VEGAN PREGNANCY- VITAMINS & MINERALS


When it comes to any pregnancy it is super important to know that we are ALL different. Our bodies all need different vitamins and minerals to suit our diet and lifestyle choices.


I am a BIG believer in ALWAYS listening to your body and giving it what it needs daily. I have just been taking it one day at a time, but also each trimester at a time.

Adding in extra supplements here and there depending on how I feel and also my daily activity level, has definitely helped with my energy levels and just overall pregnancy.


Remember this is just what I take that is suited to my body and lifestyle. Always consult your doctor or midwife on what you should be taking and always get regular blood test throughout your pregnancy, to check on all your levels.



FIRST TRIMESTER:

First trimester was definitely all about REST AND FUEL. I was lucky and didn't experience any vomiting or morning sickness. I did how ever experience night time sickness/afternoon crash. I would feel very run down from 2-3pm and wouldn't be able to move off the bed or couch. I just focused on hydration and refuelling my body with water, coconut water and juices. Smoothies were a BIG NO GO for me. I felt sick at the sight of protein powder or any milky like drink.


GYM= 4-5 DAYS A WEEK WEIGHT LIFTING. NO CARDIO.


*I would take DAILY afternoon naps (20-40min naps).

*'Natal pregnancy multi vitamin' once per day (at night time as it would make me feel sick after taking it).

* Vitamin C every 2nd day 500-1000 mg.

* Vegan DHA x 2 tablets daily.

* B12 Spray each morning x2 sprays under my tongue.

* Probiotic first thing in the morning 30mins-1hr before my first meal and 500ml-1L of lemon water.

* I also got into my morning tonics to UP my greens and immune system.

My tonics usually consisted of:

-Ginger, lemon, celery, kale, silver beat, apple and turmeric (THINK GREEN, ANTI INFLAMMATORY & IMMUNE BOOSTING!!).

* Magnesium flakes 30mins before bed time.

* 'Blessed Vegan Protein' once per day (only in cooked food eg. pancakes, waffles).



This all may sound like a lot but I believe staying on top of all my vitamins and minerals really helped with my pregnancy nausea and energy. It still allowed me to get to the gym 4-5 days per week to lifts weights.


SECOND TRIMESTER:

Second trimester definitely gave me more energy. But I used the energy to get back into work and also prepare for our little mans arrival. Gym was put on the back burner and work became a priority for me.


GYM= 2-3 DAYS A WEEK WEIGHTS + OUTDOOR WALKS X2 TIMES A WEEK


*I would take naps now every second-third day (20-30min naps= midday).

*'Natal pregnancy multi vitamin' every second-third day.

* Vitamin C every 2nd day 500-1000 mg.

* Vegan DHA x 2 tablets daily .

* B12 Spray each morning x2 sprays under my tongue.

* Probiotic first thing in the morning 30mins-1hr before my first meal and 500ml-1L of lemon water.

*Lemon water DAILY and a tonic every now and then.

* Iron supplement every second day.

* Magnesium flakes 30mins before bed time.

* 'Blessed Vegan Protein' one-two times per day added in smoothies again.



THIRD TRIMESTER:

THIRD trimester and I am definitely feeling 'LARGE & IN CHARGE'. I started to experience 'Braxton Hicks' contractions and lower tail bone pain. So I started stretching and using my roller to loosen up any tight areas. I am experiencing a lot of growing pains and tightness so sleeping has been a lot more uncomfortable for me. I am very strict with my night time routine so that it ensures I get the best sleep possible for me and bub.


Gym once again was put on the back burner and work became a priority for me. I was all about getting prepped financially for our little mans arrival. I finished up working for my father in law and am now just working from home. I am now going to start incorporating massages, chiro and acupuncture fortnightly to help with any pain. Also going to start going to 'meditation classes' WEEKLY, to help with my breathing and also get my body into as much relaxation as possible before bub arrives.


GYM= 2-3 DAYS A WEEK WEIGHTS + OUTDOOR WALKS X2 TIMES A WEEK


*I take naps still every second-third day (20-30min naps).

*I take my 'Natal pregnancy multi vitamin' every second-third day.

* Vitamin C everyday 500-1000 mg.

* Vegan DHA x 2 tablets daily .

* B12 Spray each morning x2 sprays under my tongue.

* Probiotic first thing in the morning 30mins-1hr before my first meal and another at night time.

*more green smoothies then tonics and juices. So adding spinach, kale ect to my fruit or protein smoothie to boost my green intake.

* Iron supplement every day.

* Magnesium flakes 30mins before bed time.

* 'Blessed Vegan Protein' one-two times per day.









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