Vegan Pregnancy Products I Love!

This is the time that I pimp a bunch of great vegan products that I have used during my pregnancy. I am not being sponsored by any of these products or companies (at least not yet anyways…hit me up!). These are just things that I have found helpful that I think other women might find helpful too!

Natural Stretch Oil (Earth Mother Angel Baby):
This is a light oil that you rub on your belly and breasts to help prevent stretch marks. Again, as I wrote about in my stretch marks post, there are no guarantees that any product out there will ensure you don’t get stretch marks. What I will say about this product is I have been using it my whole pregnancy and if nothing else it makes me feel like I am doing something proactive. It is also a great moisturizer and will relieve the itchy feeling you get from your skin stretching as your belly and breasts grow.

Hemp Pro 50 Protein Powder:
Let me start this off by saying I am not a fan of flavored protein powders. I know people love to drink “chocolate” and “vanilla” flavored protein shakes but I can’t deal with them. The over powering sweet fake flavor gives me the creeps. That is why I love this hemp protein powder because it is flavorless. I can simply add it to my smoothies and forget it is even there. It is plant based, raw and has omega 3 and 6.

Stainless Steel Drinking Straws:
These are not necessarily a vegan product but they are not a non-vegan product ether. I originally ordered them for an arts and crafts project I was doing with my boyfriend but I ended up using them all the time. It is so important to stay hydrated when you are pregnant and I found drinking through straws really helped me take in more water with every sip. Plus, it makes it easier to drink from a glass when you have aches and pains and are laying on the couch.

Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap:
I have always used bronner’s in the shower as a body-wash because it is vegan and cruelty free. I recently started also using it as a household cleaner. Once I got pregnant I stopped using my regular cleaning products because they contain chemicals that are not pregnant lady safe. Some bronner’s and water in a spray bottle is a great all purpose cleaner. You can also mix a paste out of bronner’s, water and baking soda to use as a soft scrub for bathtubs and sinks.

Vegan Mango Lassi Smoothie

As I have written about before, I love smoothies. I have one everyday for breakfast. This morning my wonderful boyfriend surprised me with a vegan mango lassi smoothie.
Vegan mango lassi smoothie
               Vegan mango lassi smoothie

Here is the recipe that he created:

• 2 cups frozen mango
• 1/2 cup vegan yogurt (soy or coconut)
• 4 mint leafs
• 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
• A bit of lemon zest
• Enough water to cover the mixture

Note: If you are just drinking this is a fun treat you can leave it here. I add hemp protein powder and flax oil to all of my smoothies. You can also add spinach (which will not change the flavor but will change the color) to add some extra iron. 

Recipe by: Jesse Injustice, BlastBeets.com

Where do you get your iron?

As vegans we are used to people always asking us, “where do you get your protein?”. When you get pregnant you get a fun new question to answer which is, “where do you get your iron?”. There is a myth that most vegans
are iron deficient (at least that is what my doctor told me). This puzzles me because most of the vegans I hang with eat tons of leafy greens and legumes, which are both great sources of iron. The fact of the matter is however, once you become pregnant your iron needs do go way up. You have twice as much blood in your body so you need extra iron to make more hemoglobin. Iron is also extremely important in growing your baby and placenta. Pregnant women usually need 27 milligrams of iron per day.
Fresh spinach for morning smoothies
Fresh spinach for morning smoothies

Here is a list of vegan items and their iron content*:

  • 1 cup iron-fortified ready-to-eat cereal: 24 mg
  • 1 cup fortified instant oatmeal: 10 mg
  • 1 cup edamame (boiled soybeans): 8.8 mg
  • 1 cup cooked lentils: 6.6 mg
  • 1 cup cooked kidney beans: 5.2 mg
  • 1 cup chickpeas: 4.8 mg
  • 1 cup lima beans: 4.5 mg
  • 1 ounce roasted pumpkin seeds: 4.2 mg
  • 1 cup cooked black or pinto beans: 3.6 mg
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses: 3.5 mg
  • 1/2 cup raw firm tofu: 3.4 mg
  • 1/2 cup boiled spinach: 3.2 mg
  • 1 cup prune juice: 3.0 mg
  • 1 slice whole wheat or enriched white bread: 0.9 mg
  • 1/4 cup raisins: 0.75 mg

As you can see from the chart there are lots of great plant based ways to get your iron. One great idea that a friend shared with me this weekend was adding a hand full of spinach to your smoothies in the morning. It may turn your smoothies green (which I find fun) but you can’t even taste it. I also keep hummus on hand at all times for snacks. Plus! who doesn’t love rice and beans for dinner. These are just a few things I do but make sure to talk to your doctor about what is right for you. They might recommend a supplement just to be sure you are hitting that 27 milligrams mark.

*Chart found on babycenter.com

Smoothies Smoothies Smoothies

I love smoothies! Ever since I have been pregnant I can’t seem to get enough of them. They are fun, filling and easy to drink on my drive to work. Plus, they are a great way to mainline vitamins and nutrients! Every morning I whip one up with hemp protein powder, flax oil, soy yogurt, assorted frozen fruits and some walnuts for good measure. This is an easy way to make sure I am getting my protein, probiotics and omga-3s all in one.
A couple of my latest finds with my favorite reusable bag
A couple of my latest finds with my favorite
reusable bag

I was going to my local health food store every morning and buying a smoothie but they started to add up at almost 6 bucks a pop. So I decided it was time to get a blender to call my own. However, at this point in my life I was not ready to invest in a Vitamix(370$ plus!). So I picked up the Oster BLSTPB-WBL My Blend 250-Watt Blender on amazon for under 30 bucks. It is a great little blender that makes your smoothies right in your to go cup. It really is a neat little machine.

You can find frozen fruit anywhere but the my favorites so far have been the Berry Medley and the Organic Tropical Fruit Blend from Trader Joes. I also really like the AÇAÍ Smoothie Pack from Safeway.

Here are a couple recipes to get you started:

A couple of my latest finds with my favorite 

reusable bag

The Every Day

• 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
• 1 squirt of flax oil
• 3 tablespoons soy yogurt
• 1 1/2 cups frozen fruit
• A few walnuts
• Enough water to cover the mixture

The Sunday Special

• 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
• 1 squirt of flax oil
• A few walnuts
• 1 Banana
• 1 table spoon peanut butter
• Enough chocolate coconut milk to cover the mixture