Vegan Momma Monthly: Top Tips for Travel During Pregnancy
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Rather than give you a month-by-month guide to pregnancy like you can find in so many places, you will find general suggestions for a happy, healthy vegan pregnancy to the first few years as a new vegan momma. Our goal is to provide encouragement to keep you confident and secure in your role, and support you with a community of like-minded individuals. I hope you enjoy this newsletter!
In this issue...
*Introduction: Traveling While Pregnant And With Babies
*Superheroine Superfood: Walnuts Pack the Most Omega-3s of All Nuts
*Question: "Do I really have to give up all caffeine?"
*Recipe of the Month: I-Don't-Want-to-Cook-Tonight-Salad
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Traveling While Pregnant Or With Babies
Often just the idea of traveling during pregnancy can make anyone choose not to go anywhere when they're expecting. It doesn't have to be a stressful and uncomfortable experience because there are easy steps you can take to make it more enjoyable.
Check out my best tips for flying when you're pregnant, as well as a few pointers for traveling with a newborn baby.
Superheroine Food of the Month: Walnuts
One of the pregnancy superfoods you'll often see on lists of "the top foods to eat during pregnancy" is walnuts. They're known for their brain and cognitive-boosting powers, but they're also full of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. They even have some antioxidants in them that aren't known to exist anywhere else in nature.
Learn more about the benefits of walnuts and ways to add them into your diet here.
Question: "Should I Avoid All Caffeine During Pregnancy?"
I am having a hard time getting up to go to work in the morning, and I know I'm supposed to avoid caffeine. How bad is it if I have a cup of coffee just to get myself going?"
-Sarah Beth, NYC
When you find out you're pregnant, there often seem to be a million new restrictions on how you should live your life, and one of those comes with consuming caffeine during pregnancy. This one can come as quite a shock to the system, especially for women who work long hours either inside or outside the home and depend on the jolt of caffeine in a good cup of tea or coffee each day. Others have even more trouble when they start to log how much coffee they're actually drinking and see that it falls outside the range of "safe" caffeine consumption.
So, how much is too much caffeine to consume while pregnant, and are you actually consuming caffeine without realizing it? Find out here about caffeine during pregnancy.
Have unresolved questions about vegan pregnancy and raising vegan children? Join in the discussion on our site by asking and answering questions, as well as commenting on other answers. It's fun and helpful!
Recipe of the Month: I-Don't-Want-To-Cook-Tonight-Salad
For those nights when you just don't want to be bothered with coming up with a meal or cooking anything, but you still don't want to battle the non-vegan world outside your house, I have the perfect solution. I love the idea of a big salad bowl, complete with quinoa and beans, and topped with a delicious and simple salad dressing.
I admit you do have to do some chopping, but that's a task you could outsource if you need to, and it's not that hard to do if no one else can help. You can also make this simple on yourself by using anything leftover in the kitchen and cooking big batches of beans and grains at the beginning of the week.
I made this salad after coming back from a trip to Phoenix where all I wanted was an awesome Southwestern Salad, and all I could find was Prickly Pear Margaritas and delicious guacamole. Try my vegan salad recipe here.
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