While most folks in America were eating turkey this Thanksgiving weekend, there were a few holdouts. Having been a vegetarian for 21 years, I was one of them. Carrie Underwood, who is pregnant with her first child, was another.
The country music star, who's been a vegetarian or vegan since her teenage years, told Yahoo Beauty that she won't eat any meat during her pregnancy either. However, she said she will allow some dairy products back into her diet — for the time being.
"I have been vegetarian for about ten years now. With pregnancy, I am definitely going more on the vegetarian side, but as soon as I am not pregnant anymore I will go back to being vegan," she said. "I try to keep it as healthy as possible and try to take care of myself. And, you know, putting good things in!"
Natalie Portman had a similar strategy, switching from veganism to a less-strict vegetarian diet during her 2011 pregnancy.
I remained vegetarian all the way through my pregnancy too; it's a completely healthy choice that should, along with any choices regarding diet or activity you make during pregnancy, be reviewed with your doctor. (Mine suggested iron supplements along with my standard prenatal vitamins.)
Although I wasn't eating meat, I did have plenty of cravings, both healthy (fresh green juice!) and unhealthy (Red Vines galore). But apparently Underwood's pregnancy diet overall is pretty even keel these days, telling Yahoo, "I don't think I am craving anything too crazy."
What diet changes did you make during pregnancy?
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