It goes without saying that veganism, a diet that eschews all animal products, is more popular than ever. But for women who are vegans and wanting to have children, there still remain some misconceptions and many more questions about the safety of the diet.
In an effort to better inform and help guide mothers wanting to stay vegan through pregnancy, Alicia Silverstone is writing a book called "The Kind Mama," a companion guide of sorts to her enormously successful healthy living book "The Kind Diet," released in 2009
"I want to give women an easy-to-follow resource that's as inspiring as it is informative," she wrote on her site The Kind Life. "I want women to know that they have the power to not only have an amazing pregnancy without anxiety and discomfort, but also to feel beautiful while doing it.
"[It] will cover fertility, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy. In other words, it will help you get knocked up, have a goddess pregnancy and birth, and grow the healthiest, happiest child!"
Beyond the advice Silverstone is gathering from doctors, nutritionists, and other health experts, the 36-year-old is also seeking input from other mothers
that have experienced a vegan pregnancy.
"As I write my next book The Kind Mama, I'm looking for anecdotes to feature from members of The Kind Life! You guys are so important to me, especially because I started TheKindLife.com at the same time my book The Kind Diet was published.
"I know not all of you are kind mamas, but I'd love to hear from those of you who have had a kind pregnancy ... and for those of you who don't have kids yet, hopefully this info will be helpful!"
For those interested, Silverstone has posted a number of questions on her site
to help guide you answers. (i.e. During your pregnancy, how did you deal with naysayers? Did anyone give you a hard time?)
For those that can't wait for the book, the responses that Silverstone has received are already providing wonderful feedback for the curious. Over on Ecorazzi, we also recently published an article titled "Vegan Pregnancy: Is it safe?"
that details on author's experience with a vegan pregnancy.
You can expect "The Kind Mama" to be released sometime in 2014.