Is anyone here attempting the Brewer Diet or any other specific eating plan? I followed it hardcore with my first and more loosely with my second. Once I feel like eating again I'll jump back on this time too.
Nothing wrong with big babies ;) I'm very petite in bone structure and 5'1 my last two babies (where I loosely followed the Brewer diet) were both over 9 pounds. :) That said... Brewer's philosophy states that diet controls your risks of pre-e (amongst other things), he found that mother's that did not get enough protein had a very high risk of developing pre-e and toxemia amongst other issues. It's all on his site which is an excellent resource in general!
Some of his thoughts I don't agree with.. he's very anti-herbal remedies. Dandelion root and nettles being major nonos according to his site because he claims they are a diuretic, which in some cases they are.... but in pregnancy tea they serve a good purpose and I used them throughout my last pregnancy with excellent results (liver support and general trace minerals).
A mother of 5, going on 6, that I know grows very big babies when she follows Brewer, but doesn't otherwise. So, I wonder about the big babies correlation with that much protein myself, at least maybe for people who are predisposed to growing big babies.. For what it's worth, I ate tons and tons of protein pregnant with Cecilia, partially because of being diabetic and partially because I wanted eggs nonstop, and she was only 6 lbs 3 oz at birth.
I've looked at it online and have been trying to eat more protein as a result with every meal. I could not possibly eat all the food suggested, however. I'm liking eggs while pregnant, but 2 every day in addition to all the other sources of protein and other food is not rational for me. Maybe as the pregnancy progresses it will be more realistic.
Dandelion can be a very useful for pregnant women. I told my friend how the combination stopped me from having swelling. She was a month behind me, and her vulva was so swollen of hurt to pee let alone give birth.
I told her to take both, but she choose just the dandelion. After the first cup,just before bed, her swelling was down by half the next morning!
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