Preclampsia and Brewer diet

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Re: Preclampsia and Brewer diet

Postby dellis15 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 01:47 pm

Thank you all for the information. I'm going to do more research.

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Re: Preclampsia and Brewer diet

Postby laney_p » Mon Aug 12, 2013 01:30 pm

Hey there:

Besides the great resources caryn pointed you too, the PF also has information on the website that you might be interested in. Various researchers have looked into nutritional theories of preeclampsia, but so far there has not been much to come out of it. ... hypothesis

Many people would be very happy if following a diet would be the remedy for PE, but unfortunately it is not that simple. If you get PE, your placenta is the culprit. Delivery of the placenta is the only known cure to start the body healing. :( Of course, eating healthy foods and maintaining a general healthy lifestyle during pregnancy (and outside pregnancy too of course!) is important, but it is not known to influence whether you get PE or not. There is also evidence that some diets could potentially be dangerous, so do be careful.

You should also check out the Health Information section about recurrence rates ( ... aq#fifteen) and as caryn mentioned, consult with a SMFM so you can get a personal risk assessment done. That should be reassuring and help you and your partner to have a lot of good knowledge and care if/when you decide to try again.

So glad that you and your little girl are doing well! Let us know how the decision process goes. We are all here to support you.
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Re: Preclampsia and Brewer diet

Postby caryn » Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:53 am

Welcome to the forums - I'm glad you've found us!

I was on the Brewer diet from preconception and still developed preeclampsia at 33 weeks - delivered at 34 weeks. There are a lot of us who tried that diet and found that it did not work. It's also pretty old-school; modern research says preeclampsia is all about how the placenta implants and how well it manages to negotiate with the maternal immune system. Placentas are foreign organs, and have to induce a kind of maternal tolerance for pregnancy to work normally. There's a bunch about this in the links in my .sig.

When the placenta implants, it remodels the spiral arteries that supply blood to the uterus, and that remodeling sticks around. That seems to be the big reason why women don't usually get preeclampsia in later pregnancies. However, the earlier your onset was - and yours was so early - the higher your risk of recurrence. Most of us are followed by maternal-fetal medicine specialists in subsequent pregnancies. They're experts trained in the management of these medically complicated pregnancies and will watch us closely for the onset of any complications. They're also good at hunting down any underlying conditions that could have contributed to preeclampsia, like a family history of chronic hypertension or an autoimmune disease. You can find one in your area at (choose the physician locator and search by state.)

There's a stickied post in the Announcements and News forum that links to a bunch of recent research, too. Hope this helps!
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Preclampsia and Brewer diet

Postby dellis15 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:25 am


I am new to the forum and wanted some advice. I developed pre-e with hypertension with my first pregnancy around 20 weeks. My daughter was born via emergency c-section at 27 weeks. She is now a healthy brilliant 2.5 year old with no complications. We want to try and conceive again but I an so scared as it was the worst time of my life and I didn't like the Nicu experience as every mom who has been through this experience. So I was doing research and came across the Brewer diet and was also informed about it by a midwife. As anyone had pre-e and tried the brewer diet and was successful? Also anyone with successful stories with second pregnancy after pre-e. What did you do different? Any advice would be great. Really want a second but very scared. Thank you in advance.

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