Keeping Vegetarian during pregnancy

I am a pescatarian, but people usually don’t know what it means and think I am just a pretentious yoga chick with fancy term, so I just tell people that I am a vegetarian but eat fish.

I am also from Korea and in Korea, the idea of not eating meat itself is considered crazy. I remember when I quit eating meat several years ago, my mom was very down for long time since she can’t cook much for me, but at least I had a very understanding mother who peacefully accept my decision. (Believe me, it can go real real bad)

So, not eating meat while pregnant is super crazy in Korea and there can be lots of pressure about eating meat while pregnant to provide proper “nutrition’ to the fetus. Fortunately I was in Singapore during my pregnancy and I was impressed by the culture here to respect personal choices regarding individual diet, not to mention that I easily could find alternatives in the restaurants instead of meats.

Having understanding husband was also very helpful too keep my diet. Of course, everybody is different. That is why you get lots of advices and comments from people around you regarding pregnancy, especially while you are pregnant but, after all, you should make decision for yourself. And I think you only can make right decision for yourself when you find answer inside of you. (we are not talking about some situations that you need professional or medical help here)

Honestly, I considered going back to eating meat because of fear. There were so many noises around me about what I should do and what I should not do. But eventually I put all those noises aside and decided to ground myself.

One thing I did and still do is keeping the list of super food. I always check the list when I go to supermarket and prepare meal, so I can remember to include them into my diet.

My super foods are

Beans and Lentils

Sweet potato

Avocado

Berries

Kale & Spinach

Salmon

Nuts and seeds

Tomato

Broccoli

Olive oil

Dark chocolate (not recommended for pregnant women)

Cinnamon powder

Oat

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Luckily, I went through very healthy & smooth pregnancy, and my baby is also born healthy. And all those comments on my vegetarianism during pregnancy disappeared ~