Post # 1
Firstly, I’m interested in what you think, but please try not to be rude 😡 That said…
I started drinking raw milk, occasionally, a couple of years ago. It’s the only raw milk that I’ve seen in the area and is sold at a local health food store. I’m not a huuuge milk drinker and the milk itself is pretty pricey for my expense range, so I never bought more than a half gallon every couple months.
I’m ten weeks pregnant now and, because of the morning sickness I’ve been having, haven’t been able to eat much in the last…ten weeks, haha. But the last couple of days I’ve been feeling great (if you don’t count the face rash, exhaustion and mustache – where is this glow at?!). But now I’m actually hungry and keeping things down and it’s great!
And I’ve been craving milk like no one’s business. But not store bought milk – raw milk. After I started drinking the raw, I can barely stomach a glass of store bought milk. It honestly tastes different – and not in a good way.
So I’ve been thinking of picking up a half gallon from the health food store. But I’m wary. I’ve always been a big supporter of raw milk and cheese. I never thought it was as dangerous as people make it out to be. I never once got sick from drinking it and know people who drink it morning, noon and night without getting ill. Plus, I’ve been to this dairy. I actually spent ten hours milking the very cows this milk comes from. So I’m aware of the precautions they take and the cleanliness of the facilities.
But I’m still sort of nervous – then again, I’ve been made to feel like I’m going to end up killing this baby if I eat lunch meat or soft served ice cream or have a soda/cup of coffee. I would ask my temporary doctor, but I’m almost 99% sure she’d say it would be awful and dangerous and too much of a risk. I’m even afraid of being judged by family for “taking risks when [I’m] responsible for this new life.”
So what are the opinions of you fine folk? Is it too dangerous to risk it? Is it a bunch of scare tactics? Or should I just suck it up and wait until the baby’s born to get my milk fix?
Post # 3
Eeps! Don’t drink the raw milk! I am not an overreactor about the pregnancy and food stuff, but raw milk is one of those things that is really actually bad! It’s not that you might get sick, it’s that e-coli causes miscarrages. Some things in pregnancy, if you get them while you’re pregnant it’s way worse – like chicken pox or listeriousis or fifth’s disease or e-coli. I would stick with some nice delicious pasturized homogenized milk for the pregnancy, and go back to the raw milk after!
Post # 4
I really would not do this – and I’m 24 weeks pregnant and have zero issues with a daily can of pop or the occasional tuna fish sandwich, but unprocessed milk and cheese is really risky for your baby. The fact that the fairy takes many precautions and people don’t get sick from drinking it really has nothing to do with it. The bacteria that is in raw milk that can cause illness pretty rarely affects people, I think the number is something like 1 in 1600. But the amount of bacteria that it takes to harm you is much different than the amount it takes to harm your teeny tiny baby. I love lunch meat and crave it sometimes, but I’ve stayed away from it for the same reason – we’re talking a food with a legitimate risk to your child, not something that they just recommend limiting or that studies show may have a negative effect on some fetuses but there isn’t any overwhelming evidence.
I totally get how awful morning sickness is – for about the first three months I threw up practically everything I ate and lost so much weight, it was miserable. Pop was something that actually helped calm my stomach, and I got so freaking irritated with people judging me for it. So I’m not trying to sound harsh or judgemental at all, just saying that to me this crosses the line into something that is definitely unsafe. I’d get through the next 30 weeks without it and request for your SO to bring you a nice big jug of it for your first post-delivery meal =)
Post # 5
@MsKeee: Thanks for your reply. If it was a farm that I had never visited, I would be a lot more wary than I am. But I’ve worked on this farm, seen how healthy and clean the cows/goats are, the precautions that are taken with the milking, storage and cleaning of the machines, so I’m not as wary as I might be. I’m definitly still on the fence.
nice delicious pasturized homogenized milk
Except, to me, the pasturized milk doesn’t taste delicious. If I decide not buy the raw milk, I’ll probably just opt to not drink milk at all until the baby’s born. 🙂
Post # 6
@Wonderstruck: Thanks for the info! And the post delivery milk delivery is a great idea 😀
And now I’m just throwing things around, but what about the women who grow up on these dairies and continue to drink the milk throughout their pregnancy?
