When you first find out you’re pregnant, there are many different feelings and emotions (in fact the variable emotions and feelings really continue throughout your pregnancy!) but I find that the big thing a lot of women are looking for is information. When it comes to a vegan pregnancy, I’ve had one (baby is now born and has been vegan since conception) but I felt like I had a head start in the vegan pregnancy world as a plant-based dietitian. I knew the vitamins and minerals to pay attention to. I knew the products to look for or the ones to supplement with. However, you or someone you know may not be in that boat and so I wanted to provide a resource of the best vegan pregnancy books. These books would be great to rent from the library, add to your own personal book shelf, or give as a gift at a shower or just because to an expecting mom.
Keep reading and then comment below – are there other books you would add to the vegan pregnancy book list? Let us know and help out a fellow vegan!
The 10 Best Vegan Pregnancy Books
10. Vegan Pregnancy 101: Pregnancy Handbook for First Time Vegan Moms and Babies +Recipes – This is a great inexpensive guide (less than $10) that is pretty straightforward without any of the fluff. There’s only a few recipes and they don’t contain pictures so this is better used as a guide in terms of what nutrients to focus on and include throughout a vegan pregnancy. Find Vegan Pregnancy 101 HERE.
9. Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide – This is another quick, inexpensive read and more of an intro to vegan pregnancy but I especially thing the frequently asked questions section can be helpful for a lot of people. Beyond a vegan pregnancy and what to eat, the guide highlights a vegan baby shower and everything in between. The quick read is written in a casual and lighthearted tone from one vegan to another. Find the Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide HERE.
8. The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book: All You Need to Know for a Healthy Pregnancy that Fits Your Lifestyle – This book dives into many of the questions vegan moms have about their bodies, their babies, and their pregnancy form conception to birth. It’s not going to be the best help if you’ve been vegan for awhile and then get pregnant but if you are newly vegan, it would be more helpful for you as it’s clear, concise, and simple. Find The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book: All You Need to Know for a Healthy Pregnancy that Fits Your Lifestyle HERE.
7. Your Complete Vegan Pregnancy: Your All-in-One Guide to a Healthy, Holistic, Plant-Based Pregnancy – This is another book by the same author as the above book so while vegan pregnancy is something the author has covered before, this version has a few more recipes and food specifics instead of as much focus on nutrients but again is probably best suited for someone who is still navigating the vegan nutrition world and isn’t sure what to look for in terms of nutrients. Find Your Complete Vegan Pregnancy HERE.
6. The Vegan Pregnancy Cookbook: Over 200 Recipes to Keep You and Baby Happy and Healthy for All Three Trimesters (and Beyond)! – Vegan moms don’t need complicated recipes, and this cookbook provides simple and straightforward vegan recipes if you need a bit of inspiration in your vegan cooking. There is a focus on the key nutrients needed in pregnancy really only at the beginning and the rest is a traditional cookbook that does include a lot of tofu recipes if you are looking for more tofu inspiration. I do think there should be pictures and it would make the book more enticing but the content is helpful. Find The Vegan Pregnancy Cookbook HERE.
5. Plantfed Mama’s Holistic Guide to a Vegan Pregnancy – the recipes featured in the cookbook part are all gluten-free and vegan if you are a pregnant mama looking for gluten-free recipes. Beyond food, the author is an herbalist and talks about herbal remedies for pregnancy, labor, and baby which I think can be helpful for some and provides a unique take. This book packs in a lot of information and is more appropriate for either a new or seasoned vegan. Plantfed Mama has a popular Instagram feed but you can also check out the book HERE.
4. Real Food for Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition – While not soley a vegan pregnancy book, there is a delightful vegetarian section and in general I think this is a fantastic deep dive into the world of prenatal nutrition. From giving plenty of examples of sample meal plans with the micronutrient breakdowns to really explaining nutrients needed for pregnancy, I think vegans and non-vegans can get a lot out of this pregnancy book. Add Real Food for Pregnancy to any book shelf or give to any expecting mom!
3. The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning – This is an empowering read from fertility to a baby’s first 6 months of life and while it’s written by vegan powerhouse Alicia Silverstone, the book features insight from physicians, midwives, and nutritionists to provide a well rounded approach and can be great if a vegan mother needs encouragement or reinforcement on her decisions as a vegan herself and in raising a vegan baby/child. Check out The Kind Mama HERE.
2. The Vegan Starter Kit: Everything You Need to Know About Plant-Based Eating – If you are a new vegan and find yourself pregnant, start here. Many of the tools are applicable throughout the life stages and Dr. Neal Barnard is a wealth of knowledge who always does such a great job of presenting information in a non-biased, non-judgmental way. There is a section on pregnancy and childhood for once you’re ready to feed your babe vegan out in the world. This starter kit is easy to understand and beyond helpful for new or aspiring vegans. Find the Vegan Starter Kit HERE.
1. Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood – Nuture is the perfect gift or guide for your vegan pregnancy if you’re looking for something beyond nutrition. Nuture is a comprehensive and non-biased approach to an integrative wholesome health approach from conception into those first few weeks. The author is a doula and provides mindfulness exercises along with holistic remedies (and some recipes along the way!). Nuture helps you and your family decide what will work best for your family during pregnancy and delivery beyond the food consumed. Check out Nuture HERE and read what others have to say about this classic pregnancy book.
There you have it, the 10 best vegan pregnancy books. Which one are you most excited to check out first? Is there another one you would add to the list? Comment below and share with a fellow vegan!