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The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book: All you need to know for a healthy pregnancy that fits your lifestyle (Everything Series) Paperback – September 18, 2011
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There is some good information on how to deal with people who might have issue with you being vegan while pregnant. There are some great tips on how to respond to some of the comments you might get and what information you might want to share with people who are saying certain things. The end of the book even has some recipes, which could really be helpful if you're unsure of how to eat now that you're pregnant. I haven't made any of them, but I did look through them. All of the recipes look fairly simple and quick, which is a bonus when you're tired and you need to eat and don't really feel like making food.
I really can't recommend this book enough. If you're vegan or even just vegetarian, pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you should definitely pick this up.
However, if you are already vegan, then this book is obvious and redundant of everything you already know and practice daily.
Most of the book is about being vegan and what you should eat, pregnant or not. Then there are less than 80 pages on actually being pregnant, but not necessarily vegan and pregnant. The only reason I would recommend this book, would be for anyone who is vegan and pregnant, but getting judged by family and friends who don't understand that you and your baby could possibly be safe in your pregnancy. This book is for them to show them that being vegan is perfectly safe for everyone
As for nutritional information, this book has lots of great suggestions for getting each nutrient that is especially important for vegans during pregnancy (protein, iron, zinc, vitamin b12, folate, calcium, vitamin D, DHA, etc.). There is also lots of good information on staying healthy during pregnancy, including food safety specifically for vegans, food safety for vegans who live with non-vegans and tips on camping/hiking while pregnant.
There was also a lot of general pregnancy information, although it's not nearly as detailed as the week-by-week type pregnancy books. I would recommend getting at least one other pregnancy book in addition to this one if you want week-by-week information or extra information about all the different body changes during pregnancy.
The last 100 pages or so has recipes, but I haven't tried any of them yet. This is mostly because I often cook without recipes and when I do use recipes, I have a large collection of vegan cookbooks to choose from. The recipes seem about on-par with how healthy the food I normally prepare is (lots of variety of grains, beans, veggies, fruit). However, I tend to use less oil than some of these recipes call for (ex. the Pad Thai recipe that "serves 4" calls for 1/4 cup of oil to fry a pound of tofu...Read more ›
To begin with, it's a thick book, but the entire second half is recipes. (Isn't that what cookbooks are for?) The sections to do with veganism, and those to do with pregnancy are entirely separate. There's no blending of the topics to hit the concerns of a pregnant vegan. If you read a different book on each, you get the same information. The only additional information is a couple pages on how to handle social situations.
The only person this book could benefit is someone who is transitioning to veganism for the very first time while pregnant, which just sounds like the worst idea in the world to me! Don't get me wrong, I've been vegan over a decade, and love nothing more than people going vegan. But if you are pregnant, have no idea how to be vegan, and do not have the guidance of a seasoned vegan veteran or nutritionist, so must rely on a book for information, you are building a recipe for disaster!
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Very Good information for a seasoned Vegan. Others seemed to take offense to the vegan basics in the beginning but it's always good to have a refresherPublished 4 months ago by Bard Dawg
The recipes in the back are actually fabulous! I usually don't like recipes without pictures . . .Published 8 months ago by Alicia Hargrave
This is an awesome book for vegan moms to be! This has great advice and information on what you need nutritionally during pregnancy, plus easy and delicious recipes in the back of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rebecca
I got this when I was still vegan when I was pregnant with my first. A well written book but after studying nutrition I must warn any expecting mothers that it is very unhealthy to... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Victoria