Her husband believes that the diet is not providing her with the nutrients she needs during her pregnancy.

A mum-to-be has taken to Mumsnet to express her frustration after her husband asked her to stop eating vegan while pregnant. The mum says she has never had any health issues as a result of being a vegan and growing up in a vegan family, but her husband is still concerned that she isn’t getting the nutrients she needs for a healthy pregnancy.

A Lifelong Commitment

The mum says that she has always eaten a healthy, balanced vegan diet, even as a child. “My parents are vegans and my siblings are,” she wrote. “My husband is mainly a vegan as I do the food shopping and cooking. My husband has upset me by going against something which is obviously a huge part of my life.” In her post, the mum-to-be said that her husband’s constant hints that she should eat meat were starting to really upset her. While she admitted that she didn’t know how pregnancy might affect her, the mum also said she had never had a problem with iron levels or other nutrient deficiencies before.

Ask The Experts

Comments on the post were divided, but most were in favour of the mum’s decision to continue eating a vegan diet. “If you’re a lifelong vegan, then you can actually make yourself ill to suddenly eat meat,” said one response. “Maybe if you had your iron levels checked it would put his mind at ease,” suggested another. Some responses, however, said they understood her husband’s worry. “I think he has good intentions and I don’t think he’s being unreasonable to bring it up,” said one. “For peace of mind ask your doctor.”

As with any decision during pregnancy, it’s always a good idea to keep your midwife or doctor in the loop so they can offer you their advice and reassurance – better safe than sorry!

Did you eat a vegan diet during your pregnancy? Share your story in the comments.


  • I’d be waiting on the results of her tests and then laying down the law.

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  • Through a personal problem with iron levels I was informed that some foods that are high in iron also contain phosphorous which depletes iron from our bodies. It includes some dairy products and that shocked me.

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  • I definitely understand where he is coming from.
    But yeah, I’d just see what the blood test results say!

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  • For peace of mind, seek input from a dietitian!

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  • Get a blood test and prove that everything is OK – that should stop your husband thinking something is wrong.

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  • I didn’t eat much of anything during birth. I had 24/7 9-month long sickness that required hospitalisation and medication, so I ate whatever I could keep down, whenever I could. Certainly didn’t make for a great diet, but my Gyno was across it.

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  • Oh dear I know what I’d be saying to my husband if he even thought about it but I know he wouldn’t

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  • If you are well researched and have spoken to professionals and it’s not harming the baby then I think eat what you want and do what’s best for you and your bub

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  • I think they should seek a doctor’s opinion and advice.

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  • I think they both need to go to the Dr together and am sure the Dr will reassure the husband that everything is fine and she is OK to not eat meat.

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  • I think a trip to the doctors would reassure hubby he seems worried about iron levels, I’m a vegetarian had no troubles with vitamin levels when not pregnant but to make extra blood for a baby you need three times your normal intake of iron. The doctor will keep a closer eye on your iron levels. I took iron and folate supplements

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  • I eat meat and still ended up iron deficient so had to have an iron infusion. I say don’t change the way you eat!

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  • Yes I was basically vegan, I did not consume meat still don’t have been for years, my son turned out perfect and is healthy happy teenager (vegan). All she needs to do is take some supplements to re-assure here husband, I took spirulina, but I am sure she knows her body and has had her levels checked, even meat eaters can be low in nutrients and are often unhealthy. Why the big thing of vegans, for example spinach and broccoli have more protein, iron and calcium than meat!

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  • Hopefully this couple consults a doctor before doing anything drastic.

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  • I’d see the Doctor and then take him a lot of women end up iron deficient vegan or not but there are supplements and other food choices available.

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