By Tania Lombrozo | August 24, 2015
When I was pregnant with my first child, friends and family inevitably asked about my diet.
“Are you sticking to vegan food?” they wondered, with variable admiration or anxiety.
For some, the curiosity was about cravings. One mother told me she was irresistibly (and unexpectedly) drawn to hot dogs her third trimester; another confessed her sudden fascination with red meat. Surely, I’d crave things beyond the vegan sections ofWhole Foods? (I didn’t. Mostly.)
But for others, the curiosity was tinged with worry — a worry about safety. Was a vegan diet good for me? Was a vegan diet good for the baby?
My (Berkeley) OB-GYN didn’t bat an eye, and the nutrition and pregnancy books I’d read supported common sense: Having a nutritious diet matters (whether or not you’re pregnant), but that can come in many forms. There are more and less healthful ways to be vegan, just as there are more and less healthful ways to eat a diet that includes meat or fish.
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