Well, I am 16 weeks and 5 days pregnant today. This is pretty significant for me, because with my last (omnivore) pregnancy, it was only here that I was ending my severe food aversions and constant nausea. While I felt like I had pretty bad "morning" sickness this time, in retrospect, I was able to eat a LOT more. During my first pregnancy, I would eat breakfast and just hope that I could eat again at some other part of the day.
This time, maybe because I also had to feed a toddler, I ate three meals a day through my whole first trimester. I am still having tummy troubles after I eat, and am not as regular as I'd like to be, but I am able to eat complete meals- what a nice change!
During my last pregnancy, by 16 weeks I had lost 15lbs. This wasn't horrible, but it's certainly not the goal while growing another human. This time, my starting weight was 15lbs lighter than my previous prepregnancy weight, and I haven't lost more than a lb or two which I've already gained back, so I'm right where I started. The baby is only a few ounces, plus some placenta and amniotic fluid, so it's completely fine to have not put on weight yet. Because I started out overweight, it's not dangerous for me to not gain until midway through my second trimester.
I think the biggest difference between my last pregnancy and this pregnancy in regards to eating enough is that my big food aversions are no longer a part of my diet. Eggs, chicken, and fish no longer smell up my house when I eat. I can remember going downstairs into our family room and hiding while my husband would cook chicken for us during my first pregnancy. I could still smell it cooking from there and I would dry heave at the faint smell. Now when I cook, most of the smells are good to me, and I've become an adaptive enough chef that I can alter recipes to exclude certain items when I'm having an aversion. Sometimes the smell of onions or beans or kale bother me, but it hasn't been consistent.
In addition to my steady lack of growth, the baby is measuring exactly to the date when it should, so that's great. We have our "anatomy scan" ultrasound in three weeks, so we'll see again then how each particular limb and the major organs are growing. I've requested a B12 blood test when they do some other tests at 28 weeks, and my midwife suggested a vitamin D test as well because in Alaska nearly everyone needs more D. I have just switched midwives to one who will attend my home birth, and so after seeing two midwives I'm pleased to say that neither had any concerns about a vegan pregnancy. In talking to me, neither even felt the need to suggest changes in my diet. They both said that a balanced vegan diet gave them no cause for worry. What a great reassurance, especially when you see silly stories in the media about previously vegan starlets giving up their vegan ways "for their baby." It's a shame that an innocent unborn child takes the blame for animals to be harmed.