Anyone who has been pregnant will tell you that they changed their eating habits in some way. For most, appetite increases once morning sickness goes away. Some women crave specific food. When pregnant with my son, I craved meat… and I never did while pregnant with my daughters. But every pregnancy is different just like every mom-to-be.
So it’s ridiculous that Natalie Portman is getting heat over giving up veganism and giving in to her pregnancy cravings. Portman says that she has been craving things like cookies and pastries and has decided to eat them. She will remain a non-meat eater and is only engaging in dairy products and eggs, making her a vegetarian now instead of a vegan.
While on an Atlanta radio show, Portman spoke about her decision:
I actually went back to being vegetarian when I became pregnant, just because I felt like I wanted that stuff. I was listening to my body to have eggs and dairy and that sort of thing. I know there are people who do stay vegan, and I think you have to just be careful, you have to watch your iron levels and your B12 levels and supplement that if there are things you might be low in in your diet. If you’re not eating eggs, then you can’t have cookies or cake from regular bakeries, which can become a problem when that’s all you want to eat.
You would think that the Oscar winner and Harvard grad would be able to eat a cookie without the world discussing it.
Selma Blair is another famous pregnant mom who has begun eating sugar, gluten, and dairy since being pregnant. She says she will stop eating it after her pregnancy is over but for now, her body is craving the food.
When Portman mentioned her food change choices, vegan websites were quick to hail her as a fraud, saying “She’s a role model!” and “She’s a hypocrite and a fake.” Really?
Life is about change and pregnancy is probably one of the biggest changes a woman will ever go through. If you rethink your menu because of it, whose business is it besides your own? I think it’s great that people want to be vegans and vegetarians but what I cannot stand is when people take their agenda and try to force it on others. And it seems that there is always a higher tendency to speculate on a pregnant woman, from judgmentally eyeballing her cup of coffee or tuna sandwich to commenting on her work schedule or exercise regime.
Being pregnant doesn’t give others the right to judge your every action.
What unsolicited comments/advice bugged you the most when you were pregnant? How did you react?