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Re : high protien diet

Postby joanne » Fri Dec 12, 2003 10:38 am


Thanks for trying but it doesn't guarantee success. My last pregnancy I ate fantastically well and still got PE serious enough to be delivered at 31 weeks.

I have to say I am strongly of the view that we should discourage women from thinking that there is a solution which if they follow it, they wouldn't get PE. Guilt is something that we could do without. Compare diets of pregnant women all around the world - there are malnourished third world mothers who dont get PE and people like myself who eat lots of protein/healthily who do. This is a complex disease, it occurs in different circumstances in different women with different outcomes. If there were an easy solution we'd know about it here and many wonen and babies lives would be saved/improved.

Many experts now believe that the problem arises in the first trimester at the time the placenta is formed. I recommend you read up on these theories. There is no causes or cure been proven yet and whilst its good to share theories to raise awareness we cant recommend anything to anyone except for vigilance.

I'm glad you are interested in this disease the greater awareness in midwives and pregnant women the more lives will be saved.


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Re : high protien diet

Postby annegarrett » Thu Dec 11, 2003 09:21 pm

Thanks for weighing in. Ileana speaks for the PF when we say that we value a good diet with adequate protein and we strongly advise that women with preeclampsia (particularly a past experience of, or current situation with) see a high risk pregnancy specialist. There are excellent midwives and the theory you raise is highly thought of by one camp of such midwives. Some of our medical board specialists agree that diet is a factor but we do not have anyone on our board who endorses the Brewer diet. However, every woman is different. We do hope for some women that diet makes all the difference. As with any theory--talk to your doctor and make sure you don't have issues that might make excessive protein dangerous for you before starting such a diet--and never assume that by eating well that you are covering all the bases. A good diet should be a foundation of a good pregnancy but some women have other factors that make their care more complex.

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Re : high protien diet

Postby akemt » Thu Dec 11, 2003 06:00 pm


Thankyou for your concern and input.

OOPS! I forgot what part of the forum I was in...lol (eg, the edit)

Here are some links to the discussion we've had previously reguarding the Brewers diet:

I've made my comments on some of those. I agree that eating healthy is best, but I personally do not beleive that diet is it.

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Re : high protien diet

Postby ileana » Thu Dec 11, 2003 05:38 pm

What we are against here at the Foundation is the "One size fits all" a.k.a. there is one miracle treatment for preeclampsia.

What works for some people might be dangerous to others. Maybe we do not exchange healthy menus in here, but some of the women in here are on bedrest, with not so many options. Others have kidney diseases, and too much protein is dangerous for them. Others are too sick to eat anything...

We encourage everyone to trust their doctors in recommending a specific diet. Also, we consider that preeclampsia is a very dangerous disease and the treatment should be at least overviewed by a doctor (actually we recommmend being managed by a high-risk pregnancy doctor)

About the recommendation to drink more water, I think that's everywhere on the web site and there was a discussion about salt just the other day...

Eating well is very important... we agree with that.

We had midwives around here for a post or two... I honestly wish we had more and we could spread the word of what preeclampsia is. Please don't go away, stay here, read our stories and ask your midwife mentor what's her opinion for each of these cases.

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high protien diet

Postby megdemar » Thu Dec 11, 2003 04:25 pm

I just stumbled across this forum and couldnt resist participating. I am a student midwife. The main treatment I have been taught for treating preeclampsia is a high protien diet. This means 60-100 g of protien each day and no refined foods. Also lots of water and salting your food to taste.
Or "every bite of food you put in your mouth should be protien". ( Nuts, lean meats, eggs, milk, whole grains and beans.) My mentor midwife has had great success with this advice for her clients.
Check out the book "What every pregnant woman should know about diet and drugs in pregnancy." by Dr. Tom Brewer.
I would like to see more emphasis placed on nutrition in modern medicine. Eating well is so important.
Cheers! Meghan

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