Must-Reads for Vegan Moms-to-Be

Are you a vegan who wants to know what to expect when you’re expecting? If you’re wondering about nutrition and how the foods you eat will affect your unborn bundle of joy, the following books and resources have the information you’re seeking. Fortunately, maintaining a vegan diet throughout pregnancy is a terrific way to ensure that your child gets a healthy start. So grab one of these books, cozy up on the couch, and get ready to learn all about a vegan pregnancy!

Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide

If you’ve got questions, this informative and easy-to-read pocket guide has the answers. Author Sayward Rebhal’s conversational tone makes reading her book feel like a casual dialogue between you and an intimate girlfriend. She shares well-researched nutritional information, strategies for meal planning, and advice on how to handle questions from skeptical omnivores. If you like Rebhal’s Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide and want more from this no-nonsense author, check out her beautiful blog, Bonzai Aphrodite.

The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book

How much protein do I need? Which foods should I eat, and which should I avoid? How can I ensure a vegan-friendly hospital birth? These are just some of the questions that may be on the mind of an expectant vegan mom. With information on nutrition and exercise, 150 healthy recipes, and answers to all your burning questions, registered dietitian Reed Mangels will take you through every stage of pregnancy from conception to labor and delivery and beyond. This comprehensive resource guide is perfect for vegan moms- and dads-to-be.


Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven

If you loved the sassy straight talk that Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin dished out in Skinny Bitch, then this is the pregnancy book for you. The ladies tell you what to eat, why you should breastfeed, and which lotions you should avoid slathering on your body. Freedman and Barnouin delve into taboo topics such as the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy (e.g., farting) and how long you can expect to go without sex “post-push.” Bun in the Oven gives you the lowdown on a healthy vegan pregnancy—with a heaping side of tart-tongued humor.

Here are some other resources that you can check out:

If you’ve already been through a vegan pregnancy, which books and websites would you recommend to expectant mothers?

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  • Traysea commented on January 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve read all three of these books and I’d have to say that “The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book” is by far the most informative and useful out of the 3.

  • Katie commented on February 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Don’t forget the fact that if an expectant mother does not get enough zinc and iron (best found in BEEF) their children will suffer from birth defects like cleft palate, requiring many surgeries and life-long disfiguration.

  • chander kumar soni commented on February 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    nice one.

  • Ashley-P commented on February 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Katie: Zinc and Iron are found in a variety of vegan foods, including leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

    • Meghan commented on March 22, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Thank you for stating the obvious– it’s not that hard to get iron as a vegan! 🙂 Kind of curious what someone who is clearly terrified of veganism is doing trolling PETA’s website anyway…

  • Melissa commented on February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Despite the scare tactics of some of the commentators thus far, I’m really glad that PETA put out this article. People always try to tell vegans that they’re doing something wrong to their own bodies and that of their children when they raise them vegan, so clearly the same things will come up when it comes to pregnancy. It’s great to see that there are good resources out there for vegan-moms-to-be.

  • Sarah commented on February 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Actually, Katie, like Ashley said, zinc and iron are found in leafy greens, nuts, legumes, etc. and in FACT are a better source of these nutrients than meat because they comes straight from the plants, whereas animals get ALL of their nutrients from the food they eat, or should be eating in nature (grass, not low protein corn). But in captivity, they’re fed awful diets, and their protein and other nutrient content decreases. Plus if you eat non-organic beef, chances are you’ll get a whole array of weird antibiotics and hormones and the side effects that come from poorly treated meat, like the potential for e. coli. Babies like veggies and their nutrients!

  • Annaliese commented on March 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I’m not expecting, and I’m not a vegan (yet…) but I think that it is so awesome that these resources exist for the growing vegan population! I’m thinking about making two big transitions right now, one to becoming a full fledged vegan, and the other to motherhood, and knowing that there are books out there that will help me through a time that could easily become one of the most nerve-racking gives me huge peace of mind. Thanks PETA! This is why I love this site.

  • Jessica commented on March 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    what should i feed my 6 month baby?

  • noona commented on April 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    There are no antibiotics or hormones present in “non-organic” meat. “non-organic” meat is actually safer than “organic.” I use quotations because there is no such thing as organic, (at least what you think organic is) and if you buy organic products you are being duped. Not only that but organic isn’t really environmentally friendly. Take your pick. Also, if you are concerned about e.coli… because there are greater incidences in (organic) vegetables than in “non-organic” meat….oh, and if you are breast feeding your baby, guess whats in your milk? oxytocin….which is a hormone…which does absolutely nothing to your baby. Neither would your imaginary “hormones” in meat. but don’t take my word for it and look it up. don’t google it either. look for peer reviewed studies. I say this only if you truly care about the health of your kid. happy pregnancy.

  • Wail commented on November 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Excercizing during pnagrency is great. It makes having babies significantly less painful and makes it easier to bounce back from baby weight.When I was pregnant with my son I walked three miles every day (1.5 in the morning and 1.5 at night), and then alternated days of 60 minutes of pilates [special pnagrency pilates videos are available in stores and online for a fairly reasonable price] and 90 minutes of cardio/light weight training [think using a can of soup as a weight, nothing really hard] from when I found out until about a week before I had him. I also bought an excersize ball [I think it was about $ 20 or $ 30] and sat on it any time I would have normally sat on the couch-excersize balls strengthen back muscles and lightly work ab muscles just by sitting on them so if I was having an especially busy/bad day I would just do that instead of my workout regimen.Working out during my pnagrency was such a good idea for me! My labor was at worst uncomfortable (I played connect the dots until it was time to push), I only gained 23 pounds during my pnagrency, and it only took me three weeks to lose my baby weight and an EXTRA five pounds!Before you start any serious excerize you should always ask your doctor about risks because of your particular medical situation/background, but generally it is always a good idea to do as much as you can and have fun while you’re doing it!Good luck and enjoy!

  • David N. Lemuli commented on October 20, 2015 at 2:05 am

    so wonderful information. keep it up.

  • emma commented on March 9, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Hi there, I am a Vegan Mother of a baby boy was born just over 5 weeks ago. I want and am trying to raise him Vegan as much as possible, and to stay Vegan while breastfeeding. My baby has developed colic die to my diet. Colic is a lot of gas and has difficulty going #2. My diet consisted mainly of beans (lentils, black beans, garbanzo, white beans, soy beans etc. And also lots of broccoli & cauliflower) all of these foods give my baby gas and I now to switch my diet and perhaps need to eat meat so that he gets his proteins with-out all the pain and discomfort in his belly. Can you recommend anything else I can do? I live in Mexico, so it makes things to get that much more difficult. Thanks.. Vegan Mom In Mexico

  • JoAnn commented on July 17, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Your list should include two important classics as well:

    Pregnancy Children and The Vegan Diet by Dr. Michael Klaper and
    Compassionate Souls — Raising the Next Generation to Change the World