MYF 17 | Vegan Diets for Fertility & Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
Welcome to Episode 17!
Are you currently eating a vegan diet while trying to conceive or while pregnant? Are you considering a vegan diet due to ethical, environmental, or health/fertility concerns? In this episode we discuss what you absolutely MUST know if you plan to start or stay on a vegan diet during preconception and pregnancy, including the NINE essential nutrients that you may be missing out on from food and what you can do to try to close these gaps. We also talk about some of the major reasons people choose veganism and why the ethical and environmental concerns are not as black and white as you might think.
We do talk a lot about KEY supplements in the episode and you can access our entire FREE course on How to Choose the Best Prenatal Supplements here!
Other resources we recommend:
Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols RDN, CDE
The China Study: A Formal Analysis and Response by Denise Minger
The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith
A Vegan Dietitian Reviews “What the Health” by Virginia Messina MPH, RD
5:00 Nutrients that are difficult to get or completely missing from a vegan diet
5:10 Preformed vitamin A (not beta-carotene)
8:15 Vitamin B12
18:15 Vitamin K2
42:45 How to try to close nutrient gaps on a vegan diet during preconception and pregnancy
53:00 Health reasons you may be considering a vegan diet – does the evidence support them?
53:40 Dr. Haylee’s personal and family story with veganism
57:20 Plant-based documentaries and some of issues with nutrition research
62:30 Problems with the popular book The China Study
64:30 Cholesterol and fat
66:45 Protein and carbohydrate intake
69:30 Digestion and the potential problems with a grain-based diet
71:00 Is going vegan truly the most ethical dietary choice?
79:45 Environmental concerns with meat production and why a vegan diet won’t save the earth
84:05 How to truly eat more ethically, sustainably, and healthfully