It's been a long time since I've posted...blame the hormones! The good news is that I survived pregnancy and have a healthy, (mostly) happy baby girl. Since the last post on vegan pregnancy, I ended up switching brands on all my supplements, ventured into the world of maternity clothes and dealt with the lack of vegan food options during a hospital stay (didn't get to have the natural birth I wanted due to baby's positioning).
I switched to Rainbow Light Prenatal One Multivitamin after realizing I was having a reaction to the chamomile in the Deva brand prenatal. I really like the Rainbow Light multivitamin and am still taking now, since I'm breastfeeding. It's coated, so it's easier to swallow than other similarly large pills. I also like that it's a food-based vitamin. Doesn't have a weird taste either.
For the DHA, I currently take Ovega-3, which is actually is an EPA and DHA combination supplement. Reason for the switch? It's more economical to take one Ovega-3 rather than two of the DHA pills I was taking before.
Also, I have been taking alfalfa tablets since the third trimester. It was highly recommend by the group of midwives I was seeing to reduce postpartum bleeding. I also read somewhere (sorry, no link) that it fortifies breastmilk, so I'm continuing to take it. Only the tablets are vegan. I was unable to find alfalfa in vegetable-based capsules. You should be cautious when taking alfalfa tablets as a vegan though! It's basically like taking fiber pills.....you get the idea.
As for maternity clothes, it's not hard to find vegan items. The only non-vegan item I encountered was wool coats, and there are probably some wool maternity sweaters out there too. I never bought a maternity coat because one coat I already owned miraculously fit all the way through pregnancy, and I even wore it to the hospital on baby's birth day. If you don't mind the "puffy" down-alternative style coats, they can work well in pregnancy if they are short enough and have elastic to adjust the size. All my long coats didn't fit around my bump, but I occasionally wore them unbuttoned (weather permitting).
Surprisingly, some of my favorite clothes weren't maternity clothes. Jersey knit shirts easily stretch over a growing baby bump and snap back into shape in the wash. As for actual maternity shirts, those with ruching on the sides will fit throughout pregnancy depending on the brand and shirt material. Yoga pants are probably your best friend in pregnancy, but if you need to look presentable, I recommend wearing full panel jeans or pants late in pregnancy or skirts with a wide, soft, stretchy waistband. In the first half of pregnancy, the hair tie trick does wonders.
If you want to be more environmentally friendly in purchasing maternity clothes or want to save money, then buying secondhand is worth considering. I even found used maternity clothes online (at thredUP), but I didn't like everything I bought. Some clothes didn't fit right, and some items didn't look as good on me as I was hoping, so definitely use caution if going the online route. That being said, I did really like a few of the items I bought, including a black dress and a gray hoodie.
If you're lucky, you might have a secondhand store nearby that sells maternity or have a friend/family member that wears the same size who will let you borrow their maternity clothes. For anyone in the Lawrence, KS area, Doodlebugs is a great option. It's a babies/kids store, but they also sell some maternity clothes.
Feel free to leave me your vegan pregnancy questions, and I'll try my best to answer them!
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