Post # 7
No way! I get really yummy local non-homogenized milk in glass bottles from a local organic farm, but definitely pasteurized!
Post # 8
You’re going to get a lot of negative reactions here. People on these boards tend to be very anti-anything outside of mainstream medicine/science. We drink raw milk and my pregnant SIL is drinking it also. She’s very healthy. Pasteurized milk is actually much dirtier, and has to be pasteurized to be safe, because most of it contains so much pus and bacteria. Gross. Farms you trust are much safer IMO. Also, you can get E. coli, listeriosis, etc a lot of places, like lettuce and other produce. If you’re comfortable with it, I wouldn’t be concerned.
Post # 9
@PiggehBank: I think I feel the same way about raw sprouts as you do about raw milk! I love them and crave them all the time and buy them organic and would scrub the crap out of them, but Health Canada has a warning that says no matter what you do and where they come from, don’t eat them raw while pregnant because of the e-coli risk, and if you are desperate for them, cook them. So I cook them, and eat them, and it’s not the same, but it’s just one of those things to live with while pregnant!
Post # 10
Here’s an article with a good discussion of data:
Raw Milk Reality: Is Raw Milk Dangerous?
I am not a milk drinker but am a huge supporter of raw milk. Let’s not forget that pasteurized milk is a relatively modern invention and that even today around the world many people, including pregnant women, drink unpasteurized milk. I’m not advocating that you drink gallons a day, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having the occassional glass. According to the article, you’re in much worse danger due to the vegetables you eat as opposed to drinking the raw milk. Bottoms up!
Post # 11
@MsKeee: haha. I didn’t even know what sprouts were. Thank you, Google! 🙂 Now I’m going to have to try some.
@BlondeMissMolly: Yes, those were my thoughts on the matter. I imagined I would get a lot of negative reactions here, but figured it would be better to get opinions from strangers than family who would never let it go. 😛
@HisMoon: Or jars of peanutbutter – I do agree and, in general, I think it’s safer to buy from where you know. Thanks for the article, btw
Post # 12
@PiggehBank: Well, some people do get lucky, but it’s a big enough risk that I wouldn’t be willing to take it. I know there is a lot of propoganda on both sides – the anti saying ‘OMG you should NEVER drink raw milk, you’ll get sick, you’ll definitely miscarry’, etc. Then there’s the pro side saying ‘Raw milk is so great and healthy, it will help you ward off disease even in your pregnancy, your baby will be stronger and healthier, etc.’ Here’s an interesting article that gives both points of view and does a pretty good job of it:
Raw Milk Reality: Is Raw Milk Worth the Risk?
Although there are benefits to raw milk, even considering the positive points in the article I wouldn’t do it. I know some of the stuff I do, like drinking pop, certainly doesn’t have any health benefits – but there’s also no reason to believe it could cause a miscarriage. If a food or drink has a proven risk of miscarriage, no matter whether it’s likely to happen or not, I wouldn’t do it.
ETA: Just noticed two of us linked to the same article…hah, that’s kinda funny.
Post # 13
If you decide to forego milk altogether, please up your intake of calcium from other sources; pregnancy significantly leeches calcium from your bones and it’s difficult to build your stores up again.
Post # 14
Please do not risk this. I know you saw the dairy. Remember you cannot ‘see’ microscopic pathogens. Do you plan to culture every bottle of milk? It is not worth the risk. I am a farm veterinarian and am well educated on the diseases you and your unborn could contract. At the very least consult your doctor first.
Post # 15
@Wonderstruck: Good points 🙂
That article is popular! 😀
Post # 16
Please don’t! It’s one of those things where you PROBABLY won’t have a problem. But what if you DO? It’s a totally preventable problem!