by sarahedgcomb (19 Posts), Sun Jul 27, 2003 08:07 am
I am also curious about the Brewer Diet and have even purchased the book online. I'm pregnant again and my son is now 2 years old. 2 years ago, I had early preeclampsia and gave birth at 32 weeks. However, my blood pressure had started to rise a few weeks before then. I ended up having a c-section and my son was born at 2 1/2 pounds and was IUGR. He was in the NICU for 3 months. In my pathology reports, my placenta was very small for it's gestation and had blood clots in it.
Before I got pregnant this time, I went to an obgyn who specializes in preeclampsia. He orded many, many blood tests (everything from liver function tests, coagulation tests, kidney function tests, blood vitamin levels, enzyme levels, etc.) I think in total they drew about 15 vials of blood. I also did a 24 hour urine catch. All of my tests came back normal and my blood pressure was 110/70 - also normal.
Like I said, I have the brewer diet, and I'm going to follow it a "T". I saw a message that said a lot of the studies that are associated with it are old and outdated. I have to say that I disagree with this. The book was updated and republished in 2000- I don't think that's too outdated. The diet is seems to be sound and very straightfoward. It even stresses and encourages women to find out if they have an unerlying disorder before becoming pregnant again. If you read about pregnancy nutrition, the Brewer Diet doesn't differ much from what you read about in any current pregnancy book.
I know in my last pregnancy I did not eat the quality or the quantity of what's in this "diet" (I don't think it's really a diet, per se, but a sound way of eating). I didn't get enough protein nor did I get enough calcium or calories to sustain a normal pregnancy. I relied on supplements to get my nutrion, and clearly this did not work for me.
I also have friends and sister who gulped down soda, bags of chips, pints of ice cream, etc and didn't have any problems. I think it's just what your body can handle and what is too much stress for your body -- and also how the placenta attaches itself and sustains the pregnancy. I agree that there are a lot of people (and maybe myself when pregnant) with underlying problems like kidney disease, preexisting high blood pressure, blood clotting disorders, enzyme disorders and I truley believe that before embarking on another pregnancy, one should be screened for all of these potential risks. But even if you have a potential risk, you should follow a sound diet that's rich in lean meat, milk, eggs, fruits, vegtables and whole grains and sufficient in calories, it's just common sense.
Before I became pregnant again, and after the birth of my son,I had started to take vitamin supplements - 1000 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E and 400 mg of Folic Acid. With my doctor's approval, I'm contuing these supplements, along with a prenatal vitamin. He also suggested I take 80mg of asprin before bedtime. So, a week ago, at 6 weeks pregnant, I started that.
I think I'll check in to this board to let everyone know how the diet is going and how the pregnancy is coming along. I think it would be interesting to follow.
Fiber... good luck with your pregnancy. Maybe we can compare notes and see how the diet works for us.