|She certainly isn't suggesting that I starve myself or have less than optimal nutrition, but rather not overload myself with carbs and fat.
Thanks for the clarification. :-)
I guess the operative word here is "overload". What can seem like an overload to one practitioner can seem like a normal level to another practitioner. And it is another undefined, unstandardized word, so we may actually be in agreement here.
I would also like to point out that the servings that are recommended in the Brewer Diet are often smaller than most people realize. So sometimes it is helpful for people to look at the serving sizes before they decide whether what is recommended is too much for them. That information can be found on the "The Diet" page of my website.
I would like to also clarify that the Brewer Diet tries to emphasize healthy carbs (including whole grains, for example), rather than empty carbs.
And as you probably already know, getting some carbs and fats is very important in pregnancy, so that the mother is avoiding ketosis, and so that fat-soluble vitamins can be absorbed, and I think that fats are important for brain and nerve development as well. And the Brewer Diet recommends items like nuts and avocado and nut butters and healthy oils for the fat needs, so it can be done in a healthy way, which you probably also already know.
|And, since GD runds in my family, I don't want to test my limits on the carbs especially.
The issue of GD is a whole other issue. :-) Usually that diagnosis is a result of the use of the GTT, which is a faulty test, rather than the result of a pregnant body mis-behaving. :-) You-all may have already seen this side of the controversy, but in case you haven't, for more on that issue, you-all can see this page (which includes links to similar articles by Henci Goer and Michel Odent).....http://home.mindspring.com/~djsnjones/id33.html
But I can understand your wanting to be careful, with that kind of experience in your family.
|Also, I can easily see how someone who didn't eat well before pregnancy could benefit from this diet, but it's not the only healthy way to eat during pregnancy. FWIW, my MIL (and all of the women in DH's home country, for that matter) never had a cup of milk during her pregnancies and likely very few eggs, and had 6 healthy, beautiful average-sized babes all at home.
I agree that this specific way is not the only healthy way to eat during pregnancy, but it's my opinion that every pregnant woman, regardless of how she ate before pregnancy, needs to increase her blood volume by 60% by the end of her second trimester. It's just a normal part of the normal process of pregnancy--just as every pregnant mother needs to grow a healthy placenta and a healthy umbilical cord and a uterus that grows properly. When she can find another way to do that, then everything will be fine.
The symptoms of a blood volume that is not as high as it should be include pathological edema, a rising BP, and fetal growth that is falling behind. Also, the earliest symptom of pre-eclampsia is actually a rising hemoglobin/hematocrit, because as the blood volume falls, the blood becomes more "concentrated" and so the Hgb/Hct value rises.
As far as the eggs and milk go, the main reason that Dr. Brewer started there is that he was initially working with women with very low incomes, and eggs and milk are the lowest-cost high-quality proteins available in our grocery stores. So this was the easiest way for them to get the kind of protein that they needed.
The other reason is that eggs and milk provide so many of the vitamins that pregnant bodies need--such as calcium from milk and Vitamin A from eggs (which helps to prevent bladder infections during pregnancy). So especially for mothers who may be less able to afford to buy extra vitamin supplements in pregnancy, the eggs and milk were a great place to start.