Pregnant woman's restrictive raw food diet

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I haven’t fed read the article (I just had to leave that typo in, lol) but this diet already sounds ridiculous from the title. Raw foods are somewhat risky during pregnancy. Veggies should be blanched. I know this and am seriously not looking forward to it (I lurve my raw salads), and while it’s one thing for a pregnant woman to say “I think blanching all my food so I don’t eat raw veggies is too much work and the risk so minimal, I can’t/won’t do it,” it’s an entirely other thing to intentionally eat all raw! How silly!

Anyway, I’ve realized that many, many expectant mothers do many risky behaviors. I’m not really sure what can be done about it. We don’t want children harmed by ignorant parents but we also don’t want to overstep on women’s rights either. In most cases I think more education is all we can do. Women like her who don’t understand what actually constitutes a healthful diet need more nutritional education. Maybe this is pointing out a need for more emphasis on this in the public school system?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

After readng the article, yes, unfortunately her diet is bizarre and unhealthy.

I don’t understand how anyone could think extreme could ever be healthy. They are antithetical to each other. Health emerges from a delicate and complex balance. Monomeals? sigh.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Reminds me of Steve Jobs’ fruitarian diet. Which obviously wasn’t a great idea. 

I feel bad for the baby, because it cannot develop normally without all of the proper nutrients and building blocks ingested via the mother. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

I think none of us are her doctors and none of us know anything about her health. She would be under the care of an OBGYN and I very much doubt she would be going public if she didn’t have the support of her doctor and has been told she is healthy. No doctor, especially here in Australia with mandatory reporting, would let a parent endanger the life of their child.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Honestly, her diet looked much healthier than 3/4 of the North American population so I don’t think we have any room to judge her.

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

So now we’re mommy-judging someone for eating too many fruits and vegetables???

I see threads on here all the time that say things like, “I’m pregnant … first trimester … horrible MS … all I can tolerate is McDonald’s/potato chips/double-stuf Oreos/deep fried Twinkies/etc.” and the only acceptable response seems to be a live-and-let-live “you’ll be fine, your body will take care of what the baby needs.” I can’t even imagine the sh*tstorm that would break out if someone were to say, “that’s terrible, you should make an effort to eat better.” So this feels really hypocritical. Can we extend her the same courtesy and indulgence the rest of us seem to expect?

How about we just stop and accept that grown women, even pregnant ones (hell, *especially* pregnant ones!) are entitled to make their own choices (good, bad, or indifferent) about their health and their bodies? We don’t have to like or agree with their choices, but we don’t have skin in the game, so it’s really not our place to say anything. Best to assume that they have their own and their baby’s best interest in mind and are making choices based on criteria they feel are important (again, whether we agree with the criteria or not.)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@joya_aspera:  Dietitian here…never heard that pregnant women need to blanch all of their vegetables, just wash/rinse thoroughly (even the “prewashed” salad mixes), but that isn’t specific to pregnant women, that is everyone.

Honestly, I hate judging a person’s diet until I actually hear about it from them and get a few days worth of what she actually ate. Just because her diet is 10% protein, maybe that is providing enough grams of protein to meet the needs of her baby (?). I know many vegan pregnant women who had very healthy pregnancies and babies-I hope she is one of them.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@j_jaye:  +1000.  Would I do it?  No.  But who am I?  I’m certainly not a doctor.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@KCKnd2:  YES!!!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@joya_aspera:  I was never advised to blanch all my veggies. Where did you hear this? I craved fresh veg and ate them like crazy.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@j_jaye:  

@urchin:  

@KCKnd2:  

@KH:  

+1 to all you guys. I am not about to judge this woman’s diet — good god, pregnant women are judged enough as it is! I’ll leave the issue between her and her doctor.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Also, my birth class teacher told us that while it’s of course best to eat a balanced diet, that’s mostly for the mother’s benefit – the baby will take the nutrients it needs from the mom’s body.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@j_jaye:  Actually, it’s very possible that she isn’t under the care of an OBGYN. There are people who do all kinds of risky things, including freebirthing (unattended birth) and there’s no way to know if she’s one of them. Plus, even if she has an OBGYN she may not have told him about her diet, because she presumably thinks it’s healthy.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

i personally don’t see a huge problem with it if her blood/vitamin/whatever levels are okay and that she’s eating a caloric surplus enough to grow her baby.

FWIW though, i’m a vegetarian who eats vegan most of the time and juices often.

so the whole “your baby needs meet to grow” arguement doesn’t sit well with me.

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