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Brewer Diet?

post #1 of 11
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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.  

post #2 of 11

Yeah I follow the Brewer diet pretty loosely... mainly focusing on getting enough protein. :)

post #3 of 11
I used it with my second and will.follow it loosely again this pregnancy. My big thing is getting enough protein also.

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post #4 of 11

I read a little about it and am curious.  What it is meant to do, or is it just considered a healthful thing?  I guess specifically I'm wondering if it's good for preventing big babies.  Or would all that protein have the opposite effect?

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Originally Posted by Ninetales View Post

I read a little about it and am curious.  What it is meant to do, or is it just considered a healthful thing?  I guess specifically I'm wondering if it's good for preventing big babies.  Or would all that protein have the opposite effect?



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!

 

http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/

 

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).

post #6 of 11

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.

post #7 of 11

My babes were all over 8 pounds even w/o the Brewer's diet which doesn't make sense given I was barely 5 pounds at birth, lol. My husband was a preemie. Big babies squish, I'd much prefer a big squishy newborn lol but I guess I'm biased. ;)

post #8 of 11
Well, my first was over 13 lbs and that is rather bigger than I'd like. I'd be quite happy with a ten pounder.
post #9 of 11

haha squishy! I was 10 lbs. 9 oz. I was real squishy! Now I am 6 foot and 140 lbs. Not so squishy now.

post #10 of 11

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.

post #11 of 11
My midwife (last pregnancy) had me eating about 80 grams of protein a day. I also use herbs too. I was on dandelion and milk thistle most of my last pregnancy. My plan was to tale them up again after the first trimester.

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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