She's not Clueless about love anymore! Alicia Silverstone is pregnant, and if her latest blog posts are any indication, she and husband Christopher Jarecki are going to show the world how a vegan pregnancy works.
The well-known animal rights activist was on her site The Kind Life -- where there's a special forum confirming the pregnancy (in case you were worried this was another tabloid rumor) -- as recently as today, sharing vegan recipes with her fans. Today's mix of mushrooms on a tortilla pizza sounds like it's to die for (you can come cook for me anytime Alicia!), but more importantly, it's got a good balance of nutrients.
Coming into a pregnancy with a special diet doesn't have to be a problem. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends vegetarians stay the course, although they're usually advised to take supplemental vitamins to maintain a good balance for baby. As an example, while I was pregnant, they added an iron supplement to my diet as I tended toward anemia.
Vegans have an even more restrictive diet than the average vegetarian, but that's not to say it's bad for baby. Their diets are generally already high in folates, one of the number one things pregnant women are told to add to their diet to prevent birth defects. They're also often better accustomed to making diet adjustments, making it easier for them to do it again during pregnancy.
If there's anyone who can balance the lifestyle with the advice of her doctors, it's Silverstone, whose Kind Life and Kind Diet book both offer expert advice in addition to her experience. Her site even includes a special forum specifically for pregnant vegans, a section she's bound to be hitting up a lot in coming months. Ever want to catch a celeb to talk to? That might be the place to start.
Would you consider checking it out and trying a vegan pregnancy?
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