Originally Posted by MIrandaM
Hi Monkeykeeper, love that you're feeling so much movement! Have you read about Brewers Diet at all for pre-e? This is my first pregnancy so I can't speak from experience, but I've heard it mentioned as a way to prevent/combat pre-e. I haven't checked the sources or anything so pls take this with a grain of salt, but there's an interesting article about pre-e on the Brewers Diet site: http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/id36.html
MIrandaM, thank you for wanting to be helpful. I'm going to try to respond without coming off snarky, so please know that what I say is not intended that way. Telling someone who had pre-e that they wouldn't have gotten if they'd eaten a certain diet it is sort of like telling someone who has cancer that they didn't take the right vitamins. If only it were that simple, no women or babies would ever suffer from pre-e. The fact of the matter is that despite lots of research no one knows what causes pre-e,and the disease seems to be caused or triggered by different things in different women. Currently, it is thought to be a maternal-fetal conflict beginning at placentation. Of course, since it is a conflict, then optimum nutrition certainly may improve outcomes. But eating a proscribed diet is not going to "cure" or prevent pre-e.
The Brewer results actually have never been able to be replicated. In all modern research, no link has developed between pre-e and diet. In fact, for women who already have pre-e, the increased kidney load from the additional protein could be problematic.
For me, it seems that pre-e is genetic--on my husband's side. His grandmother was hospitalized with several of her pregnancies for severe pre-e, and it has followed through the generations. Of his female cousins who have had children (several are much younger than he), nearly all of them have had pre-e. And of my husband's 4 brothers, two of the 4 wives have had it as well. There is a genetic link that holds up in research too.
I have gone on to have one pregnancy with only slight hypertension at term and another with no hypertensive issues. But an experience like severe pre-e says with you and colors how you view everything.