, will help ensure they get enough protein.

Ask your GP for advice before using soya-based formula.

Calcium
Fortified soya drinks often have added calcium. Some foods are also fortified with calcium, so check the label.

Vitamin B12
Fortified breakfast cereals and some yeast extracts contain vitamin B12. Your child may also need a supplement.

Omega-3 fatty acids
Some omega-3 fatty acids are found in certain vegetable oils, such as linseed, flaxseed, walnut and rapeseed oils. However, these are chemically different from the long chain omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish. Evidence suggests that these short-chain fatty acids may not offer the same protection against heart disease as those found in oily fish.

Also a link for a group of people that have been vegan since birth :)

I hope all this information is reassuring, maybe you should speak with another doctor? I think whoever you are speaking with are being biased.

Also, welcome to the forums ;)
 
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It isn't late, any new information is very welcome. Thank you very much