The Epic Update – Vegan pregnancy and life adventures

June 16th, 2015 · Lisa · DIY Vegan, Fun with Friends, Pregnancy · Comments

The big, beautiful cookbook, DIY Vegan, that Nicole and I have been working on for the past 16 months is almost ready to go to print. We’ve finished the final galley edits, and it is now up on Amazon for pre-order. I will be sharing a lot more updates on the book as we get closer to the release date – October 27th.

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Over the past year and half, creating, testing and retesting for DIY Vegan took up much of my culinary creativity which left little to share here with you. As the printing and publishing process works its magic, I once again get to turn to my kitchen to create whatever my heart desires and promise to have a lot more to post here in the coming months (watch for updates on Tuesdays).

In addition to this exciting, massive project that we’re about to release to the world…I’m also pregnant!

I met this amazing man a couple of years ago (it’s actually a crazy story), we moved in together, got engaged and now we’re starting a family. With our new arrival expected in just a few months, the wedding plans are waiting (plus he/or she will be such a great guest at the party…) and our focus is on preparing for a new little human.


This blog will continue to focus on great vegan recipes (and my favourite cookbooks) but I thought it might be helpful for the vegans out there if I had some occasional posts about vegan pregnancy. I plan to share some of the great vegan products I’ve found as well as some of the tips I’ve learned along the way in talking with health partitioners and concerned friends and family members about what is needed to grow a brand new vegan baby.

I’m now almost 25 weeks and was marvelling the other night that our little one has already grown from the size of a poppyseed to a cantaloupe melon. I now get to enjoy regular kicks, punches and rolls which may sound like little fun but truly they are the most amazing moments of my day (it is so cool).

We have found a wonderful midwifery collective in the city that has been supportive at every step of the way. I was open about my veganism from the first visit and there has not been a word of concern about my diet or lifestyle mentioned. They check my blood, weight gain and blood pressure as they do for all moms to-be. I haven’t yet had any signs of concern so the vegan issue just hasn’t been an issue at all.

Supplements I’m taking:

NFH Pre-Natal SAP (started way back in October) – 3 times a day!

HMF Probiotic – great to support digestion

NFH Iron SAP (just started at 21 weeks) – only necessary if you notice a dip in your iron levels

Nutri-Vege DHA – great for building a baby’s brain

Resources I’m finding helpful:

OhSheGlows pregnancy posts – Angela’s heartfelt and honest posts are full of great information and insights

Cupcakes and Kale’s pregnancy posts – Jess shares fantastic suggestions for building a vegan pregnancy meal plan

Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Mama – such a loving book with great suggestions for vegan fare and supplements

Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Families (review coming soon) – full of amazing recipes to keep us all well fed.

and my Mom’s book Pregnancy & Birth: The Best Evidence – the title says it all.

I’ve been very lucky that so far I’ve been able to eat my regular – veg-heavy diet, with the addition of a more vegan protein sources (partly to meet additional requirements and partly because that’s what I really seem to crave).

I haven’t had any cravings for non-vegan dishes so far, but the soft-serve cones from Bunners have been a great treat on those days when nothing else sounds appealing.

Looking forward to sharing the journey and a lot of recipes with all of you over the coming months.


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  1. Heather Galaxy
    Posted June 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Congrats! I will be following this as I think of starting my own family in a couple years!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 16, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you Heather. If you have any questions along the way, just let me know. 🙂

  2. Marika
    Posted June 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I am so happy for all the good fortune the universe has sent you, Lisa. Well deserved, all of it. I am looking forward to all your posts as the adventure unfolds, xoxoo

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 16, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you Marika! xoxoxo

  3. Andrea Devon Bertoli
    Posted June 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Lisa- This is so delightful in so many ways! xoxo! Can’t wait to read your book, and would be very happy to review it for our sites!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 16, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you Andrea! We would love to have you review the book. I have been enjoying your mainland adventures. I just wish you were making it up to Toronto. xoxo

  4. Dreena Burton
    Posted June 16, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I’m so immensely happy for you, Lisa. That photo is like something out of a movie or magazine, too! Enjoy those baby squirms and rolls, they really are the best part of pregnancy. Excited to hear more of your news. Congratulations to you and Nicole as well, on what I know will be a gorgeous book! x

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 16, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you Dreena. I do love the kicking. It makes everything seem so real and exciting. I am hoping to get a review of your beautiful book up in a week or two. I’m really, really enjoying it (as I do with all of your projects). xo

  5. Posted June 17, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Congratulations! Sounds like you will have two lovely presents this fall. Wishing you all the best for your pregnancy and beyond. 🙂

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you Janet. 🙂

  6. Miet V
    Posted June 17, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Congratulations!! And I’m really looking forward to your book!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you so much!!!

  7. Amanda
    Posted June 18, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations Lisa – on the book and, most importantly, on your pregnancy news!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you Amanda!

  8. Posted June 19, 2015 at 7:15 am

    I am so proud of you, my sunbeam. Love you more than everything. x

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you my Hannah.

  9. Posted June 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Congratulations Lisa! What happy news 🙂
    That picture is absolutely stunning too!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you so much! xo

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