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Alicia Silverstone's Vegan Pregnancy

Alicia and her husband Christopher welcomed their first son, Bear Blu Jarecki, on May 5, 2011. He weighed in at 7lbs, 15 ounces, according to People.com. Soon after he was born, Alicia blogged "We are all three in love! I'm so grateful to this community for all the love, support, good wishes and happy vibes you've sent me during my pregnancy ... it has been wonderful. Thank you all!"

The exciting news of Alicia Silverstone’s vegan pregnancy broke in January 2011, shortly after the public also found out that Natalie Portman was pregnant. Alicia and her musician husband Christopher Jarecki have been married since 2005 and dating since 1997.

Alicia’s book, The Kind Diet, made waves through the vegan community in 2010 with its three recommendations on changing to a vegan diet, going from “flirting” with veganism, to “vegan,” and on to “superhero.” When you reach the superhero level in the book, there’s a focus on macrobiotic, whole food options, and while the recipes do include some ingredients that are a little harder to find in grocery stores, the food is fabulous and makes you feel amazing. The book is full of recipes, but it also has helpful tips on veganism, the foods, and staples for the kitchen.

Alicia also runs an amazing website with a great forum for asking questions and reading about the lives of other vegans. When she announced her pregnancy, she said on her website, “I’m excited about documenting this time in my life, and sharing all of my experiences with you. I will definitely be posting tons more blogs about pregnancy, and can’t wait to hear your feedback.”

I love hearing all the positive feedback from women who have vegan pregnancies, and for Alicia Silverstone, pregnancy was very smooth, and she credits her diet. Going forward, Alicia and Christopher plan to raise Bear vegan, as she said to OK! Magazine, “Bear was grown on vegan food and we'll continue nourishing him with a healthy diet... He'll be eating an organic plant-based diet. I intend to take great care of his precious new baby body so I'm committed to giving him nothing but the purest and most healthy food possible. We want to keep his immune system strong so that he'll be super healthy – which is just one of the many reasons he'll eat vegan.”

She has started the process of educating about pregnancy with a three-part series of questions and answers with Christina Pirello, a vegan chef and cookbook author and Susan Levin, the director of nutrition education at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Alicia has been vegan since 1998, and now at 34 years-old and having her first child, she’s able to educate her readers on the value of a long-standing lifestyle and how it can positively impact your unborn child.

Having another famous vegan bring light to how healthy and happy one can be while pregnant and vegan is a huge plus for the rest of us.

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